Schools, government departments and retailers including JD Sports are customers of the Manchester-based IT consultancy GBM, which started life in 1992 as a pure IT reseller. Under co-founders Michelle Atkinson, 47, and Alan Betts, 60, it has expanded its range of services to include installation, support and repair of PC and Apple products. It also runs training courses for app developers and graphic designers, as well as school teachers, who are increasingly reliant on IT in the classroom. The company now counts more than 7,000 businesses and institutions as customers, helping to boost sales to £34.9m in 2015.
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