Great value for money, a caring approach, trust, transparency and providing exceptional levels of service – these are just some of the many positive values at the core of Techminder.

Our mission is to provide first class IT support to clients throughout the North West and further afield. As a managed service provider, we look after our clients’ workstations, Wi-Fi, network security, mobile devices (eg Google tablets, iPhones and iPads) and operating systems including Microsoft and Apple.

Using Techminder brings clients reassurance and peace of mind because they have knowledgeable and experienced IT specialists ready to sort out any issues which arise and to help them plan for the future.

We offer both scheduled on-site and remote helpdesk support to meet our clients’ needs. We work with them on short and long-term strategies, based around realistic budgets, so they can make informed decisions which bring lasting benefits.

Our focus is primarily on mainstream primary and secondary schools, multi-academy trusts and other educational establishments, such as colleges, universities and training providers. We also have a track record of supporting special needs schools and alternative provision establishments. Essentially, we work with any organisation that has an office, whether that be local government, public sector or independent businesses.



The company was launched in 2017 by Joel Thornton and Darren Shaw, who had been employed providing IT support at a multi-academy trust. With recognised industry qualifications and practical experience providing IT support to schools under their belts, the enterprising duo decided to set up their own business, originally known as The Little IT Company, which has gone from strength to strength.

To celebrate the success and the evolution of the business, Little IT relaunched as Techminder in 2022 to reflect the essence of the firm – combining technology with the burning desire to take care of customers and their IT.



Our main focus is ensuring that a client’s IT infrastructure is robust and reliable. We assess, evaluate and make recommendations about upgrading hardware and software if this required. It is crucial their systems are in optimum condition to reduce cyber security risks and sanctions through avoidable breaches of data protection laws.

We are interested in having a long-term relationship with our clients and being a valued partner and, because we take pride in being part of their community, we always go the extra mile to ensure the best possible service.

Our experience means we have a strong understanding and empathy with the specific needs of educational establishments. Our overriding goal is to help them give pupils and students the best possible chances in life.

We understand the vital importance IT plays in teaching and learning. Without high-quality support, students and their life chances can be affected. Data can be lost and precious teacher time can be wasted trying to fix IT problems rather than expanding pupils’ horizons and transforming their lives. It is also vital staff have the ability and confidence to utilise the latest cutting-edge technologies in modern, high-tech classrooms where they know the equipment is reliable.

Techminder’s ethos is all about providing great levels of service, being caring and personable – and never coming across as being like a robot at the end of the phone!

As for the future, we already have a reputation for giving great advice and service, acting in the best interests of everybody and not just the bottom line – now our aim is to demonstrate those qualities to even more clients and to ensure they are provided with the best possible IT solutions.

Meet the team

Our team is the heart of everything we do. Their knowledge and passion are what drives our business forward and delivers our successes. They  have been handpicked to ensure we can consistently deliver the highest quality services for our clients.

Darren Shaw

Darren Shaw

Managing Director

 Darren has successfully been working in the education sector for over 17 years. In that time he has been very successful building strong relationships within the education and business sectors. Knowing that he could provide a more comprehensive service. Darren has successfully completed the Comp TIA A+ and NET + along with multiple Sophos and Cyber Security certifications.

Nathan Long

Nathan Long

Senior Network Engineer

Nathan has worked for a large number of MSPs across the North West for both schools and businesses alike. He has a broad skill set encompassing all aspects of ICT, hardware installations & support. Nathan has a friendly and approachable character and is always happy to help.

Lewis Anders

Lewis Anders

IT Engineer

The purpose of this role is to provide high level of technical support to our clients.

Being part of our team is an exciting opportunity to learn new skills and develop your career. At Techminder we go above and beyond, taking pride in our ability to not only support customers but to build long and lasting personable relationships with them.

Ian Boffey

Ian Boffey

Senior IT Engineer

Ian has 25 years of IT experience working in Industry. He enjoys working within Schools using his  technical experience to ensure a first class service is provided at all times.

Ian is part of a team who excel at working together to develop their own skills and also ensure our customers receive the best possible service in the shortest possible time.

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