Get to know the Soltech IT team: Richard Sheppard

  • By Gabrielle Cox
  • 27 Jun, 2017

From favourite pieces of tech to the best part of their job, as part of our our latest blog series, get to know our Soltech IT team a little better.  

Describe your role at Soltech IT.
I’m the MD of Soltech IT, I founded the company back in June 2009 after I was made redundant from a corporate IT sales job. These days I oversee the running of the company and make sure everything is running as it should be and ensure resources are put in place for the various departments within the company to run efficiently and successfully, which can be challenging at times with the speed of success and growth. Seeing the company evolve and grow into a UK brand has been very pleasing and I still very much enjoy being customer facing and interacting with our clients. There have been many challenges along the way, or opportunities as I like to call them. Employing Adam Lane, my first employee who would soon become my business partner, was a big step. We've moved offices several times, it’s hard to believe our current offices are the company's 5th and things are already getting a bit tight around the edges again. Our biggest challenge has been taking the company from a well established South West provider and turning it in to a recognised and major UK player. To do this, we needed to completely change the businesses infrastructure and create new positions within the company, which we then had to fill.

What skills do you think you bring to your role?
Prior to forming Soltech IT, I had spent many years working as an IT Technician, before a change in career saw me spend a good 8 or 9 years selling corporate level accounting software and IT solutions. I guess this combined background of engineering, accounts and sales gives me a good set of skill to oversee and run the business successfully.

What is your favourite piece of tech or gadget?
Without hesitation!! My iPad and my iPhone, I know there are lots of other great gadgets out there, but I really couldn’t live without either of these. I can run the business from both; check emails and proposals, view company accounts, make payments and invoice clients. The iPad is a great educational tool that I often demonstrate in schools, some of the educational apps are amazing and even my 5 year old daughter Olivia is learning more with the apps and resources available to her. Lets also not forget about a bit of R & R, with these gadgets I can sit back and check the football results and listen to music wirelessly throughout my home or in my car at the touch of a button. I also use my iPhone / iPad to control my home CCTV system, underfloor heating, TV’s and lighting. Using for Mobile Device Management means I can securely control my family iPads and keep everyone safe and happy.

Outside of work what is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
I have to admit to being a big Bristol City fan and season ticket holder. I think it must have been 1984 when I first went to a match at Ashton Gate and stood on Crackers Corner, or rather swung around on the railing, much to my dads annoyance. I remember it well as I quickly got shouted at for cheering the blues out, not a colour of team any City fan should cheer for. Thankfully it was Gillingham, not Bristol Rovers and I soon learnt to cheer for the reds.

What are you listening to/ reading/ watching at the moment?
This is probably where I should say that I read very long novels and watch documentaries all night. But I don’t, I pinch my music tastes from my wife. I’ll hear my wife Vicki playing a track that I like and I’ll quickly Shazam and download it. Then I’ll play it over and over again to the delight of my daughter and to the annoyance of my wife. I guess she has a point!

Although I don’t read books that often, I do read autobiographies, including Jeremy Clarkson, Alex Ferguson and Gordan Ramsey. I really enjoy watching The Apprentice on the BBC, but at the moment my favourite TV series by a long way is Billions on Sky, if you haven’t seen it, then watch it.

Who would you invite (real, fictional, dead or alive) to your dream dinner party?
Well I’d obviously invite my closest friends and family, but I would also invite Sir Alan Sugar along for a glass of wine. We could talk IT, business, football and The Apprentice all night long.


By Gabrielle Cox 19 Nov, 2017
We are thrilled of how well the Soltech IT team have done this year, especially with the various awards we have won or been nominated for in the last few months. We're so proud to be a Bishop Sutton based business and so to be recognised by The Chew Valley Gazette means a great deal!

As our Founding Director, Richard Sheppard states above, "The past year has been amazing for Soltech IT; we have expanded our team, improved and developed our IT support services across education and business sectors and worked with a whole host of fantastic clients." 

