Com­puter whizz sets up re­pair busi­ness

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update - By Vicky Cas­tle

A tech-savvy teenager from Ash­ford has started his own com­puter re­pair busi­ness.

Four­teen-year-old com­put­er­whiz Matthew Bridger cre­ated M-Tek So­lu­tions af­ter en­cour­age­ment from a school ca­reers ad­vi­sor.

When a fam­ily friend com­plained that his PC had crashed, the John Wal­lis Academy pupil fixed the prob­lem in just two days.

He said: “What started as a favour turned into a busi­ness in that mo­ment, he wanted to pay me for my help but could not af­ford re­pair shop prices.”

In­no­va­tive Matthew saw his busi­ness op­por­tu­nity and be­gan restor­ing peo­ple’s gad­gets with a no fix, no fee pol­icy.

He con­tin­ued: “I could not find a part-time job even though I had been ap­ply­ing ev­ery­where.

“But now I think it is bet­ter than work­ing for some­one be­cause I have my own sched­ule and I don’t get told what to do.

“It does not re­ally af­fect my school­work as I get it all done in school. I stay be­hind to fin­ish it and then go home to work for the busi­ness.”

To kick­start the com­pany, the young en­tre­pre­neur made his own web­site and posted ad­verts on­line. He then set about scat­ter­ing fly­ers and busi­ness cars around the lo­cal area.

He said: “My Mum and Dad have been great and backed me up all the way.

“Dad tells his friends at work, they tell their friends and I guess most of my cus­tomers have been from word of mouth.

“My ca­reer teacher at school is al­ways there for me too, he’s try­ing to get me into the Princes Trust.”

But while Matthew says he has big vi­sions for the busi­ness, his age is prov­ing more of a hin­drance than a help.

He added: “I want to ex­pand by get­ting of­fice space and em­ploy­ing more peo­ple.

“But it’s re­ally dif­fi­cult to get fund­ing or rent any­where when you’re only 14.”

To find out more about M-Tek So­lu­tions, visit the web­site at www.mtek­so­lu­

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3313936

Matthew Bridger, 14, at work

Redec man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Colin Moore cuts a cake to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary

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