Firm’s blue sky thinking after upgrade

DIVE DREAM: Ian Rosenvinge of Peterlee Parachute Centre.
DIVE DREAM: Ian Rosenvinge of Peterlee Parachute Centre.
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A BUSINESS hopes the sky is the limit after top technology was drafted in to improve its operations.

Ian Rosenvinge, owner of Peterlee Parachute Centre in Shotton Colliery, has invested in new software to help the company streamline its booking process and focus on developing the business.

As a result, it is looking to recruit a new member of staff to manage the marketing inquiries and has revised its business forecasting, increasing the expected turnover for the year to £350,000.

Ian, 55, of Newton Hall, Durham, began the company 14 years ago after serving in the Royal Engineers as a Troop Commander with 9 Parachute Squadron.

He knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his career – make a business out of his passion for parachuting.

Before starting the company, Ian got in contact with Business Link, which provided him with advice and support.

The organisation has been helping him ever since.

Most recently Business Link advised Ian to develop an updated booking system.

He enlisted the help of Durham University graduate, Mike Lehan who he knew through the parachute club.

Mike had developed One Web Services and he was able to help Ian update the system.

Ian said: “The new systems have had an incredible effect on the business. Before we were having to process the same information across numerous forms and certificates.

“This more efficient way of working has meant that we can focus on marketing the business rather than data inputting.

“We’ve been so successful that we actually can’t keep up with the inquiries.

“We are looking to recruit another member to the team to help us take advantage of all these opportunities and bookings.”

The centre is also expanding further as Ian is working with a friend from his Army days to introduce a new plane to the school.

Paul Moore, 51, from Peterlee, until recently served in the armed forces in Germany, with his last five years spent as the Commandant of the Joint Services Parachute Centre at Bad Lippspringe, where he flew and managed two similar aircraft.

The new craft will help the school increase to about 1,200 tandem sky dives each year.

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