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Meet the fixers

We’ve been working with The Restart Project to put together a list of good electronic fixers based in East London that you can feel happy taking your gadgets and white goods to. To see the whole list, have a look here.

We went out and spoke to a couple of the businesses, to find out what made them start their repair business, where they got their fantastic fixing skills from and just a mini insight to their lives. A Google review is one thing, but sometimes you just want to know little bit more about the person taking your precious iPad to pieces.

Essex PC Fix Paul Middleton 14th March 2017 © Brendan Foster Photography 2017-3
© Brendan Foster Photography

Essex PC Fix – 33 Cromer Road, Hornchurch RM11 1EY

After building one of his schools first computers back in 1981, Paul Middletonhas been constantly taking apart, putting together and fixing PCs and laptops ever since. He’s worked all over the world doing tech work for big banks and then in 2008 decided that he wanted to be his own boss. He set up Essex PC Fix nine years ago after his wife told him he may as well run his own business seeing as he’s always being stopped by neighbours asking him about their PC problems. As one of the happiest fixers you’ll ever meet, on top of 33 years experience, Paul is the man you’ll feel happy handing over your laptop to.

For more information: http://www.essexpcfix.co.uk/

Essex PC Fix provides a comprehensive home PC and laptop repair and upgrade service to Hornchurch, Romford and the surrounding areas. Out service is flexible enough to offer repairs and upgrades in the comfort of your own home or alternatively, we can arrange to collect and re-deliver at a time convenient to you.

Man fixing a phone
© Brendan Foster Photography

Gadcet – 102 – 104 High Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford RM6 6NX

As one of 11 Gadcet shops, the Romford store is dedicated to fixing and selling repaired electronics. Ever since he was 10 year old, Abdul, one of the repairers, has been taking screws off anything he can get his hands on to find out what was inside and how it works. His personal philosophy is: there is nothing that can’t be fixed. His colleague Leon studied a Diploma in IT at Havering College and loves finding out what’s gone wrong inside our phones and tablets. Apple items hold a special interest because they’re just that tiny bit more challenging to figure out. Challenging, but not impossible.

For more information: http://www.gadcet.com/

Gadcet is a local East London group buying and selling used gadgets. They repair mobile phones and tablets at their Chadwell Heath store.

Edwards Office Supplies 14th March 2017 © Brendan Foster Photography 2017-5
© Brendan Foster Photography

Edwards Office Supplies – 128 New North Road, Hainault IG6 2XW               

John Wyatt set up Edwards Office Supplies in 1995 because he hated throwing stuff away. Seeing electrical items being binned rather than fixed really got on his nerves. 21 years later, he’s still helping people to fix rather than chuck. One of the fixers, Warren, has been tinkering with electronics since he was six years old. With a string of qualifications under his belt, and some high tech micro soldering equipment, he can fix your gadgets and explain to you exactly how he’s doing it. Steady hands are key but Warren loves the challenge of working out what’s wrong and putting it right. With a huge returning customer base, you know they’re doing something right.

For more information: http://www.londoncomputer-repairs.co.uk/

Based in Hainault, Edwards Office Serviced repairs computers, laptops, printers, photocopiers and entertainment consoles (Xbox, Playstation, Wii, Nintendo, PS3).

© Brendan Foster Photography

Console Clinic – 6 Tadworth Parade, Elm Park RM12 5AS

Who better to fix your console than a gamer? Kyle has been mending broken consoles since 2011 and knows better than anyone how to get you back in the game. One of his favourite things about the job is chatting with his customers and finding out what went happened (and yes, often it is spilled drinks). As a certified Apple IOS technician, he can mend your iPad and iPhone while he’s at it too.

For more information: http://www.consolesclinic.co.uk/

Console Clinic offers repairs, customisations, modifications and upgrades to past and present generation consoles, phones, tablets and other devices. All of our repairs are carried out at our workshop with the highest grade equipment and come with a full standing warranty.

© Brendan Foster Photography

Click@ – 103 Corbets Tey Road, Upminster RM14 2AH      

Muhanad and Reh opened Click@ six years. Reh looks after the phones and tablets and Muhanad takes on the computers and laptops. The two friends have a real love of fixing and enjoy spending their days repairing. It’s the first fixing business of its kind in Upminster and they have a whole list of regular customers. Who tell their friends. Who tell their friends. Who tell you. You’re welcome.

For more information: http://www.near.co.uk/2506790-Click-@/

Click@ is a computer repair shop in Upminster.

© Brendan Foster Photography

Compushop – 101 Cranbrook Road, Ilford IG1 4PU

Dropped your iPhone in the sink again? Get yourself to Compushop. As a specialist in Apple Mac repairs and liquid damage (among lots of other fixing and software problems), Salim is your guy. He had a shop in the heart of the electronic fixing area on Tottenham Court Road for 12 years. Then three years ago he moved his business to Ilford and now helps east Londoners and their naughty gadgets. His interest started when he opened up a cassette tape recorder years ago. And that fascination never went away. “I have to discover what’s inside and how it works”.

For more information: https://www.thecompushop.com/

Compushop offers repair services for laptops, desktop computers, iPads, iPhones, Samsung and other phones. As well as a walk in service at it’s Ilford store, the company offers mail-in and courier services.

© Brendan Foster Photography

Ill IT Solutions – 1 Tolworth Parade, East Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford RM6 6YU

Days after Lee’s parents bought their first computer, he took it apart. Luckily for everyone, he worked out how to put it back together again. Now, after a couple of qualifications and lots of experience, he gets paid to do the same thing. Lee started Ill IT solutions in 2008 after noticing the terrible customer service provided in bigger stores. For Lee, providing information and a friendly face are just as important as providing a fixed gadget. This family run business is all about service with a smile.

For more information: http://www.illit.co.uk/

Ill IT is a small family business based in Chadwell Heath. Ill IT undertakes all type of repairs and upgrades ranging from laptop screen replacements to hardware installations, upgrades, new builds and everything in between.


White goods (ovens, fridges, freezers etc)

© Brendan Foster Photography

RJ Electrical – 112 Mill Lane, Romford, RM6 6UU

Richard James used to make award winning wine. But his real passion is fixing. When he was a kid he loved to take things apart and put them back together again. Now, with 44 years experience, a 100% exam result in his Electricians City and Guilds from Barking College and regular refresher courses to stay up to date with new regulations, he spends his days fixing electric goods for Romford residents. And he’ll even clean your oven too.

For more information:  http://www.checkatrade.com/RJElectrical315992/

Richard James is a qualified electrician with many years of experience. He can do any domestic electrical work and specialises in electric cooker repairs.

© Brendan Foster Photography

KDS Appliances – 33 – 35 Beehive Lane, Ilford IG1 3RG

The K in KDS stands for Kitchener. Which is perfectly suited to this white goods, family run business (yep, the Kitchener family). Now in its 50th year and handed down to the next generation, KDS has four fixers, racking up almost 70 years of experience between them. That’s a lot of white goods knowledge. They repair and service the kitchen equipment for most of the east London council offices, schools and care homes. And they can do the same for your home kitchen too!

For more information: https://www.kdsappliances.co.uk/

KDS Appliances have been serving the local community in Ilford for over 40 years, providing a fast, friendly and efficient sales and repair service for all domestic appliances and commercial laundry equipment. We are a family run business offering outstanding service and advice with highly competitive prices.

Want to learn how to fix your own gadgets? Get yourself along to a Restart Party and never throw away a dodgy electrical item again.

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