Stafford IT firm EPX celebrated ten years in business with the Mayor of Stafford
Champagne corks flew at a Stafford-based IT firm when the Mayor of Stafford, Councillor Ray Sutherland, joined them to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the company’s founding last Friday afternoon.
EPX Ltd provides IT support for small to medium enterprises and organisations, with an additional speciality of microwave internet connections to rural or otherwise inaccessible locations.
The directors and managers of EPX, Dan Ellis and Mark Pennington, were delighted to tell the Mayor all about the company’s services. He also learned how they had first met as computer students in the very room their business now occupies, although it looked a lot different at the time. Based in the top floor of the Reynolds Centre, on Foregate Street, the company is located in what was for many years the Attic Bar night club, the setting for many great memories for many Stafford people. “We drank Sambuca and talked about how we had both always wanted to have our own business” recalled Dan, 30. That was in 2002.
The young entrepreneur’s first office did not have such a glamorous heritage. “It was just the two of us a back room in an industrial engineering firm’s warehouse in Rugeley – our first customer, as it happens. There wasn’t even carpet on the concrete floor” said Mark, also 30. “All our furniture came out of a skip. Eventually we carpeted it with floor tiles from a pound shop for £17.”
Three offices, hundreds of customers and a decade later, the spacious former club venue now houses 18 staff members, keeping computers running smoothly for firms all over the Midlands and North West.
“As well as all kinds of businesses, our customers range from hospitals to schools and the Ministry of Defence to Her Majesty’s Prison Service” explained Dan.
Toasting their first decade in business, His Worshipful, the Mayor, kindly wished the company every success in the next ten years.
Having worked in Stafford since our launch in 2005, EPX have decided to put ourselves to the public vote and enter the “Pride in Stafford” business awards.
We have entered the “Best Professional Service” category and would appreciate your vote!
To vote, please visit the page below and put “EPX Technical Services” into the “Best Professional Service” box!!
Thank you to all of our customers for your continued support over the years,
Director, EPX Limited
This week saw the launch of the eagerly anticipated iPhone 6 from Apple and it has been an interesting start to life for the next generation of smart phones. After the first one purchased in Australia was dropped on live television only for the screen to smash (which is desperately unlucky) there are now reports that the iPhone 6 is subject to being bent whilst in the owner’s pocket.
The outbreak of bending iPhones has taken social media by storm with Twitter users using the hashtags bendgate and bentgate to express their dismay and make jokes about the smartphone. Experts are currently divided on whether or not Apple need to rectify the problem or even release a statement.
The Principal technology analyst at the Davies Murphy Group, Chris Green, has said that “This is not an issue that Apple – or any other phone companies – need to respond to or fix.” He goes on to say that modern day smart phones are “not designed to be put in trouser pockets.”
However Jasdeep Badyal, who is an analyst from the telecoms consultancy CCS Insight, has a different opinion. “I think initially they should acknowledge the situation.” “Then the second step will be to take action by providing cases or replacements.”
Apple have also had to find a quick fix for a bug in their most recent version of IOS. This was after iPhone 6 users who had installed IOS 8.0.1 were unable to make or receive calls. Apple released a statement to say that all effected users could reinstall IOS 8.0 through iTunes and that IOS 8.0.2 is being worked on around the clock which includes a fix for the issue.
After a series of reported over heating issues HP have been forced into recalling over six million power cords sold between September 2010 and June 2012. The recall has been issued after people have been reportedly burned, by the power cords, causing injury.
A message on HP’s website confirmed that “HP customers affected by this program will be eligible to receive a replacement AC power cord for each verified, recalled AC power cord at no cost.” This is not the first time that HP have had to recall products due to overheating issues. They were also force3d into recalling their Chromebook Laptops from sale after their chargers kept reportedly overheating.
The latest case of overheating power cords involve ones marked with “LS-15” on their sides and have been sold with HP and Compaq “Notebook” and “Mini Notebook” so make sure to check yours. A CPSC webpage has also released details of previous cases which includes two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.
EPX recommend that you check that your power cord is OK if you brought your laptop within the effected period (September 2010 – June 2012) in order to make sure that you reduce risk of injury or damage.
We provide a “Remote Support Only” service which will allow you to gain unlimited access to the professional advice and assistance from one of our engineers. You will receive the full amount of “Remote” and “Over the Phone” support that you need to help keep your I.T. up and running smoothly.
Our remote support comes with simple and controllable costs, nationwide support and fast response times. You will receive pro-active server management where our engineers will monitor the condition of your server to make sure that everything is running correctly.
It is easy to scale your support either up or down depending on your needs because contracts are taken out on a “per PC” or “per Server” basis. This means that you only pay for what you need allowing your business to see the full benefit of our support!