Neil has built three IT companies from scratch into multi-million pound businesses. He launched Apertus Systems some 20 years ago, followed by Luminary Solutions in 2003 and his current company Bluesmith Information Systems in 2011. Both Apertus and Luminary were sold to U.S. multinationals for substantial sums. Bluesmith’s principal offer is bespoke software development services, and Business Intelligence in the retail sector. They number Virgin Media, Morrisons, QPC and Oliver Wyman amongst their clients. A former IoD Director of the Year Award winner, Neil is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for early growth businesses, having invested in a further six Yorkshire-based start-ups.