Oakleigh operates as an IT outsourcing “middle man”, negotiating deals between clients and large IT providers. It claims to have reduced an initial quote of £1m to £300,000 for a government department. Founder and owner Jim Young hopes to move into financial services when this sector improves, and wants to float on the Alternative Investment Market within five years. Sales at the Manchester company have grown 51% a year from £1.7m in 2000 to £3.9m in 2002.
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