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30 years in business
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Join us as we celebrate 30 years in business
2022 marks the 30th anniversary of Wise Owl Training. Much has happened since we started work in a basement in South Manchester!

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 February 2022

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Join us as we celebrate 30 years in business

2022 is a big year for us here at Wise Owl Training, as it marks 30 years since we started computer training!

Early sponsorship

Early sponsorship from Jenny and Andy, the original owls. Jenny drew the owl in Freelance (which no one else will remember!), and it shows.

It all began in 1992 (this was also a big year for Microsoft, as Windows 3.1 was released in March of that year).

Windows 3.1

Microsoft sold more than 3 million copies of Windows 3.1 in the first 2 months it was available (we sold slightly fewer spaces on our courses that first year ...).


In the beginning we were working from a cold and dark basement in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, and travelling to training in our trusty Ford Escort van.

Ford Escort van

One of several in a series!

Today things look quite different, both for Wise Owl and the rest of the world! We hope you'll join us this year as we celebrate 3 decades of computer training.


Birthday cake

At some point there WILL be a cake!


Here are some things we thought we'd share:

Area Notes
Different areas of work When we began, we didn't realise that we'd be publishing  videos, blogs, exercises and skills tests (perhaps the key to keeping going as a business is always to be trying new things?).
5 messages for others We've taken our 5 worst moments of the last 30 years (you can probably guess what number one is) and used them to give 5 bits of advice to any would-be entrepreneurs.
(Software) memory lane A nostalgic look at software packages we have trained in over the last 30 years.
A geographical history Wise Owl has had 8 nests in the last 30 years - we hope our current one is our final resting place, but you never know!
Changing clients A look back at how the nature of our clients has changed (since we started keeping proper records, anyway).
A history in websites The story of Wise Owl (at least since our first website) as told through a sequence of embarrassing screen-shots of old websites.

As part of our 30th birthday celebrations we pledged to give £30 for each booking we received in May 2022 (our 30th anniversary month) to UNICEF.

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