Starting a new business is an exciting, multifaceted process and will undoubtedly be planned with a strict budget in mind until an established enterprise, with a trusted reputation and reliable profit can be assured.

From trying to promote your brand and securing sales to managing administrative and legislative issues, it’s absolutely essential to have the right IT equipment in place to enable you to carry out everyday tasks and manage your business either from the office or at home.

Whether you have staff or are starting out on your own, great savings can be made by choosing refurbished IT systems, in addition to providing you access to better, more productive technology to help you make your mark.

Before you make any commitments on orders for your technology choices, read why investing in refurbished computer systems could be the best option for you and your enterprise:


As a startup, it’s imperative to have the tools you need to be productive and at the forefront of your industry, to be a step ahead of the competition. As launching your business and sustaining your workflow may involve long hours and many meetings, benefits such as long battery life, fast processors and large memory are essential.

When you choose repaired IT systems, you can have access to the latest, top of the range models for up to 80% less than if you bought them brand new. This means that it pays to buy refurbished as you get better technology for your money. If you were to spend the equivalent amount on a brand new machine, it is likely it would be a more basic mode, cheaply made, with a low to medium performance.


Generally, the more out of date your computer is, the less secure and more vulnerable to attacks, including viruses and hacking, it is. If you store client information or company financial details on your PC, it needs to be safe and secure to protect your startup and those you work with, including customers

Upgrading can be costly, but not overly so with refurbished machines. A computer can be upgraded to have a better motherboard, processor and more memory to run the most up to date security software - without breaking the bank.

For startups, saving money makes success more viable as it can be used on other aspects of your business, such as marketing and HR.


When a business is new, potential clients will often look for reasons to switch from current providers and trust a new business. This is shaped by reviews, price points and also matters of responsibility and ethics.

Being environmentally friendly and ‘green’ is fantastic for a company's public image and can be a selling point if you’re up for a pitch against a company with no track record in this area. Choosing refurbished IT is a form of recycling and reduces business waste, which is a good environmental standpoint to get behind.

In turn, when your computer or laptop needs to be replaced, perhaps in a couple of years, it can also be refurbished or recycled for parts and the positive cycle continues.


Hardware Associates recently celebrated 20 years in the IT industry, offering high quality refurbished IT hardware and consultation services to many sectors in the business world. Working with top brands like Apple and Dell, we have a wide range of spare parts and refurbished equipment, up to 80% cheaper than buying new.

“Our focus is on supplying the best technology at the best price for businesses,” says Bill Champness, Hardware Associates’ MD, “and we find this is even more important for startups who have to be very budget conscious, at the same time as needing to invest in IT equipment that will aid their success and growth.”

Find out more about our history and services here, or call our team on 01428 707900 for more information.