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A SOUTH WALES IT company is forecasting doubling its turnover by 2012 following a significant new technology investment.

A2Z, which employs 15 staff in Newport and Swansea, is looking to recruit further, having just missed the pounds 1m turnover barrier in 2009. However, it is on course to break through it this year.

And, with the addition of new product Eagleye 24/7 - a remote monitoring network support service that alerts A2Z if there are any issues threatening the running of the business through its critical services - it is forecasting to expand rapidly towards the pounds 2m turnover mark.

Managing director Mr Az Ashraf said: "We have recorded growth every year we have been trading and, this year, we expect to go over the pounds 1m mark.

"The rapid growth in the next 18 months will be obtained from Eagleye plus the desktop and server virtualisation technology we have."

Mr Ashraf was working for another IT company when he decided to form A2Z and later asking partner Mr Howard Kirkman to come on board.

Initially Mr Ashraf ran a bulletin board called Chaos BBS offering free support and programs.

Since then the company has grown to its present position where nine engineers keep the systems of business and schools operating around South Wales.

He added: "In those early days, I basically had an on-line community, well before the days of the Internet.

"BBS stands for Bulletin Board Service and basically it was like a mini website where people would dial into me.

"When I was 16, I had about eight or nine phone lines in my bedroom, all allowing nine or ten people to connect in at any one time to see my website."

He added: "Howard, who recently retired, knew all the contacts in all the local schools around Newport and South East Wales and I asked him to come on board.

"He did and we, basically, accelerated the business from then onwards."

The company's clients include Wilmott-Dixon, SE Moore, Kymin Financial, CAV Areospace and Underwood Insurance.

Mr Ashraf added: "We also have offices in the University of Wales, Newport, campuses so any student who has an issue with their IT can bring it to our on-site engineer."

It also has partner clients in Canary Wharf, Michigan, USA, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland.

Mr Ashraf added: "We have never lost a contract, we take pride in making sure companies want to stay on board with us. We actually have had to overhaul our queuing system for jobs to cope with the increase in demand for our services, training more people in different areas to diversify."


Managing director of A2Z Computing, Az Ashraf says the firm has had record growth every year they have traded
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Date:Aug 25, 2010
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