Hello and Welcome to Media Manor.

I have always been interested in technology, ever since my school got its very first personal computers back in the 1980s. They included a Commodore Pet and a BBC Microcomputer, both with floppy disc drives. I was never in any sports teams at school, so I was delighted when my best friend and I were chosen to set up one of the first out of hours school computer clubs in the country.

The first computer I ever owned was a Sinclair ZX81 with 1Kb of memory and I bought a 16K ‘RAM pack’ to turn it into a real powerhouse! I went on to raid years of savings and sell most of my toys and games to buy my own BBC Micro for £400 (about £1300 in today’s money). Not only did it have 32Kb of memory; it had sound and colour too!

Since then I’ve owned and tinkered with pretty much every version of Windows that ever existed and remember, with both fondness and frustration, the days when I had to connect to the internet with a dial-up modem from my home phone and wait several minutes for a single web page to load up onto my screen.

Things have moved on massively since then of course – and whilst I’m in my early 50s now, there are those older than me who are being forced to use this stuff because many of the tried and tested ‘traditional’ ways of doing essential things like banking, shopping, booking holidays and even catching up with family have moved online.

In an incredibly varied career, I have, amongst other things, successfully set up 3 UK speakers clubs and worked as a professionally qualified trainer for one of the world’s largest international banks; so I know a thing or two about communicating effectively and helping people to learn and grow. Throughout that time I have continued to learn about the latest tech, whilst helping friends and family get to grips with their latest devices.

Now I’m delighted to be self-employed, working with people who need help and training with their computers, phones and tablets, both directly and using online training courses. Having helped my mother and older siblings over the years, I have been told I have developed a ‘zen-like’ level of patience and can inspire confidence in even my most fearful clients.

So if you are looking for someone to help you with any technical issue, or would like some help on making the most of the software on any of your devices, please get in touch with me on 07752 138300 or email paul@mediamanor.com. I’m here to help you in any way I can.