Virtual Village was founded in 1996 by David Heap. David was formerly Chairman & Chief Executive of ISA International plc which he originally founded in 1970 and floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1987.
Following a long spell in Dallas, USA as Chief Executive developing Daisytek International Corp. he relinquished the role of Chief Executive of ISA in 2000 and retired as Chairman in December 2001. In 1995 Daisytek International Corp., was floated on the NASDAQ Exchange (DZTK) with David as Chairman and Chief Executive. Daisytek is the world's leading wholesale distributor of non-paper computer and office automation supplies with current sales of over $1.2bn. David returned to the UK in 1996 and retired from Daisytek as Chairman in 1999.
Virtual Village was highly successful in the software development marketspace, developing turnkey solutions for a number of blue chip clients. These solutions had a significant hardware element and when, in 2000 the attractive software arm was acquired in a 10m Euro sale, the hardware supply and distribution side of the business could grow in its own right.
Michael Whittaker aboard the Virtual Village sponsored 'Calvaro' at Olympia