Julian Niman the founder and driving force of comms and data distributor Nimans has passed away.
The 64 year old died at his Manchester home this morning and had spent 32 years at the helm of the distribution company that bears his name.
Fellow director and friend David Bennett said Niman regarded all his staff as family and his passing had been a huge shock.
He added that the board of directors would continue to run the company as, “Julian would want us to and continue his legacy”.
“Julian saw all of us here as his family and he would want us to carry on serving the customer and running the business in his memory,” Bennett told the Nimans workforce.
“Many of us have known Julian for many years and we will have to support one another through this difficult time. We will share details of the funeral as soon as they are available,” he added.
Niman found he had a passion and talent for radio engineering at college and his first job was a radio engineer for the Met Police. He then spent some time at Sharp Electronics before deciding to start his own business.
He founded Nimans in 1985 at a moment when the opportunities in a deregulated telecoms market were booming. Using his own skills he was able to sell, install and repair equipment for customers.
The firm remains an independent and financially stable business and has remained one of the leaders in the telco distribution sector.
Recent years have seen the firm moving ever closer to the data channel with unified comms being an area where the channel player can support both data and voice resellers.