’High-flying’ is a term often associated with Directors of successful companies but for one Swansea businessman, the term is taken literally.
Steve Bain, Director and joint-founder of Pisys.net, combines his day job at the Swansea based I.T. firm with his passion for paragliding, a hobby that has seen him travel the globe in search of the perfect flight.
As joint Director with John Merrick, Steve is part of the team that has seen Pisys.net become one of the largest I.T. firms in the region and with franchises in Cardiff, Aberdeen and Inverness, it’s not just his hobby that’s reaching the heights.
Formed in 2003 after meeting at a BNI event, Steve and business partner John merged their two I.T. Businesses to form Pisys.net and haven’t looked back since. In their 13 years of business together they have seen their company grow considerably however it’s Steve’s love of flying that enables him to keep his business life grounded.
Steve commented ’’I’m as passionate about Pisys.net as I am about flying and being able to juggle my business life with my family life and my hobby is challenging but highly rewarding’’.
’’My love of flying stems from my time in the Air Cadets and after learning to paraglide in Sweden, I was fortunate enough to join the South West Wales Soaring Club when we moved to Swansea’’ said Steve.
With one of the best paragliding spots in Europe on his door-step, Steve can regularly be found on the Gower Peninsular when he is not solving I.T. Issues for clients. Steve commented ’’Rhossilli Downs are arguably one of the best paragliding spots around. Not only are the conditions excellent for the sport but being on my door-step, I can often get a flight in after-work or in the summer months, early in the morning before heading in to the office’’.
Although a familiar face in paragliding circles locally, his passion has taken him around the globe most recently to Tenerife but trips to Sweden as well as a scheduled trip to Spain next year will keep the air miles adding up as he travels with fellow club members.
Steve commented ’’The club are off to Algodonales just outside Cadiz in Spain, which is regarded as one of the best paragliding spots in the world’’. Using the IOTA glider by Advance with an Impress 3 Harness and a Navitar Oudie 3 computer, the kit carried is smaller than most people expect. ’’The whole kit weighs approximately 15KGs which makes it relatively easy to carry and climb to the best spots for the sport’’ said Steve.
As his love of paragliding continues to grow, so too does Pisys.net. Their vision of providing affordable I.T. support and services to SME’s in South Wales has led to them becoming one of the leading outsourced I.T. suppliers throughout Wales and as far North as Aberdeen and East to London, spanning both the private and public sectors.
Steve commented ’’At Pisys.net, we are committed to providing our clients with fast, efficient, professional and courteous service of the highest level. That best service supported by the best technology. We have formed partnerships with some of the world’s biggest and most respected technology providers, such as Microsoft, Dell and IBM/Lenovo, so that we can make the very best technology available to small and mid-sized businesses – but only when they’re ready and only when we know it will benefit their business’’.
With a growing UK wide franchise base and expanding portfolio of clients, the I.T. business has a bright future and with the ability to indulge his passion locally, Steve Bain is one of the few local businessmen who has the work-life balance just right.Back to all articles