New IT consultancy takes off and sets sights on Guernsey
TWO Jersey IT consultants who launched their own business just five months ago are already employing several other Islanders and are looking to expand into Guernsey.
Dave Edge and Gary Stewart started Nexus Technology at the beginning of the year, but weren’t sure at first if they would be running a lifestyle business or one that would grow from strength to strength.
‘When demand came, we quickly realised it was going to be a thriving and successful business,’ said Mr Stewart, co-founder and chief executive officer. ‘We spotted a gap in the market for high-end consultancy in technology solutions, software development, data analytics and project management. We are now already up to seven staff and are looking to grow pretty quickly to respond to market demand.’
Mr Stewart says that it’s important to find your own niche: ‘What we are doing differently is having experienced consultants working on projects for the full life-cycle of those projects. There was a gap in the market for experience delivering projects and not just selling them.
‘Making the leap from corporate culture to entrepreneurial start-up has been exciting, but isn’t without its challenges.’
Advice to new entrepreneurs
- Don’t run before you can walk.
- Remember in Jersey you are only as good as your last job.
- Never walk away. There are challenges – work together and fix them.
- Use available resources. Nexus started at the Digital Jersey Hub and also used Jersey Business for advice.
- We realise the value of good governance, so are paying for an NED to get on board. Investing at the outset is critical – people often do that when it’s too late.
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