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As the first of our client spotlight sessions, I spent some time this morning with Tony Hynes, Managing Director of Orange Solutions Limited to find out some more about his business. Prior to our chat Tony invited me into his offices to show me the Augmented Reality systems his engineers are currently working with.
Having never been a gamer I have never even used Virtual Reality and therefore was blown away by the Augmented Reality software application in a commercial environment…….and yes Tony did have to educate me on the difference between Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Me: Tony, tell me what your company offers
Tony: We offer integrated safety systems utilising a cloud platform for both onshore and offshore fire, gas and suppression systems.
Me: What type of companies do you deal with?
Tony: They are large blue chip organsations involved in renewable energy, oil, and gas.
Me: What was your job before the incorporation of Orange Solutions Limited?
Tony: I was a software engineering consultant in the oil and gas sector.
Me: What is your proudest moment with the company?
Tony: I am proud of how quickly we have grown and what the business has become. I am proud of my engineers and staff, currently there are 14 in total. I am so happy to see the apprentices who have started with us turn into competent engineers.
Me: What has been your favorite project to work on?
Tony: That is a difficult one to answer, I do not think there is one single favorite project. What’s pleasing is being able to take from inception, through design and installation, our own products which are now out there protecting people and saving lives.
Me: What do you like about Carrington Business Park:
Tony: The business park has given us flexibility. When we first started here we were in the smallest office. As we have grown, the business park has given us the flexibility to do so. The last thing we would have wanted to do is move away from the business park.
Me: If you could swap for a week, within your business, who’s job would you like to do?
Tony: Aidan. He gets to play with and develop the new technology. He works on a lot of our new innovations, it is the most fun job!
Me: What is your favorite innovation or piece of tech that you use, personally or within business?
Tony: Augmented Reality. We are now using this in several sectors to support and service systems. Other than that it would be the ZX 81, it was that machine that started me programming.
Me: Tell me something interesting about you that I do not know.
Tony: We have a place in the Lake District that we like to visit when we can and play some Golf. I also taught myself to drive a 35ft boat!
Me: Anything that I might find funny?
Tony: I met my wife at a wastewater treatment works!
Me: Laughing, thinking of what they were going through on the first day they met!!
Today has been a great opportunity to get more insight into the products and services that my clients offer. I was very impressed, thinking about the technology being developed and used just down the corridor from me at Carrington Business Park. For more information on the services Orange Solutions Limited can offer please visit their website www.orangesolutions.co.uk
The advantages of being self employed can be a great thing. These include choosing when you work and where you work. In many cases working from home seems to be the most obvious way of working for a small business or satellite office. Many people however, do not look at the costs (socially and financially) of doing so.
Working in commercial property has given me the opportunity to meet with many businesses including SME, large enterprise and private sector. Conversations have been had with owner-managers, directors, heads of department etc, etc, etc. You may be one of these people, working from home, avoiding the traffic, having time to spend with the children?
Is it the most productive way to work? Over the years, many of my clients have come to me as they find working from home unproductive. Whilst their customers and suppliers are working regular office hours, they find that they often start work late as they prefer to carry out the school run themselves. Due to other interruptions in the day (perhaps it’s a dog barking, or a few domestic duties) it has been known for many to be working into the evening long after their potential customers have left the office. Ask yourself, does working from home interfere with your family life?
Working in isolation can increase stress. It is also found that face to face interaction is crucial to identifying opportunities for collaboration, making and developing relationships and increasing your network of contacts.
Perhaps it is the financial investment in using office space allows workers to continue to work from home. But balance that out against the extra productivity, more business opportunities and working inside a friendly business community is it really worth it.
Try an office for a month, you never know it may suit you better than you think.