A COMPUTER company set up in Portchester 25 years ago is celebrating its birthday with a record year and soaring growth.
Novatech was founded in February 1987 as a computer parts mail order firm by David Furby, who is still its managing director.
A quarter of a century later the company is now the fifth largest PC manufacturer in the UK and is Microsoft’s fastest-growing partner.
Despite the economic gloom Novatech’s business and education team has trebled in size, breaking all the company’s previous records for growth, new customers, turnover and profit.
Mr Furby said: ‘We have come a very long way and although the majority of our work is now planning technology for businesses, we still have amazing people taking care of customers at the centre of what we do.
‘That much hasn’t changed.’
Novatech has won awards for the quality of its products and service and in 2010 the readers of Which? Magazine rated it top for reliability and service.
In 2011 it was ranked second, behind Apple, but ahead of every other international giant such as Dell, HP and Sony.
Mr Furby added: ‘These kinds of accolades are great but we are a very different company from any of them.
‘At our heart, we are an engineering company that makes custom-built computers for our customers’ individual needs.
‘Businesses and schools tell us what they need their technology to do and we make sure they get the ideal machines to do it.
‘That’s not something any other PC company can really match and that’s what more and more of them are looking for.’