Who I Am

Small Office Solutions Ltd was formed almost 27 ago, in 1995, to provide quality, independent software development, training and consultancy services to small businesses in Hertfordshire. Since then the business expanded and had satisfied customers across the globe. Initially also providing ad-hoc troubleshooting and support on a range of platforms, SOS Ltd subsequently specialised in website and web application development and support, hosted on Windows servers. 

In 2007, the company achieved ISO9001 (2000) certification, being one of the smallest UK companies to complete certification at the time.

From April 2024, Small Office Solutions has ceased trading. However services continue to be provided under the Small Office Solutions banner by principal consultant and founder, Derek Pattenson.

His core skills are based around the Microsoft development tools, including .Net, Office, SQL Server and IIS together with industry standards such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery and MySql.

Based in Watford, Hertfordshire, UK, Derek Pattenson has over 45 years' commercial IT experience. Working for major domestic and international blue-chip companies, the skills and disciplines of working as part of a professional team remain firmly rooted at the heart of Derek's development approach. His roles have included development, maintenance, systems analysis, database administration, pre- and post-sales support, help-desk management, consultancy and training, providing an ideal all-round foundation for his current responsibilities trading as Small Office Solutions.

In 2009, Derek won the "Freelance Consultant" category of the BT-sponsored Remote Worker Awards 

A further recognition has come about in early 2016, with Derek being short-listed as one of 6 semi-finalists in iHubbub's search for "Best Freelancer" in their Home Business Awards

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