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A Chat with Chamber Member - James Lucas

Sun, 2014-11-02 13:15

A chat with James Lucas from CirrusHQ who offer cloud computing solutions, server management software.

What would be a typical day of business for you?

There is no typical day for CirrusHQ!  Our customers are all so varied, and from so many different countries, they require different areas of our business daily.  Typical examples include:

  • Conference calls with existing and potential customers
  • Writing proposals for new customer projects
  • Debugging issues with customer servers
  • Technical architecture design of cloud based services

What five words would friends/colleague use to describe you?

Hard working, Knowledgeable, Friendly, Fun and Determined

What has been your most satisfying moment in business?

Watching the business grow from just me, to the excellent team we now have. Becoming Amazon Web Services' first Scottish Channel Partner earlier this year was a significant moment as it has helped grow our business considerably already and we expect this to continue.

We have also just been approved for the Government CloudStore which will aid us in providing our services to the public sector.

We have just launched the first Amazon Web Services User Group for Scotland which attracted a lot of interest at its first event.

How do you think West Lothian compares to other parts of Scotland as a place to do business?

West Lothian is an excellent area to base a business in.  You have easy access to train stations, the airport and Scotland's two biggest cities.  The business community is welcoming, friendly and supportive and there are numerous networking opportunities to help you grow your business.

What’s the best thing about being in business for you?

Being in control of my working day, and more importantly not having to answer to anyone! 

I have really enjoyed growing the business, employing new team members and seeing their skills develop, at the same time allowing me to focus on helping us grow further.

And the worst?

I have always wanted to be in business for myself so, I can’t  honestly think of one thing that would be worse than having to work for someone else! 

How has being a Chamber member aided you in growing your business?

The Chamber has aided us greatly in growing our business, from networking, to advice, to helping us employ a member of our team through the Graduate Recruitment Incentive. They are always full of suggestions and I would advise any West Lothian business to become a member.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

Growing CirrusHQ and still enjoying the challenge, we aim to bring on further partnerships with other Cloud service providers that will allow us to increase our customer base in the UK and beyond.