Jan Murray – Technology Entrepreneur

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Jan Murray, President of the Send For Help Group, is a technology entrepreneur best known for founding PC World Plc, the first computer superstore chain in the world, outside the US.

In 1967, Jan Murray entered the family business REW Audio Visual Plc standing as Joint Managing Director from 1975–1979. Murray went on to sell the company to Thorn-EMI Plc for £3.5 Million in 1979, becoming a Divisional Director there until 1982.

Trying his hand as an entrepreneur, Murray founded Vision Technology Group Plc in 1982 becoming the largest mail-order computer supplier in the UK with a £35 Million annual turnover. Murray’s natural entrepreneurship took hold when he founded PC World Plc in 1991; the first computer superstore chain in the world, outside the USA. Within 24 months of starting up, he had opened the four largest flagship stores around London, attaining an annual turnover of £50 million.

Murray sold PC World Plc together with Vision Technology Group Plc to Dixons Group Plc for £9 Million in 1993. In 1995, Murray founded Internet Technology Group Plc, an internet service provider formed to offer high speed connections to business customers and the general public.

Murray sold Internet Technology Group Plc to Concentric Corp. (Nasdaq.CNCX)/Nexlink Corporation (Nasdaq.NXLK) for $250 million in 2000; the largest sale of an independent ISP in the UK.

Since 2000, Murray has invested in technology start-ups with his main focus now being Send For Help – founded by his sons’ James and William, which acquired Skyguard in March 2010. More recently, the Send For Help Group purchased Guardian24 in December 2014, which led the Group to become the largest lone worker protection in the world, with a combined subscriber base of over 100,000 end users. Symbolic to his wealthy business career, Murray featured on the Sunday Times Rich List in 2009, ranking at number 1,284.

Jan Murray Timeline


Career Highlights

Entered family business – REW Audio Visual Plc: 1967

Joint Managing Director, 1975-1979

Sold company to Thorn-EMI Plc for £3.5 Million in 1979

Divisional director of Thorn-EMI Plc 1979-1982

Founded Vision Technology Group Plc 1982-1993

Became the largest mail-order computer supplier in the UK with £35 Million annual turnover.

Founded PC World Plc computer superstore group 1991-1993

The first computer superstore chain in the world, outside the USA.

Opened the four largest flagship stores around London in 24 months, attaining an annual turnover of £50 Million.

Sold PC World Plc superstores and Vision Technology Group Plc to Dixons Group Plc for £9 Million in 1993.

Founded Internet Technology Group Plc in 1995

An Internet Service Provider formed to offer high speed connections to business customers and the general public.

Floated Internet Technology Group Plc, on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 1997.

Voted “UK Internet Service Provider of the Year” in 1999 and 2000.

Sold Internet Technology Group to Concentric Corp.(Nasdaq.CNCX)/Nexlink Corporation (Nasdaq.NXLK) for $250 Million in 2000 - the largest sale of an independent ISP in the UK.

2000 to present day Based in Guernsey, invested in various technology start-ups.

Invested in his sons' business - Send for Help Group which acquired Skyguard Group in March 2010.

World leaders in lone worker protection who supply over half the Police forces in the UK.

Purchased Guardian24 in December 2014, which led the Group to become the largest lone worker protection in the world, with a combined subscriber base of over 100,000 end users.