Adam continues the winning Trend for PC

Adam Smith (left) getting to grips with his new job with Phill Smart of PC Trends, and Sarah Thorpe of UK Steel Enterprise in the new 'prize' office at the Innovation Centre
Adam Smith (left) getting to grips with his new job with Phill Smart of PC Trends, and Sarah Thorpe of UK Steel Enterprise in the new 'prize' office at the Innovation Centre

A KEEN worker has found the job of his dreams thanks to the Hartlepool Mail.

Adam Smith, 26, has secured a job with a company which won the Mail-backed competition Keys To Success contest.

The competition was run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with UK Steel Enterprise, and offered one firm the chance to win a 200 sq ft office, spacious enough to accommodate three people and with no rent, rates, lighting or heating bills to pay for 12 months.

The winning firm was PC Trends which is run by Phill Smart and Simon Woodhouse. They moved into UK Steel Enterprise’s Hub Two building on the Queens Meadow Business Park just three months ago. Business is “hectic” and Adam is kept busy helping to cope with the demand.

The company provides IT support services to the transport, education, health, warehousing and voluntary sectors.

Adam, who hails from Shotton Colliery, said: “I am extremely happy in my new job and it is going really well.”

After being made redundant in March, Adam decided to forge his dream career around his love of computers. He was already enrolled on a part-time degree in computing at Teesside University and he started searching for a job in IT.

He said: “A friend of a friend read about PC Trends in the Hartlepool Mail, saying that they could now employ someone as they had won the competition and had the office space they needed.

“I contacted them straight away to ask if I could do some work experience. When they offered me a full time job I was over the moon as it is exactly what I was looking for and I am learning such a lot”.

Phill said: “We have needed help for a while but it wasn’t until the competition gave us the fully furnished offices and brilliant facilities at the Innovation Centre that we could think about employing anyone.

“This year has been amazing and business has been even more hectic since we moved in.”

Sarah Thorpe, of UK Steel Enterprise, said: “We knew PC Trends was aiming to create jobs once they had the offices they needed and they have certainly got off to a flying start.

“We are confident that both Adam and PC Trends will do very well.”