In less than two years since launching his robertson technologies franchise, Mike Pyne has built it into the most successful business within the franchise network.

Pyne, 48, was the first to be awarded a robertson technologies franchise and is now leading the pack of six franchise areas ranging from the Central Belt of Scotland to the South East of England.

Since launching his business, Pyne has established a lucrative portfolio of clients across his territory, which is based in Dunfermline in Fife and stretches all the way to Clackmannanshire and Stirling.

Prior to joining the franchise, Pyne spent over 20 years working as an Application Engineer with Hewlett Packard and its sister company, Agilent Technologies. Now, as a robertson technologies franchise owner Pyne is hired to provide IT support to his clients.

He said: “Fife and the Central Lowlands are home to a huge mix of enterprises, ranging from high tech industries to heavy manufacturing and from retail and professional services to agriculture and leisure pursuits.

“We have been particularly successful in attracting small manufacturers and professional services who are expanding despite the economic circumstances. Where they previously might have had a friend or colleague helping with IT, expansion means they have to formalise their IT provision and that is where we are ideally placed to help.”

Pyne has access to a pool of highly qualified engineers and to the extensive resources of the robertson technologies head office in Edinburgh. He added: “We are also expanding in the professional services arena, with one firm of solicitors as a client and a clear marketing focus on businesses such as accountants, surveyors, veterinary surgeries and manufacturing companies.”

Pyne attributes his success to concentrated networking and determined follow-up of the potential sales leads that emerge from networking meetings. He is also embarking on focused marketing campaigns to make sure that his name stays in the forefront of the minds of businesses who are likely to need to call on his services in the future.

His ambition is to continue to grow the business at an exponential rate with the aim of creating up to seven more employment opportunities for the highly skilled engineers who help him provide the computer support backup.

He is also planning to concentrate on the western side of his territory in order to justify the often extended travel times required to cover the area.

He said: “It has been a very satisfying first year and I am delighted to be at the top of the leader board in the robertson technologies franchise team. I have an excellent pipeline of work coming through in the near future, including a number of contracts, which could significantly expand our business.

“Fife has a large pool of high quality, profitable and well established SMEs and this is a great opportunity to provide them with an IT capability that matches and exceed their aims and ambitions.”