Partnership pays dividends for pioneering computer company

Simon Bown and Peter Hopton VeryPC
Simon Bown and Peter Hopton VeryPC

SHEFFIELD-BASED VeryPC has reported significant improvements across the business as a result of its work with the Manufacturing Advisory Service Yorkshire & Humber.

VeryPC, manufacturers of some of the world’s most energy efficient desktop computers and servers, turned to MAS to help the company obtain the official certification required to reflect its strong environmental credentials.

Technical director Simon Bown said: “We realised that MAS could help us in other areas including achieving ISO 9001 and 14001 which we knew would be a great basis to reinforce our company’s messaging.”

Last year, MAS specialist Craig Smith carried out a manufacturing review of VeryPC’s requirements before commencing a 10 day improvement project to get systems in place for ISO accreditation.

Simon added: “It was a great help having Craig on board. He assisted us in mapping out the best method of recording and managing our environmental management systems including tracking and monitoring our waste, improving energy usage and training our staff in both our admin and manufacturing departments.”

As a result, the company’s turnover has been boosted by 2%; a 25% reduction in waste at quality control and testing has been achieved and system management awareness amongst staff has greatly improved. The intervention also resulted in £30,000 improvement in GVA.

Now VeryPC is planning to work with investors to achieve its ambitions to triple turnover in the next 12 months.

Simon said: “We didn’t want to get ISO accreditation to just ‘tick a box’ but to achieve real improvements in the business which it certainly has done. Craig’s in-depth knowledge of manufacturing was invaluable and we hope to work with MAS in the future as we continue to expand.”

VeryPC was set up by Peter Hopton and Simon Bown when both were university students studying electronic engineering and physics. The business has been trading since 2004 and, assisted by fellow director Andy Hopton (Peter’s brother), the company’s desktop PCs, mulit-seat GreenHive appliances and servers are now used in homes, businesses, universities, schools and organisations across the UK and also distributed worldwide.

The relationship with MAS began in 2008 when, having outgrown its existing premises, MAS assisted the firm with the logistics of relocating to larger, BREAM environmentally assessed facility.