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Who is Best Before 2020?

Best Before 2020 is simply a tool put together by Viper IT to ensure businesses are alerted to the facts.

The initial GDPR deadline has come and gone but it isn’t until some time has passed that we will know the in’s and out’s.








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Tom and James have IT nailed

Tom Ramirez and James Harrison-Bodle launched Viper IT when they couldn’t find suitable industry placements to gain work experience in 2001.

They suggested to the university that they start their own company instead. The university was initially hesitant, but Tom and James created their business which continued once they graduated and they are now celebrating over 15 years of success.

Tom said: “It is utterly fantastic to still be in a thriving and growing business years later. When we started the company, I don’t think any of us thought it would be as successful, especially as we were only students at the time and had very little commercial experience.”

“However, all the hard work and effort has paid off. The business has grown and expanded to cover everything from business IT solutions and telephony systems, to computer security and server installation.”

Resourceful undergraduates

Tom and his colleagues were originally supposed to do a 12 month placement as part of their degree course but two of them failed to find placements. The third had a placement which didn’t work out. The idea to start a company was
conceived months before and in absence of suitable placements, they asked their tutors if they could start the business. Their tutors gave them the go ahead as long as they could prove they were doing IT work.

Tom, who is based in Brighton, said: “We realised quite quickly that running a business involved a lot more than just doing IT. We had to go out and get sales, advertise, do accounts and so on. It was hard work and not always plain
sailing either!”

“After university, we decided to keep doing it and since then it has grown. One of the great things is some of our clients are still clients we worked with all those years ago.”

The Portslade-based business has expanded its remit to include a wider and more diverse range of work. Also taking on a number of team members to ensure we have the support around them to support local businesses.


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