The secret of success for one Falkirk business is an ability to adapt and a determination not to overstretch financially.
IT company Microspec turns 30 at the end of the month and has not just survived several recessions but continued to develop.
Based in Grahams Road, the consultancy, which originally specialised in the sale of computer hardware, now offers a range of IT support, including Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, accounting systems and IT solutions.
David Pettigrew, one of the founders, counts the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, MGM Timber and Forth Valley College as long-standing clients.
Lyndsey Pettigrew, company secretary, said: “When the business first started there was no e-mail, no internet, no mobile apps and businesses were just beginning to realise the benefits of actually owning a computer. We recognised early on that we had to keep ahead of technology to survive.
“Within a few months of starting we began offering software that would help simplify and speed up essential business operations, such as accounts. Since then we have constantly adapted to ensure our customers get the technology they need to help them stay competitive, including installing electronic point of sales equipment in charity shops and other retail outlets.”
Microspec has received a lot of support from Business Gateway with Lyndsey saying its training programme was “invaluable”.
Business adviser Dorothy Henke said: “Business Gateway doesn’t just help new starts get off the ground, we work with companies at every stage of development. Over the years Microspec has accessed our assistance as it established itself as a highly respected IT company. We congratulate them on turning 30 and look forward to continuing to work with them.”
The launch of new technology, such as Windows 7 and Cloud computing, has provided the company with many highs over the years, although there have been some lows due to economic conditions.
Lyndsey added: “Not being afraid to adapt how we operate and the services we provide, as well as keeping on top of our finances, has enabled us to reach our 30th birthday.
“As for the future, we will be developing a range of Cloud hosted services to meet client demand in a bid to help them increase innovation and business agility, as well as lower costs.