A COMPUTER guru has set up a new business to help companies better use their IT systems.
“I found a lot of the customers I have been dealing with have been people asking about the basics and silver surfers who want to be able to use their computer better,” he said.
“ITC is a separate company specifically set up to help businesses with their IT issues.
“I want to help companies to understand their existing technology and get more out of it and help with the many IT changes that are being introduced.
“Although everyone is using computers in business, a lot of people don’t really understand the equipment and how much they are not accessing.
“I tailor my courses to exactly what the client wants to know by first establishing just what knowledge they have and what they want to be able to do.”
The father-of-two lives with his partner Judith, who like Rick used to work in the NHS.
In his spare time he is a drummer with many bands and has toured in several European countries. In 2012, along with his son and daughter he achieved a Guinness World Record as one of 798 drummers simultaneously playing.
In the 1970s at Turton High School he was first introduced to computers as the school had Commodore Pets.
After a series of jobs, mostly in hi-fi, Rick progressed to working in IT and latterly was a trouble-shooter with the NHS firstly at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury.
Reaching the age of 50 was a turning point and he decided it was time for a change so he set up his first business.
He said: “It is more satisfying working for myself and it was the right decision to make for me.
“I go into the workplace and work with the client to see what they need and how I can help but I also have use of conference facilities at Burnley Youth Theatre so I can train a class if required.”