Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, recently visited L.E.A.D IT at Mercia Marina, Willington, to learn more about the work of one of the marina’s key tenants.
Heather met with the company’s Director, Lee Jepson, who set the business up 11 years ago when he was only 18. Formerly Noel-Baker IT services, L.E.A.D. IT now employs 32 people and manages IT services for 135 schools nationwide (all schools for Luton Borough Council), including 28 in Derby. L.E.A.D IT also works with some charities and businesses.
In addition, the business has its own broadband, telephone and mobile network, recently installing free and publicly available WI-FI at The Boardwalk Bar and Dining and hope to expand to cover all of Mercia Marina.
The core workload for the company comes in the form of professional services to schools and this includes: financial management, human resources, senior leadership team support and of course, IT, with 24 hour cover.
Commenting on the visit, Heather said:
“I was really pleased to visit L.E.A.D IT and to learn more about some of the services it provides to schools and Academy Trusts across the UK.
Taking over the former offices of Bionical is no small feat and it is clear that Lee’s vision for the company is for it to expand significantly in the near future.
L.E.A.D IT is exactly the type of company that we need to be attracting to South Derbyshire and they complement the diverse range of businesses already present at Mercia Marina.”
Lee Jepson, Director of L.E.A.D IT added:
“Moving to South Derbyshire onto Mercia Marina has opened many doors for L.E.A.D. IT Services and we could not feel any more welcome than we do. It was a delight to meet Heather and her team and we look forward to working with Heather and South Derbyshire in the future.”