Ed is the primary organiser of the Ignite Cardiff events. He’s an honorary Welshman, with a passion for pronouncing Welsh place names correctly. Despite having spent most of his life in Wales, Ed has kept the Welsh accent at bay, and is often thought to be a “full English.” He graduated from Cardiff University with an Honors Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2007, and established Cartridge Mate in 2010. Now the face of Copier Mate, he is back in education completing his MSc in Transformational Sales Leadership at the University of Middlesex.
Ed has been the Head of Operations for Ignite Cardiff since he and Steve took the reins in 2012. His initial involvement came from an invitation to Ignite Bristol in early 2011. The format and the people were so impressive, he took the plunge and gave his first talk. A subsequent chain of events and chance introductions found him at the helm of the Cardiff event less than 18 months later.
Ignite Cardiff was an informal event being held a few times a year when he took over. Events were running in O’Neills with an attendance of around 80 people. After two years, the Ignite team has redefined the whole experience, reaching a wider audience, while keeping the inspirational and passionate speakers at its core. Events are now held in the Glee Club with regular attendance levels of 350+.
Ed is known for his faux pas, sarcasm, and love of cats.
Copier Mate is a trading name of Cartridge Mate Ltd, which was set up by Ed Barnett in 2010. The company is Wales’ largest Toshiba dealership, and it distinguishes itself on its relationship focused approach to the industry.
Cartridge Mate has over 9 years experience in the printer cartridge and office supplies industry. Over the years we have tried numerous remanufacturers to supply our alternative products. Now we stick to a small handful of tried and tested suppliers that abide by the ISO 9001 accreditation standards. It means that our customers can trust us and the products that we provide.
Customer service is something that Cartridge Mate prides itself on. Our account managers are here to help and are friendly, polite and attentive. Our team is proud to have a keen interest in the products that we provide which means we will always lead our industry from the front.
Unlike other office supplies companies such as Lyreco, Office Depot and Supplies Team, Cartridge Mate specialises in printers and printer consumables. The reason for this is that printer cartridges and other printer related items take up the largest quota of an office’s stationery budget. This means that we can offer the most significant savings to businesses by tackling one group of products rather than wasting time on others such as paper clips, coffee and pens.