Computer expert celebrates 25 years in business

Then and now: David Batty from Leyland who runs Sector Software and an article from the 80s
Then and now: David Batty from Leyland who runs Sector Software and an article from the 80s

An IT expert who brought computer shows to the north is celebrating 25 years in business.

David Batty, from Leyland, was featured in the Guardian in the 80s when he began his first ever computer shows.

The businessman, who also does public speaking, now runs computer business Sector Software which specialises in software design, IT training and marketing.

He said: “I started in computers in 1985 on a scheme which gave me a grant of £40 per week for a year.

“I sold my software by mail order and from a computer show in London. I felt like it was wrong for northern companies to travel to London on a computer show so I started the first computer shows in the north at Stokes Hall in Leyland.”

By 1987, David set up an early version of the internet so customers could order software, download newsletters, chat and do most of the things they do online today.

He said: “Most people think social media is new but the concepts have been used for decades. I have been doing it for 23 years now.”

And it’s not just in the computing world where David is going strong years later, he started an online radio station in 1991, at www.accordianradio.co.uk, that reached its 10th anniversary this month.

David started teaching computers at local colleges and now spends a lot of time doing public speaking on the subject of internet marketing.

He also teaches website design, games programming, and also writes mobile phone applications.

Visit’s David’s website at www.davidbatty.com or follow him on Twitter on @DavidBatty.