Business duo are on a real upward Trend

Phill Smart (right) and Simon Woodhouse. Picture by FRANK REID
Phill Smart (right) and Simon Woodhouse. Picture by FRANK REID

AWARD-WINNING business duo Phill Smart and Simon Woodhouse are on a roll.

The pair who won the Keys To Success competition have just been given even more positive news. The quarterly turnover of their IT business PC Trends is the best the pair have ever seen.

It is only a month ago that Phill and Simon moved into their new office at Hub Two of the Innovation Centre on the Queens Meadow Business Park in Hartlepool.

That was their prize in the Keys To Sucess competition, run by the Hartlepool Mail in association with UK Steel Enterprise.

Phill, 34, from Hartlepool, and Simon, 35, from Thornley, set up PC Trends in 2008. It was run on a part time basis until 2012 when the pair made the leap into a full time business after building up a number of clients in the transport industry, education and voluntary sector.

Now, just weeks after their competition success, their performance results have brought more good news.

Phill said: “Our last three month accounts showed we have reached our best turnover ever for a quarter.”

He said schools were one of the biggest clients and were turning to the company to supply Ipads, laptops and trollies. And when the business duo turn up to install products, they were being recognised after their competition success.

Phill said: “It is quite a surprise. People are telling us they have seen us in the paper. It might not be in our minds but people still remember the story where we were revealed as the winners.

“The competition was definitely in people’s minds and they do recognise you.”

The next step for PC Trends is to consider taking on an extra pair of hands and Phill said that a work experience placement could happen soon. “We are definitely looking to get that off the ground.”

Phill and Simon are now finishing off the process of moving their business into the Innovation Centre where they get to enjoy the most modern of business surroundings, some of the fastest Internet connections in the region, air conditioning; a manned reception and waiting area, free parking, 24 hour access, high security, a kitchen, gym and chill-out room.

PC Trends was one of more than a dozen firms which competed for the Keys To Success title.