In a Nutshell: Robin Prior started out selling the Tandy TRS80 series

We are bringing back our “In a Nutshell” series where we ask entrepreneurs and business people a series of questions to get an idea of what makes them tick.

This week the spotlight is on Robin Prior who started out as a trainee salesman for Tandy TRS80 series. Today he is Managing Director of Abergower which specialises in 3D printing and document scanning

Main Focus of the Business?

Drive profitability, growth and scale in the Digitisation marketspace, internationalise our offering, develop our 3D printing and service business and form alliances with key partners.

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What do you do now?

I am MD of Abergower UK and Abergower Pty Ltd, my main role is to facilitate growth and key sales into defined market sectors and ensure that the company provides a solid base for scale and innovation for the future.

What was your 1st job?

Delivered newspapers to local households which I really enjoyed although the weather often got in the way.

How did you get into IT?

I was a trainee salesman for Tandy Corporation many moons ago and I found a niche in selling their small business computer, the TRS80 Series which allowed me to develop my solution sales side of things. This developed into selling bigger systems and then eventually services around the systems which was even more enjoyable. Always had a strong urge to setup my own company and finally achieved this with Advanced Data Services Ltd which commenced trading on the 1st of April 1999. We won the best Start-up of the Year from the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and during 2000 we won the Bank of Scotland Best New Business from the Bank of Scotland.

Interesting facts about You?

Really enjoy science fiction movies and anything to do with the future. Have always wanted to sail my own boat somewhere really exotic and someday might actually have the time and finance to be able to do it…

Favourite Place?

Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern shores is somewhere special only just beating Sugar Beach Resort in Mauritius.

Dream Car?

At the moment it has to be a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Who would you like to meet and why

Jim Rohn, the American Author and Entrepreneur, have read his book 7 Strategies for Wealth and Happiness several times and get something new from it every time.

Current Aspirations for the Business?

Consolidate the significant progress we have made over the last 12 months and build a strong foundation to move forward with some great people working with us.

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"In a Nutshell: Robin Prior started out selling the Tandy TRS80 series" First published on Company Connecting November 2017

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