Three IT graduates from RGU have taken the leap and started their own computing company called Aberdeen Business Computing Ltd

John Lauder (52), Stephen Coull (28), both from Aberdeen, and Kieran Hall (26) from Stromness, in Orkney, met at university whilst studying the Business Computing honours degree course.

Stephen said: "At university we felt the mixture of business and computing could be applied to what we perceived as a niche market - IT services for small businesses in the Aberdeen area - and started talking about starting a business when we left university."

John said: "The rapid pace of the IT market means that small businesses aren't capitalising on the advances being made in IT and the high costs of employing a dedicated IT person makes it impossible for most small businesses.

"Our premises are in Albert Place close to the central business district in the west end of Aberdeen which we feel ideally places us to best serve our market and provides maximum coverage for all business areas in Aberdeen."

Aberdeen Business Computing Ltd is self-funded by the three Directors through savings built up since graduating in 2001. They also received invaluable business advice from the Small Business Gateway. Their service portfolio can be broken down into IT support, Networking, Consultancy and Development which will be aimed at small businesses that cannot justify the employment of a dedicated IT team.

Kieran added: "We are all enthused and excited about starting our own business and see it as an opportunity to put to good use the wide range of combined skills learnt at university and gained during work experience. We are looking forward to the challenges this will bring and building a successful business for the future."