Our June speaker at Jesmond Dene is someone who has achieved incredible business success from the most inauspicious start, Garry Sheriff has a great story to tell!
Garry Sheriff would be the first to admit he didn’t take the usual university route to entrepreneurial success. He had a difficult time at school and although some thought bright he struggled, retrospectively his undiagnosed dyslexia was probably what held him back and he left school with no qualifications. Admitting to never having read a single book until he entered further education.
Starting his career at ground level in the hospitality trade as a dish washer! he quickly took on a number of other jobs which progressed into management roles, discovering an aptitude for building people based relationships he moved into IT sales and management.
Conscious that he left school early and with no qualifications, in his mid-20s he combined nine years of studying for an Honours degree in IT with holding down a sales manager’s role. Following a failed MBO, Garry decided with three colleagues to launch ITPS in 2000.
Garry has since steered the ship into a £20m turnover business with a 140-strong team, with a reputation for refreshingly honest advice, and unrivalled expertise in creating secure, high performance ICT infrastructures that deliver better value. ITPS owns its own £4m high security data centre and workspace recovery facility here in the North East, which combined with a continuous investment programme in its own high bandwidth, super-fast communications infrastructure services a worldwide client base.
Recognising like himself some people are better suited to practical working , Garry has always been a keen supporter of apprenticeships and other schemes that give young people a leg up into good careers, and a firm believer in the responsibility of businesses to make a positive difference to the community, Garry is an engaging speaker and happily admits to having no idea what he wanted to do when he left school – only that he wanted to be successful lots of stories about trials and tribulations getting from there to here over the last 36 years, long hard slog but never boring and how martial arts delivered an excellent outlet for pent up business frustrations.
Garry will be in conversation with Michael Grahamslaw – this will be a Q&A format to help get us through the big story behind Garry’s success.
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