Brothers Andy and Pete Hopton and their university friend Simon Bown got together in 2002 to begin offering IT support services to businesses and organisations in Sheffield. They were soon looking after several local companies and charities, managing their IT infrastructures, supporting their computer hardware and supplying new kit as required.
In 2004, the gang moved to a shop unit where they began retailing computer hardware as they continued to pick up more support business. It was then that they saw a gap in the UK market for high quality, more sustainable, energy efficient PCs and servers. VeryPC was formed to build our idea of the perfect computer and supply the "Very PC" that customers who'd been waiting for this kind of product to come along were looking for.
That TV appearance
In 2008, the BBC invited VeryPC to appear on their popular business television programme "Dragon's Den". Pete was MD at the time and it is fair to say that that the dragons did not appreciate his pitch for investment, rubbishing his ideas mercilessly on air. We're very happy to say that we've proved the dragons wrong since then and now look "fondly" back on the episode as a rite of passage for the company.
VeryPC had carved out a commanding "Green IT" niche in the computer hardware market, picking up multiple awards from the industry and acquiring new business at a much faster rate. In a few short years, we'd outgrown our shop and were looking for new, much bigger premises to house our increasing workforce and give us space to build all the energy efficient PCs we'd created demand for. In 2008 VeryPC moved to our current factory location on a new business park built to the high environmental standards of BREEAM. The opening ceremony of our new facility was attended by MPs Hillary Benn and David Blunkett, who was on ribbon cutting duties and commended VeryPC as a leader in the green IT industry.
In 2009 we set ourselves the task of creating the most sustainable PC on the planet, which led to the birth of our flagship range of products, the Broadleaf desktop PCs. We were now designing our own aluminium PC chassis which is still manufactured right here in Yorkshire. This new product has been our most successful line, gaining particularly strong interest from schools because of its intrinsic toughness. Our portion of the education market has continued to grow year on year and we now supply PCs, servers, audio visual and other IT equipment to schools all over the UK, along with businesses and public sector bodies.
VeryPC is still a family business, but now our family is a lot bigger than it used to be.