Firm started by teenager celebrates 10 years and record turnover

Firm started by teenager celebrates 10 years and record turnover

An IT company which was started by a 16-year-old is celebrating both its 10th anniversary and becoming a multi-million pound business.

Razorblue Group employs more than 40 people, has offices in Catterick, Leeds, Newcastle and London and works with more than 200 clients. It has recently posted record results, and announced that it anticipates its turnover to grow from £3.5m to more than £4.5m in the coming year.

Managing director Dan Kitchen, from Sunderland, quit his A’ level studies after just three months to concentrate on his business: “It was a bit of a leap of faith, but it paid off. I was 100% confident because I had nothing to lose and I knew what I wanted to achieve.”

Ten years later Razorblue’s list of clients includes a various range of businesses such as Sports Direct, Wensleydale Creamery and financial advisors Gale & Phillipson.

Razorblue began as a cloud hosting business – and still works with some of its early clients - but has gradually evolved.  Now it offers expertise in Managed IT Support, Cloud, Connectivity and bespoke business software. 

Speaking at the company’s head office in Catterick, Kitchen said: “There’s been a marked change recently in the way technology works - there’s been a massive drive towards cloud – but we were already ahead of the game many years ago.

“We became an internet service provider in 2009 and built our own network. We also built our own cloud infrastructure and the knowledge behind that goes back more than 10 years. That means we have loads of experience delivering the solutions people now want. 

“From our customers’ point of view, we do everything ourselves and we are in control through our own infrastructure. We are 100% accountable. Not many other people can say that.”

“If anybody tells you they know what’s going to happen in IT in the next two years they’re talking rubbish. Nobody knows what’s going to happen.  We’ve got to move with the market and keep up with the times – that’s what we’ve done for the 10 years.  If new technology comes to the market you’ve got to embrace it.”


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