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Overclockers UK - the past, present and future

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Spie, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Spie


    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 13,055

    I have an important announcement to make.

    On 30th January 2012 I sold Overclockers UK and its associated companies to AF Gaming Gmbh, owners of well-known European distributer Caseking.

    Overclockers UK was born from an idea in 1999 to offer overclocked CPUs commercially with guaranteed performance. It was an immediate hit and over the following years grew rapidly into one of the most successful online vendors of PC components and systems in the UK. The time had come for me to realise my investment and therefore hand over the company to those deserving of such responsibility.

    Let me introduce you to the two new Joint Managing Directors of Overclockers UK, Toni Sonn aka CK-Toni and Kay Kostadinov aka CK-Kay. Together they have built Caseking into a force to be reckoned with having operations in Germany, France and Holland. They have Europe’s largest case range with 95% available from stock, an excellent reputation for customer service and numerous exclusive importation and distribution deals. They intend to take Overclockers UK to the next level by investing in technology, new product offerings and a strengthening of its online presence. The Company’s existing relationships with its UK customers and its long-standing suppliers as well as the Newcastle-under-Lyme premises will be further improved by the investment plans. The management teams of Overclockers UK and Caseking are keen to continue with the successful development of the combined group as a pan-European market leader. Overclockers UK and Caseking will continue to offer a constant flow of new product developments, the best performing hardware and exclusive designs to European computer enthusiasts in the future. You can read a little bit about Toni and Caseking here.

    These forums were born 12 years ago, designed and created by myself as a place where like-minded people could learn and share. I am immensely proud of the forums and all that they have achieved. We have always been different – bold, outspoken and controversial – but that set us apart from the rest. Toni and Kay are totally committed to the forums and have no plans to change a winning formula.

    I am very happy to have Overclockers UK in the capable hands of Toni and Kay together with existing Technical Director David Middling and Purchasing Manager Andy Gibson. I am sure that they will take the Company from strength to strength.

    So what does the future hold for me? That’s something I’m looking forward to finding out, but in the meantime I have been asked to remain as an Admin of the forums and I have agreed to do so.

    Finally I’d like to thank every single Overclockers UK customer, all staff and forum members who have helped make this company what it is today. An amazing chapter in the history of Overclockers UK has closed and an exciting new one has opened.

    Mark “Spie” Proudfoot
    Founder and former owner of Overclockers UK
  2. benneh


    Joined: Apr 9, 2004

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    Location: Nr. brumijum

  3. stulid


    Joined: Jan 17, 2010

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    Location: weston-super-mare

  4. greywolf

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 2, 2005

    Posts: 1,615

    Firstly a congratulations is in order to Spie, a hell of an achievement, with behind it I suspect a hell of a lot of work.

    Hopefully the new owners will take note of why OcUK became successful and keep the forum community the way it is. The reason I continue to shop at OcUK as it does not feel like a faceless company, which is a point where many competitors fall down. That and I think I have actually now had more free stuff from OcUK than I have actually bought :D
  5. pyropetepete


    Joined: Nov 15, 2011

    Posts: 1,156

    Mark, don't let the money go to your head or the bordem take over!
  6. Grandmaster Fap!


    Joined: Jan 10, 2004

    Posts: 8,217

    Location: T'Northwest

    Oooh congrats Mark on a job well done over the years and YAY for the forums staying! Here's to the future guys :)
  7. mrbell1984


    Joined: Aug 9, 2008

    Posts: 18,569

    Location: UK

    Well done. Time to pass on profits to your customers in this very hard climate.

  8. ZedPowered

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 7, 2008

    Posts: 1,538

    Location: Bristol

  9. arctine


    Joined: Oct 7, 2009

    Posts: 3,623

    Nice one.
  10. antijoke


    Joined: Jan 28, 2003

    Posts: 35,404

    Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon

    Congratulations Mark.

    Any plans for another Italian Stallion for the stable? :D
  11. arc@css


    Joined: Nov 8, 2008

    Posts: 25,026

    Location: 52 Festive Road.

    Nice post Spie, all the best for the future. :)

    After a well deserved rest, you could write a book about how your journey and experience in how you built up your empire. I'm sure many would buy it, I know I would. :)
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
  12. Vespasian777


    Joined: Nov 9, 2011

    Posts: 553

    Location: Bora Bora

    How much did you get for it?
  13. peterattheboro


    Joined: Sep 24, 2005

    Posts: 19,820

    Location: Middlesbrough

    Have to say I've never even heard of Caseking. Will be interested to see where the company and forum goes from here...
  14. Will Gill


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 54,396

    Location: Cornwall

    Good luck to you Mark, I trust you will be enjoying a fair few 19th holes for the time being? ;) :)
  15. sehcure

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 24, 2011

    Posts: 979

    Well done sir.
  16. A.N.Other


    Joined: Nov 6, 2005

    Posts: 8,037

    Location: MK45

    Congratulations on the sale, Spie :)
  17. TurnipHead


    Joined: Mar 13, 2007

    Posts: 6,564

    Location: UK

    Damn onions.. :(

    Congratulations though. :)
  18. TheDean


    Joined: Oct 3, 2004

    Posts: 4,960

    Location: North East

    Many congratulations on all you have acheived with OcUK. Pleased you will be around in the future
  19. JCBeastie

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 28, 2004

    Posts: 1,792

    Location: Deepest Cornwall

    Wow, Caseking eh... looking forward to see what changes/improves.
  20. metbandit1

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 15, 2011

    Posts: 1,840

    Location: Midlands!

    Congrats Mark!

    Enjoy your hard earned reward :)

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