Bowker IT is made up of a hand-picked team of specialists, each with their own areas of expertise and experience. We make sure all aspects of your IT and tech requirements can be delivered to the highest standard. We do this quite simply by solving our clients’ problems. Transparently, honestly, and supportively.
Known as: Redvers
Stuart co-founded Bowker IT in 2005 and is responsible for the company’s continued development and growth, overseeing major projects and reporting to the Board of Directors.Read More
Having been Microsoft, VMWare, and Cisco certified, Stuart’s specific strengths are within IT networking, for both infrastructure projects and server virtualisation. He has been involved at a strategic level with Manchester City Council, Lancashire County Council and also various school strategic policy committee’s throughout Lancashire & North West England. On top of Stuart’s 25 years’ experience of working in business IT departments, he also has a keen interest in IT provision & support within the education sector realising the need to provide business class IT solutions to schools.
Role: Senior IT Consultant
Known as: Gormo
James is an experienced IT consultant and can quickly identify a school or businesses needs to give them a practical solution. James plans and implements IT projects and as a Microsoft Certified Technician, can also give support to Bowker IT’s school clients, resolving network, server, phone, and client device issues.Read More
On top of his experience in server virtualisation, project management and IP Telephony, James is especially clued up on Office 365, firewalls, and web filtering. He has recently worked to virtualise four physical servers into one, as well as a backup solution at Central Lancaster High School. The project included a migration and upgrade from Windows 2008 domain to Windows 2016.
Role: IT Technician/Admin
Known as: Lou Lou
Louise has been part of the Bowker IT team since 2012, ITIL qualified in IT Service Desk management and is a Microsoft Certified Professional in several disciplines.Read More
She has experience in 1st Line Support, Domain names and Office 365. Louise can offer advice and quote clients for a range of ICT products from single desktop products, to more complex system solutions. Louise organises, plans and maintains your tailored support visits to fit in with your specific requirements, she is the first port of call on all office requirements, assisting other members of the team with internal systems and procedures.
Role: IT Consultant
Known as: The Wizard
James has been working in IT support since the turn of the millennium and, since then, has had several roles and has developed a wide skill set to allow efficient resolution of issues.Read More
Holding Microsoft certifications in Windows 8 and Office 365, as well as being certified support for IP Cortex phone systems, James is currently working towards his MCSE qualification. From his time served in the IT world, James has experience in desktop and server support, migrations, software deployment, SQL and Exchange/Office 365. He has recently completed server installation and virtualisation projects for Althams Butchers, providing an internet failover solution for Major Equipment as well as phone system installations for Astley Park and Chadwick High School.
Role: IT Engineer
Known as: Inspector Gadget
With over eight years’ experience as a Network Manager in a secondary school, and four years with Bowker IT, Jez has a wealth of experience in the day-to-day running of IT infrastructure within schools and can advise and assist with most aspects of a school’s IT.Read More
He has experience with software deployment, anti-virus, Group Policy, WiFi solutions, specifying and installing PCs, laptops, and iPads. As well as his experience of SIMS and Lightspeed web filtering, Jez has implemented whole school IT upgrades.
Role: Sales and Marketing Manager
Known as: Kimbo
Kim has over 22 years of experience in sales and sales management in the radio industry and is multi-award-winning (both industry and company-wide) for customer service/sales.Read More
Joining the Bowker IT team in June 2018, she’s one of our newest recruits and is driven to give each customer a wonderful experience. In fact, Kim says that her philosophy is: ‘Look after your customer and the business will come…’. Kim is passionate and really genuinely excited about taking this company on to the next journey and telling the Bowker story.
Role: IT Engineer
Known as: Baz
Barry has worked in IT for over 40 years, which means that he’s worked in IT before it was even called IT - when Barry entered the IT world, it was called ‘data processing’ and they had a big key to wind it up.Read More
He says that his biggest influence in IT since he started in the 70s is ‘probably TCP/IP networks (which led to email and internet/www and everything else that is bad habit forming!).’
Role: Projects Manager
Known as: The Grafter
Before working at Bowker IT, David, our Projects Manager, was a data engineer for 18 years and a project manager for 2 years. He started working for Bowker Electrical on the BSF scheme in Burnley for 2 years doing electrical installations.Read More
He now specialises fibre optic installations, door access, CCTV, IRS, and SKY TV installations. David works alongside our team of installation engineers and claims that his favourite challenge of his job at Bowker IT is ‘making sure every job runs as smooth as it possible can from start to finish.’
