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Thursday 11 October 2018
by Jackie Emson

Meet the Member - Michael Douglass from Yellowbus Solutions Ltd

Name of Business Yellowbus Solutions Ltd

Who are you? I’m Mike Douglass, the Commercial Director at Yellowbus

What sets you apart from the competition? We have a great team, service offering, tools and Technology. But so do a lot of other IT companies. What sets us apart, is we concentrate on your business goals first, and the technology/IT second.

How did the business come about? Just looking to improve the way businesses leverage IT and Technology

What are your main target markets? We operate in many, however have a strong background offering managed IT within the Nuclear, Energy and Engineering sectors. These are areas we have been successful and will continue to develop.

How long has your business been in existence? The company was founded in 2000 by my co-directors, and I came on board in 2002.

How many staff do you employ? We are currently recruiting, so should have between x25-x30 in 2018/19

What job or achievement makes you most proud? A highlight has been playing a part in growing Yellowbus into one of the leading managed IT providers in the North West. On top of that making a name for ourselves in the Nuclear/Engineering sectors has been a good move for the company, and an industry we like to work in.

Where do you see the business being in five years? In 5 years we want to be helping more businesses across Warrington and Cheshire. We have some exciting growth plans by acquiring some other IT businesses We will be the leading Managed IT provider in the Nuclear/Engineer sector

Why Warrington? Warrington is a great place to do business. Close-knit community, close to major business cities and excellent transport links. Birchwood Park is one of the hubs for the UK’s nuclear sector, so another reason we will continue to grow our presence here.

Tell us one interesting thing about the business that might surprise us? In 2015 a team of Yellowbus staff competed in the ‘London River Race’ – a 26 mile professional rowing event (our team only spent a couple of months learning how to row). We raised lots of money for St Roccos

Tell us one interesting thing about you that people might not know? (ie, hobbies, amusing fact, etc) I’ve run several Ultra-Marathons (40-50Miles)

Brexit – good, bad, opportunity? If you’re an SME that is agile / nibble and can pivot when needed, don’t worry about it…. Crack on with concentrating on your business.

Fantasy dinner party – which six people alive or dead would you invite? Simon Sinek Jeff Bezos Warren Buffet Eva Longoria (or my wife Victoria if she is reading this) :o) Lance Armstrong (a bit controversial?) …And my Son Harrison for entertainment