New Jobs Created As Successful Kidderminster IT Firm Eyes Growth

Four new jobs have been created at an expanding Wyre Forest IT and business software provider.

Kidderminster firm Minster Micro Computers Ltd has welcomed new staff in sales, administration, finance and human resources to meet demand on the back of ongoing contract wins and a sustained period of growth.

Emily Gaden has joined the Worcester Road company as finance and HR assistant manager, looking after the firm’s day to day finances and leading a variety of personnel-related projects.

Paul Taylor brings 16 years’ experience in ERP system sales to his role as new business sales manager and is joined by account manager Nathan Rowe, who’s background is in IT system sales. Both will support existing Minster clients on a daily basis.

The firm’s final appointment is Lynsey Tutin who joins as Minster’s sales and contract support administrator, working closely with the sales team and acting as a daily point of contact for clients.

The appointments at the Kidderminster company, which has also invested further in its award-winning apprenticeship scheme this year, have contributed to a 25 per cent increase in its workforce since 2014.

Susan Marlow, director at Minster, said: “It has been a really successful period for us and we want to build on our growth and expand further.

“To do that we need to recruit talented and experienced people from the local area. Emily, Paul, Nathan and Lynsey are tremendous additions to our team and have the quality and skills we need for the future.

“They are already fitting seamlessly into the business and are set to each make telling contributions in the months and years ahead.”

Minster shortlisted for prestigious apprenticeship award!


l-r Minster Micro - Rheece Dawes Nicole Heaton Susan Marlow Esmée Phillips-Howl and Alex Humphrey (2)

 A Midlands IT and software provider has been shortlisted as a finalist for a prestigious award which recognises its work in developing young people and providing jobs.

Kidderminster-based Minster Micro Computers Ltd is one of two finalists in the Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year category of the 2016 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards – after impressing judges and business leaders with its commitment to apprenticeships and skills creation.

The awards, led by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council, were established to recognise exceptional achievement and will see 24 of the county’s best apprentices, employers and training providers compete for 10 awards.

Minster, which employs more than 20 people at its Worcester Road headquarters, is competing against the Droitwich branch of vacuum cleaner giant Vax for the accolade.

Minster director Susan Marlow said: “We are so honoured to have been recognised by making the final two in our category, November’s ceremony can’t come round fast enough. It’s a huge milestone and shows how fast our apprenticeship programme is developing.

“Apprenticeships are hugely important, both to the young people who are able to earn while they learn, and the businesses who invest in the next generation of talent.

“We believe wholeheartedly in developing the skills of our young colleagues and building on their impressive commitment to the business. We have a fantastic group of apprentices who are each contributing every day to our success with innovative ideas, determination and a willingness to make their mark in the business world.”

The awards take place on 17 November at West Midlands Safari Park and will be presented by Tim Campbell MBE, the first candidate taken on by Lord Sugar in the BBC’s hit series, The Apprentice.

In the past 18 months, Minster has taken on four apprentices working in marketing, IT and software engineering, and further apprentices have already been offered placements starting in Autumn this year. The company has more than 35 years’ experience supporting a variety of businesses with their infrastructure and software.

Minster is an accredited SAP Business One Partner and Pegasus business software provider. The firm also supplies payroll software, training and a variety of IT support services – including the 3CX VoIP telephony system.

Previous apprenticeship stories:

Marketing Apprentice Nicole

Engineer Apprentices Alex, Esmee & Rheece


Growth as Minster hires marketing apprentice

Minster are pleased to announce that we have further invested in the next generation with the appointment of a new apprentice.Nicole, Minster's Marketing Apprentice

We are proud to introduce 17-year-old Nicole Heaton as Minster’s digital marketing apprentice. She forms part of our on-going commitment to providing career opportunities to young local talent in the county.

Kidderminster teenager Nicole will spend the next 12 months working closely with our marketing team, while also undertaking a level three diploma in digital marketing.

