Stephen Johnson is co-founder and director of ROQ, the software testing solutions provider based in Chorley.

Stephen established the business in 2009 with fellow software testing professional, Mark Bargh, after the pair recognised a gap in the market for a UK-based testing facility serving the needs of blue-chip clients across the globe.

Stephen’s previous experience included selling strategic testing solutions, building global brands, and managing marketing initiatives worldwide for companies in the software testing market.

Life before ROQ saw Stephen working across India and the USA, where he witnessed off-shore IT ventures attracting major investment and enjoying success.

However, he felt strongly that these operations failed to deliver quality. It was clear to him that the North West was the perfect place to launch his own business, as the region has some the world’s best universities, the finest graduate talent, and hard-working, straight-talking, passionate professionals.

As testament to Stephen’s conviction, Lancashire is growing as a digital hub, where dynamic businesses with vision, determination, and the ability to deliver quality, can thrive.

Since its inception, ROQ has grown from a small office-based team in Preston, to a 150-seat, purpose-built Test Lab on the edge of Euxton and Buckshaw Village.

The team delivers high quality, robust and reliable software testing solutions to public and private sector organisations across a wide range of industries.