Good to see that RDC are still going. I was one of the founder members when it was independent and am still kicking myself I didnt push harder to buy a share.
Back in the day we ran computer auctions, manufactured our own branded desktop PCs and did a lot of spot buying and selling of components. It started in a small unit next to a tyre and exhaust centre in deepest small town Essex in those crusty days before Email. Great days as the business model was intentionally light and flexible so that we could focus on virtually any computer related activity where there was demand. IDE drives were too expensive for economy priced PCs and no one was really convinced if Windows 95 would catch on but our own market research proved customers were happy with homebrewed PCs with 2x second hand double height 5.25 inch SCSI drives so long as we stuck extra feet on their full tower cases to stop them rocking too violently on start up. In between manufacturing 2 brands of desktop PCs we found time to prove that multiplayer Doom worked perfectly well over a Novell Netware LAN, proved that a kit car could indeed be constructed from scratch between the racks of stock in the warehouse and prove that we could run auctions in different parts of the country every weekend without mishap. Time and tide moved on and eventually the startup was bought first by Datrontech, then as the new corporate IT inventory disposal market really started to take off it was acquired by Computacentre to focus solely on that market.
Interesting to read that Arrow have just sold it back to them. A great place to work in its day with a myriad of larger than life characters.
It was an effective launchpad for many people's careers. Long may it continue