As part of her role she will support the creation of Minster’s marketing campaigns and further develop our blogs, social media presence and website content – also helping to coordinate events and public relations programme.

Nicole will also work closely with Minster’s management team to learn more about the business and its clients, with the potential to secure a full-time post next year.

Minster’s financial director Susan Marlow, explained: “As a business we are at the forefront of new technology and IT systems in business – but we also see the importance of investing in young, talented people and giving them the chance to shine.

“We’ve been delighted with the progress our current apprentices have made and it was the right time to bring in another high calibre apprentice on the all-important marketing side as we showcase ourselves in new markets and launch new products.

“Nicole is already proving to be the perfect fit and a great asset. She constantly wants to develop herself and has the perfect blend of skills, ideas and energy we need for the future.”

Nicole Heaton added: “To join the team at Minster is an amazing opportunity for me and I am looking forward to playing a role in the company’s future.”

Nicole has joined our three current IT and engineering apprentices who joined the business last year.

Undergraduate Ryan

Student Secures Work Placement With Minster

A local University student studying Business Information Technology has successfully secured a 12-month placement with Kidderminster-based Minster Micro Computers Ltd. as part of his university degree course.

Joining one of the longest established and well-known IT firms in Worcestershire, 20-year old Ryan will work with and train alongside Minster’s SAP product development and support team over the next year.

Minster Micro Director, Susan Marlow, commented: “It has become more and more apparent that the next generation are being taught how to code and develop, which is fantastic, but they’re not being taught about how to service and support business products that are already on the market.”

“We approached a local University to voice our concerns and to see if they could help. After being impressed with both the undergraduates and the programme we decided to sign up. Our aim now for Ryan is that he gains both commercial knowledge and experience that will complement and add to his existing skill set, and at the same time we gain a fresh, enthusiastic individual who brings to the table fresh ideas and lots of enthusiasm.”

Having completed two years of his degree, Ryan is currently working alongside Minster’s software team having passed his pre-sales product training and examinations with an impressive pass mark; his primary focus now is support.

Software Team Leader Neil Hodgetts added: “This is an exciting time for Minster as we continue to explore new opportunities and build our engineering teams. Over the next 12-months Ryan will work with our engineers whilst earning a salary and extending his knowledgebase, with the guarantee of a full time job working with us at Minster once he graduates.”

Minster Micro Computers Confirm New Appointment

Kidderminster based Minster Micro Computers Ltd have confirmed the appointment of Mike Fielding as New Business Sales Consultant. Mike Fielding

Having worked previously across a broad range of business sectors, both in the Midlands and abroad in Portugal, Mike’s retail management, customer service, and programming experience is a strategic move for Minster as they look to further enhance support for existing business and extend service offer within the retail sector.

Minster Director, Mrs Susan Marlow, stated: “Forming part of our sustained drive for growth and to further develop our team to support our expanding business portfolio, Mike’s appointment is key and a great addition to our skilled and expanding team, aiding both focus on development as well as operational skills as we progress the business and our market, both locally and further afield.”

One of the longest established and well-known IT firms in Worcestershire, Kidderminster based Minster Micro Computers Ltd offers a rapid and targeted IT business solutions response service. A leading provider of Microsoft, SAP and Pegasus business software, Minster also delivers business software and hardware IT support services to customers across the West Midlands ranging from SME’s to corporate bodies with large multi-user networks.

Living locally, Mike loves PC gaming, supporting Stourport’s Civic Hall Group and has a rather unusual interest in the sport of Mud Running. Last year he completed the Midlands event of Tough Mudder, which involved running for 12 miles and tackling 26 obstacles, an event he intends attempting again next week on Saturday 30th May!

Mike and his wife Becky are expecting their first child later this year.

Said Mike:  “Being local, and being aware of Minster’s good reputation, I was delighted to be invited to join such a respected business as Minster, and to bring my retail sales background and experience into a B2B environment.

“I’m also looking forward to next week’s Tough Mudder event, before taking on my biggest challenge yet of becoming a dad.”