Three Lancaster University Alumni are toasting their success after winning a £3.2 million consultancy contract.

The contract has marked the end of their company’s first year of trading after two friends decided to form their own business 'The Networking People'(TNP) in April 2012.
TNP was formed by Scott Daniels and Robin Williams who both graduated in Computer Science (2004), and, after 6 months of successful trading they were joined by Paul Astle who graduated in Operations Management (2001). Their mix of technical and business knowledge has enabled them to build a business with a turnover of £700,000 within just 12 months. During this period they have won public sector contracts with Warrington, Blackpool, Blackburn, Stirling, Angus and recently Shetland Isles Councils. These contracts should see TNP grow to £1.2 million turnover within the next 12 months.

Based in the Knowledge Business Centre in Infolab21 the trio have kept strong links with Lancaster University and the North West. The three graduates have been long time friends and decided to enter into business together after seeing a gap in the market for expert consultancy and services to the Public Sector. Robin and Scott have built on their Computer Science degrees by gaining a JNCIE, one of the most exclusive networking qualifications, awarded to less than 2000 people in the world. In parallel, Paul has built on his Operations Management degree by qualifying as a PRINCE2 Practitioner and MSP Programme Manager.

With all this expertise it would be easy to assume Paul, Scott and Robin spend their days in front of a computer, but not so as a unique part of TNP’s business is innovative wireless solutions which require them to climb radio masts including the dizzy heights of Blackpool Tower! As a result they are all Advanced Industrial climbers and frequently brave the elements to service equipment. They demonstrate that even in these austere times, with the right mix of skill and dedication,companies can still succeed.