About Us

The Story of DAOSS Ltd

From disaster to opportunity...

In 2020, The corona-virus struck the world with frightening force, sending the public into their homes on lockdown with employees fighting for their jobs and employers for their businesses. A lot of people lost their job and our CEO was no different. James was working as an office administrator for a local, but well-established business in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, which had to let him go in order to keep trading. Understanding their situation, he left in good spirits and decided to start his own business. Realising he only had some money in a change jar in his bedroom, the young entrepreneur decided to spend his last £12 on the registration fee at Company’s House. Establishing his own business for the first time.

"The modern form of your local handyman."

James combined his expertise in both the admin and the data management sectors in order to create DAOSS – Data, Admin & Online Support Services. With the idea of becoming the modern form of your local handyman. Helping businesses and individuals with the sorts of things that are vital, but often get overlooked due to lack of funds, resources and time. Things like websites, social media, data entry, basic admin and other day-to-day tasks. All of which James had spent the rest of his career to date dealing with daily, so it made sense to start something he could build from the ground up, with his current knowledge and the willingness to learn more.

"Providing a bespoke service for individuals & businesses"

DAOSS aims to try and provide a bespoke service for individuals, as well as local and national businesses. Wanting to offer a ‘We’ll do anything package’ combined with a selection of tasks that we will do regularly, such as building a website. This means, we can sit down with the client (either in person, or via an online-meeting) and find out exactly what the client wants. Then we can go away and mock it up, and once signed off, we will create it, select the best hosting, and purchase the domains for you. The complete package, completely bespoke for your business’ ideas and personality. 

Our Managing Director

James Richardson

James was brought up on the south coast, near Portsmouth but before he was a teenager, he moved up to Staffordshire in the Midlands due to his father’s work. A smart kid, he excelled in his GCSE’s and went on to 6th form in order to try and get into University, studying Computing, English Language and Product Design. Realising his talent for computers he began to enjoy the creative side of IT and Media, starting his own local radio station and hosting the breakfast show. 

A lover of football and media lead him to try and carve a career in the Football Commentary business, studying Sports Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and qualifying with a 2:1. He volunteered at his beloved Portsmouth Football Club, where he was a founder and commentator of their Audio Descriptive service for those with visual impairments and learning difficulties. For three years he worked hard at home matches, commentating on ‘Pompey’ whilst also studying hard for his degree. 

Upon leaving university, despite being a skilled presenter on both radio and TV formats, he struggled with getting work, due to a highly competitive industry which favours a football background over a journalism one. He found himself out of work, and struggling to find any. Eventually he decided to reset his career path and began to work at Amazon in their warehouse, before returning to the University of Central Lancashire, where he would work as a Data Admin for the Future U project. A project aimed at helping disadvantages children in the Lancashire area get into University or onto an apprenticeship. He enjoyed working in Preston, but ultimately in order to progress in his career, he needed to change roles. He took an Office Admin position at a local printing & publishing company in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, a few miles from his family home, and was enjoying gaining experience in all sorts of new areas.

Unfortunately in 2020, his boss passed away and the business began to struggle due to the Corona Virus crisis, and he was made redundant in June 2020.

He decided that the ongoing global crisis was actually an opportunity to start a business. With the ever-increasing movement of business as online platforms, he would be able to offer smaller businesses in the local area so web-building support, and assistance with Data Entry, Admin and other Online Services. – Thus DAOSS was formed.

With dreams far bigger than the company is now, James is aiming to turn this small start up into a well known local business, with clients in the local area as well as national and International clients. Really, in his opinion, the sky is the limit.

James Richardson - DAOSS Managing Director
James Graduating from UCLan in 2016
Jame before a commentary at Fratton Park in 2016