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Kevin Ashcroft

Company:
Blinkered
Position:
Founder & Ceo
Industry sector:
Marketing / Public Relations

Having left school at 15 with no qualifications, Kevin enrolled on the YTS (Youth Training Scheme), studying Computer Aided Design and Database programming. At 18 he began his first full-time role for a Consulting Engineering practice located in Glasgow and Edinburgh; there he worked his way up from the role of CAD Technician to IT Manager.??

Two years later Kevin founded OCD, running it on a part-time basis whilst still working in his full-time role. In 1994 the board of directors demanded he either concentrated on his own business or on theirs. After seven seconds of thought, Kevin decided to focus on his vocation and started to grow OCD from the offices of his previous employer.??

Fast forward a couple of years and Kevin had bought most of the aforementioned property before converting the same into apartments. This formed the backbone of his successful property business, which he continued to expand at the same time as starting yet another company, this one specialising in wedding car hire.??

As well as providing his services as a mentor to Project Scotland and a position on the board of Cumbernauld Theatre Trust, Kevin’s main company OCD was the first technology business to link to the Scottish Government in the NEET Agenda (More Choices More Chances), which aimed to help young people to find employment and provide a future career path.??

OCD swiftly became a leading Scottish IT provider specialising in IT Support, Backup / Disaster Recovery and Virtualisation with accreditations including Microsoft Gold Partner and Cisco Partnership.??

Kevin sold OCD to a PLC in October 2011 and founded Blinkered, a company that provides digital marketing solutions to help clients promote business, find new prospects and win new customers.

Alongside Blinkered, Kevin is the interim CEO of K2L, Co-founder of Heid, a mentor at Entrepreneurial Spark and regularly sits on the funding panels for SEN (Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network).

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