While Bishopsgate have worked in the IT industry since our inception in 1992 and have provided logistics services for the likes of Marconi, Nortel and ICL we never physically manufactured any equipment. I was approached late last year by an IT enthusiast who wanted our help in finding out who manufactured Bishopsgate IT products. We were not able to help him directly but we just thought that our readership might just be able to.
I will let Ian take up his story
“I own my own small IT Company called iPC Solutions based in Maldon, Essex. I started the business 7 years ago as a side line to my main job, I am a careers advisor and work with special needs young people and in special schools. I’d been building my own PC’s for years and enjoy sourcing 2nd user parts for cheap bargain builds. I started to fix my friends and families PC’s and it grew from there. To be honest, it was my mates who said I should do it as a business, so I jumped in with both feet without a business plan. Sensible hey? It seems to have paid off, one day I’ll do it full time. I love computers and I love dealing with people. Building a PC for someone that’s really happy makes me smile.
Anyway, this story relates to my thrifty ways and the sourcing of cheap parts to make easy cash. Well, that’s what I keep telling myself and some days it actually works! So, there I am, buying bulk shipments from a supplier of mine, I’d previously purchased 2 ‘box of bits’ for a mere £140 in total and accumulated around 250 separate items, 1 selling for £999.
The same company started auctions via email. They would send spreadsheets with lots of laptops, desktops, servers, components and you submit closed bids. I bid on a few lots, basically putting in ridiculous offers and losing by a country mile. Then came a fresh batch at the start of December. Out of the 12 listings, 2 caught my eye, why these two I had no idea. One was for a lot of Nvidia Quadro laptop graphics cards and the other a random lot of security cameras. To be frank, I didn’t really have a clue what most of it was or why I wanted it. I put a bid for both lots in and a few days’ later I’d won them both. I then looked at the whole list and thought, ‘Oh dear, what on earth have I got here’.
Two days later, both were delivered. I opened the boxes and came across two relics. What on earth are they I thought, filthy old bits of metal with a few lights on the front and a big orange switch? The only thing on the front was Bishopsgate. Now, I was cataloguing this little lot and googling to find the worth of my ‘bargain’ but can I find out what these are or what they are worth. They appear to be KVM switches which if I’m not mistaken were for old telephone exchanges in big businesses – I believe we may have had similar in the council I worked for on the switchboard some 25 years ago. I took to the internet to find out what they were and drew a blank. I wanted to find who made them and exactly what I had”
Can you help Ian? Do you know? Have you seen them? If you have, please email him on firstname.lastname@example.org. You never know, they may end up in a technology museum!