About Impact Computer Consultants (1986-2016)

See some past projects.

Brighton's historic West Pier


Malcolm Kitchen and Ingolf Kabza started Impact Computer Consultants in Hove, Sussex in 1986 as a specialist mini-computer commercial software developer. Our early days of writing bespoke multi-user integrated applications gave us considerable experience of listening to business requirements and developing computing solutions.

As business computing changed our Company evolved into a more mainstream computer services provider supplying PC, Windows and Local Area Network solutions.

Over the years we worked in various sectors of industry, from manufacturing and distribution to staff agencies and insurance. Our IT services ranged from independent and impartial advice through to acting as a stand-in IT manager. Our computing solutions ranged from supplying off-the-shelf third-party products through to specification, development and implementation of complete bespoke systems. Our systems support ranged from one-off troubleshooting to off-site IT department.

Our office remained in Hove until 2014, when we moved to Burgess Hill, West Sussex.

Key man retirement and changes in personal circumstances meant we ceased trading summer 2016.

Our aim was always be to provide or recommend the right product or service, using the most appropriate technology at an affordable price.

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The Royal Pavilion, Brighton


Malcolm Kitchen
Malcolm graduated with a science degree and began his computing career in 1978 at a software house in East Grinstead, Sussex. He had a short spell working at a larger company as a senior programmer analyst, then left to start Impact with his life long friend and fellow programmer Ingolf.

Ingolf Kabza
Ingolf graduated with an arts degree and after a short spell in another industry began his computing career in 1979, joining the same software house as Malcolm. He left to start Impact with Malcolm.

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Malcolm Kitchen, circa 2000

filing Projects

file Company A was moving from a mini computer to a PC network. Impact masterminded the migration, resulting in a turnkey system changeover. Downtime was zero!

file Company B was expanding quickly, opening new satellite branches around the UK in quick succession. All branches needed on-line access to Head Office order processing and stock control systems and the software had to be modified to handle branch stock. Impact designed and implemented the changes on time and to budget.

file Company C had the opportunity of gaining a major new client but faced the precondition that only EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) trading would be acceptable. Impact acted fast and added a new sub-system. The contract was won!

file Start-up Company D had quickly outgrown their manual systems. Impact investigated the business requirements and was able to put forward a standard off-the-shelf package solution.

file Company E has over 100 employees and a wide mix of computer hardware and software. A full-time IT Manager with in-house computer personnel was deemed too great an overhead. A support agreement with Impact meant existing staff were able to manage the computer systems with on-call assistance.

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