Role: IT Engineer
Known as: 'Scotty'
Martin started his IT career in the 80’s in the Youth Training Scheme at the Lancaster Information Technology Centre over thirty years ago! His first work placement included supporting 3 x IBM clone ‘green screens’. Only one of the machines was advanced enough to have a hard disk drive, which was a stunning 10Mb in capacity!Read More
A Microsoft Certified Professional since 1998, Martin has recently joined the team to support the business in a time of growth and will be involved in supporting the needs of our customers’ end-users and maintaining their back-end systems.
Karl Beig (pronounced 'Beeg')
Role: IT Technician
Known as: Karlos/Karltini/Karlito
Karl started his career in 2008at a Preston based High School.Working mainly in Educational support he has gained fantastic day-to-day knowledge of how IT in a school is utilised to its full effect.Read More
He has supported over twenty schools in the North West since he started his career, and in this time he has greatly improved them by bringing systems up to date and keeping up with the advances of technology. Karl is passionate about IT and says "in the job, nothing beats seeing a classroom full of students using the IT system that you have put in place. Happy staff able to do their job without IT related issues. The more seamless the better". He has installed Microsoft Domains and Apple MDM systems for Education along with interactive displays and wireless networks. And to clear it up? His surname is pronounced 'Beeg'!
How We Work
Taking the time to get to know you, your business, and all of your requirements
Meeting your current needs, while always future-proofing for issues down the line
Our transparent services keep you on budget and on schedule with limited disruption
Central Lancaster High School
“The migration to a single domain was virtually flawless with minimal snagging. Network speed has improved considerably with backups simplified. Staff can now log on to any computer...
Lancaster Road Primary School
Everything we do as a school is focussed on raising aspirations, improving outcomes for children and ensuring a safe and happy school experience for children. Bowker IT have become...
Bowker IT provides a highly professional, knowledgeable and cost effective service. They have a thorough understanding of our unique needs and priorities, in addition to awareness of wider technological developments and business innovations. As an online operation uptime is business critical, and Bowker IT have consistently demonstrated their commitment to ensuring we have a stable and effective system in place.
We are a fairly new client to Bowker IT, but in the short time that we have worked with them, they have implemented a solution that has improved our day to day working environment greatly. The consultants provide an efficient and professional service both remotely and on-site. They deal with issues in a timely manner, keeping us informed throughout. They have an understanding of our requirements for the working day to run effectively, and are committed to making sure our environment is stable and productive. I highly recommend Bowker IT Ltd to any company that are looking to outsource their ICT, they have become a valued part of our company in such a short space of time..
We are extremely happy with the service we have received from Bowker IT, right from the start they were clear and helpful in implementing our IT upgrade. Unlike other companies I have worked with, they kept us in the loop and kept the conversations jargon free and non patronising. The installation was quick, painless and passed without disruption to our work, and they are very quick to provide off and on site support, even for relatively small issues. I would definitely recommend them to any of our clients with similar requirements.
When we started the business, we chose Bowker IT straight away as we knew the team would get the job done. From recommending Cloud Storage - to allow us to have access to a server and our email at a low cost no matter where we are in the world - right through to remotely accessing our computers when we have problems, they have provided exactly what we need to operate our business efficiently. They are friendly, straight talking, approachable and always ensure any issues are sorted out quickly, which allows us to concentrate on running the business. They have become a valuable part of our company and I’d happily recommend them to other businesses looking for support as they grow.
We have no hesitation in recommending Bowker IT to other businesses. They provide a superb service - friendly, helpful and always available whenever needed. I am deeply impressed with their transparent costing which enable future growth plans to be accurately forecast. Bowker IT consultants feel like a part of the company, they get involved in any meetings where IT is concerned when requested, provide good documentation and deliver timesheet driven reports and proactive system monitoring. It's a first class service without the high cost this usually implies.
"The Engineers from Bowker IT were very professional and made sure that the solution fit our requirements. The install was done during quiet time but we still had a large number of people coming in and out, they were not disrupted and work was done to a high safety standard."
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Here at Bowker IT we're proud of our hard won reputation and never more so than when a valued client takes time out of their day to talk about their experience of working with us. Karen Leech, Head of Cheadle Primary School has done just that. Thankyou so much!
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