This month Insider profiles 21 more young business leaders who have made it into our 42 under 42 class of 2009.
Why 42? It’s ten years younger than the average age of the people featured on Insider’s South West Rich List. In ten years’ time some of those featured could well be household names – and may even make the Rich List themselves.
ALASTAIR BANKS & JAMES DAWKINS, BOTH 30
CO-FOUNDERS, OPTIX SOLUTIONS
Not many business run by a pair of 30-year-olds have been going ten years, but Optix Solutions has. Alastair Banks and James Dawkins set up the business while at Exeter University. A decade on, the pair have built one of the strongest web design companies in the region, covering web design, hosting, domain registration, e-commerce, content management systems, e-brochure and business support. The company has doubled its headcount in the past 18 months and employs 12 people. The growth means Banks and Dawkins are trying to manage the company’s evolution by using resources such as the Breakthrough Forums offered by the Beacon South West Initiative to share business practice.
For more information, pick up a copy of the September 2009 edition of South West Insider. http://www.insidermedia.com/