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Game On In Thurso

28th January 2003

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Computer game enthusiasts in the far north are all rushing to Thurso, with the opening of a dedicated computer gaming centre in the town.

With assistance from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE), and a great deal of encouragement from his family, Michael Mathews (23) has set up Game Time Limited.

Michael - who still works part-time for Morson International writing computer programmes - has revamped a former newsagents shop in Thurso's High Street. He has installed 10 networked PCs where customers can take part in different games, either as individuals or with other players and local leagues are being set up for the most popular games.

Michael is also making plans to link up with other UK computer gaming centres in order for clients to take part in national leagues over the internet. Customers can also surf the net from the PCs and help is available for beginners.

A member of the Virtual Gaming Alliance, Game Time Limited has created three new part-time jobs. In addition, the business will provide part-time work for Michael and a full-time job for his mother Penny who will be taking care of the day-to-day administration of the business.

A building and development grant from CASE of 5,000 and HIE-Starts funding has helped Michael get the business off the ground. HIE- Starts is a programme designed to help new businesses by providing a regular income for the first twelve months of trading, usually the most difficult time for fledgling businesses.

Commenting on his new venture, Michael Mathew said: "I would like to thank CASE and my parents for their assistance, without it I would not be able to set up Game Time Limited. I would like to encourage everyone to come and have a go, even if they have never played before, we can help get people started."
CASE's HIE-Starts manager, Ian Thomson said: "New business starts are a key economic driver in the economy of Caithness and we are particularly encouraged by Michael's venture. This business is unique to the area and will provide young and old alike with a new activity to enjoy.

"It is also good to see a disused property in the Thurso High Street being brought back into use."


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