I am partner in our family holiday rental company and looking to new ventures in IOT (Internet of Things) electronics and computer software. As well as having extensive business experience spanning many decades, my technical specialities include a broad understanding of modern IT and the ability to explain complex technical issues to the layman. I have a clear understanding of how computer and communications technology fits into the business world with an emphasis on small organisations (SMEs).
In the last year I have been involved in a number of technical projects involving ESP8266 and Arduino microprocessors and the Raspberry Pi and in January 2016 worked overseas on an IOT security project. For 14 years I enjoyed the role of National IT Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses as well as Chairman of the Communications Group for that organisation which encompassed responsibility for the organisation's IT.
The role also took me overseas, to the House of Commons and to Number 10. In June 2015, the IT Chairman role in the FSB ceased to exist due to changes in the organisation and though expected to re-stand for the role, I decided to pursue other opportunities to make better use of my emerging IOT skills.
For two years I had the role of vice-chairman of the IT section of the EU ESCO group who met bi-monthly in Brussels tackling the IT (the most all-embracing and hence complex) aspect of the ESCO project, responsible for matching jobs, skills and competences in the IT sector.
I have attended a number of meetings of the European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) in Izmir, Gibraltar, Dublin and in Brussels (2013-2014) as a guest and observer and in that capacity visited the European Parliament. I've also been invited on a number of occasions as a guest to the offices of the European Economic and Social Community.
I have represented the FSB in a number of SME-related externally sponsored round tables including Microsoft, Dell and others and developed relationships within those companies, the most recent event being the Dell ThinkTank event in Amsterdam and previously to Microsoft HQ in the USA.
For years as FSB IT Chairman I acted as a judge in the Computing Magazine Small Business Awards and also maintained a blog in that magazine's website. I had a guest blog on Dell's website but now focus on maintaining my own highly successful blog, tech.scargill.net.
Partner - Hollyberry Cottage
Hollyberry Cottage is an award-winning, successful family-owned self-catering holiday rental cottage in Bellingham, in the heart of Northumberland. This is our second family cottage rental business.
IT Chairman - FSB
I was a director of and held the post of National IT Chairman of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) for 14 years during which time I transformed the IT capabilities of the organisation and helped ensure it is now well placed to handle the challenges of the 21st century. The directorship role ended in March 2015 and the title of IT Chairman ended in June 2015.
CEO - Willow Design
Willow Design offered custom electronics design from concept through implementation as well as custom hardware and software. We empowered small businesses to compete in the global marketplace with affordable solutions
Director - Quantech Ltd
General Electronics Research
I formed Quantech in 1982 and spent 19 years in a business partnership developing groundbreaking electronic products in the entertainment and PC speech industries
Head of R&D at Eltech
I joined Eltech Research in Newcastle Upon Tyne to develop advertising graphics after providing consultancy for several months, supporting innovative products as we took them to the World's Fair in Tokyo and to America and Germany
Director - France & Co Ltd
General engineering and sheet metalwork
I held various posts including technical director at family engineering firm J. France & Co using skills including management but also encompassing engineering (metal work, welding, general machine operating) and accounting