The year just keeps on getting better for the team, here's to the next few weeks of 2017! 
By Gabrielle Cox 12 Nov, 2017
This week are teaming up with accountancy software reseller, Sapphire Accounting Systems (SAS), at their event at Combe Lodge, Blagdon.

As a guest speaker, on the 15th November, we will be discussing the security implications of not upgrading your software and hardware systems and how we can work with businesses to do this effectively. We will also be chatting about GDPR, what to expect, the IT requirements you'll need to meet and the next steps for your business. 

Founding Director Richard Sheppard commented, "We are looking forward to once again partnering with Sapphire Business Systems and providing advice and assistance to local businesses."

Can't make the event but would like to know more about Sage, software & hardware upgrades or what steps you need to take for GDPR? Pop us an email to or give us a call 0117 2140 299.
By Gabrielle Cox 10 Nov, 2017
We'd like to take this time to highlight the importance of the Poppy Appeal and remembering those who have served our country. It is a cause which is incredibly important and one we're proud to have supported for a number of years.

As stated on the Royal British Legion website, " The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present.

By wearing a poppy, you aren’t just remembering the fallen: you’re supporting a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support."

Founding Director Richard Sheppard commented, "The 11th November is a day close to all our hearts and we are proud to support The Poppy Appeal and remember those who have served our country, and those who have lost their lives." 

To make your own donation to the Poppy Appeal please head here
Thank you. 

By Richard Sheppard 07 Nov, 2017
Soltech IT is a multi award winning IT services provider to businesses, charities and educational establishments throughout the UK.

Our innovative and pro-active approach to IT has driven our growth, resulting in us essentially doubling in size every 2 years.

Only a few years ago our clients were prominently based in the South West of England, today our customers can be found throughout the British Isles and as far afield as the USA and UAE. 

To meet the demands and challenges of our current and projected growth targets, we are looking to recruit people with a real sense of excitement and enthusiasm for business, education and customer service.

Working along side our dedicated and culturally like-minded team, we offer potential candidates the opportunity to expand and progress their careers, whilst benefiting from the rewards success brings.

At present we have positions available for both sales and technical people, however we are always interested in seeing opportunistic CV's, from outstanding individuals who fit our ethos and working culture.

Click to view our career opportunities.
By Gabrielle Cox 06 Nov, 2017

As an accredited Living Wage employer, we are thrilled to welcomes the increase in UK and London rates announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week (November 5th-11th 2017).

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said: 

"Year-on-year, we see organisations and businesses across the UK embracing the real Living Wage as they recognise that a fair day’s pay is not only the right thing so to but can improve the quality of staff’s work, reduce absenteeism and increase motivation and retention.”
“Today’s increase acknowledges that the cost of living continues to rise for workers everywhere and the leadership shown by businesses who welcome this is a cause for celebration during Living Wage Week, sending a positive message to the business community to show what others can achieve.”    

For more information about Living Wage Week go to
By Richard Sheppard 01 Nov, 2017
Here's another excellent grant funding opportunity for schools.

Greggs Foundation - Breakfast Club Programme

Greggs plc took up the charge and established the first ‘Greggs’ breakfast club. The Greggs Foundation now oversees over 430 clubs, providing a nutritious breakfast to over 26,000 school children each day, over 5 million each year!!!

The Greggs Foundation receives funding from a range of partners, often private sector companies including their major partner, Greggs plc. 

Greggs Foundation uses the money to support breakfast clubs through an initial start up grant for equipment such as chest freezers to store food items or toys and activities for the club. They also make a payment each term towards other food items and Greggs plc donates bread from the nearest shop.

This approach tends to be very well received by our breakfast club schools, many of whom have worked in partnership with Greggs for over fifteen years. Schools tell us that they like the flexibility of the model, allowing them to tailor their club to suit the needs of the children that attend.

The average club costs just £2,000 to set up and run for a year.

Apply now

Click to learn more about our Bursar and Grant Funding service?  

Click to contact us now.

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