Hi – My Name is Alastair Banks, originally from Chelmsford in Essex I now work in Exeter in beautiful Devon, UK. I run a Web Design and Online Marketing Agency called Optix Solutions Ltd which I started while at Exeter University in 1999.
I also run an online Social Networking site/business called TravellersConnected.com and am a partner in a reverse auction company – Mango Evolution.
In 2010 I launched Your Jobs Board with my business partner, aimed at putting together local recruiters and local job seekers in my home town of Exeter.
Having setup Optix straight from Uni in 1999 and successfully built the company (with my business partner and great friend James Dawkins) to a team of 14 and a turnover of 500k+ I thought I had a story to tell and advice to give.
My love of business and trying new things keeps me excited and drives me in life. If this blog helps even one person out there I will be happy. I am expecting it to be most useful for University students studying business related degrees and business owners of small companies who are still expanding.
On April the 26th I was given the Entrepreneur of the Year award in my city’s annual business awards evening. A very proud moment.
Having been in the Internet industry for the last 10 years im sure that it will also be useful for people in similar businesses or those that are keen to know about new technologies although I have to say, I purposely want to keep this blog as non-techy as possible.
My interests outside working include
Badminton – I play for Exeter Badminton Club – http://www.exeterbadminton.co.uk
West Ham – Keen fan of the Hammers
Poker – Love watching, learning and playing the game