Hartlepool firm is still growing, a year after winning title

GROWING: Phill Smart, left, and Simon Woodhouse of PC Trends.
GROWING: Phill Smart, left, and Simon Woodhouse of PC Trends.
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AN award-winning company is ready to expand again after landing a title.

It’s a year since a firm called PC Trends won the Keys To Success competition, run by UK Steel Enterprise in association with the Hartlepool Mail, and its prize of a 200 sq ft office for a year.

We have been exceptionally busy. The business has gone from strength to strength since this time last year, and we’re looking forward to further growth in the coming months.

Phill Smart, PC TRends

Company founders Phill Smart and Simon Woodhouse took up the prize of the office in Hub Two of the Innovation Centre on the Queens Meadow Business Park.

By September last year, Adam Smith, 26, got a job with the firm as it started to grow.

Now PC Trends is ready to create another position.

Phill said: “We have been exceptionally busy. The business has gone from strength to strength since this time last year, and we’re looking forward to further growth in the coming months.”

Phill, 34, from Hartlepool, and Simon, 35, from Thornley, were delighted to settle in to their new home a year ago, complete with desks, chairs, lighting and accessories.

PC Trends specialises in IT installation and Phill said the firm had a string of commissions for work in schools and businesses across the region. “It’s busy but rewarding work,” he added.

“Our largest project over the Easter time is extending the IT and CCTV system at Fens School which we installed last year, hopefully in time for the children returning so we aren’t under their feet.”

He praised the backing of UK Steel Enterprise and the Innovation Centre, and said: “The office has been a huge help over the last year, and has contributed greatly to our ongoing success.

“It’s acted as a base for us, allowing us to work hard when there, and switch off properly when we leave.

“We’re looking into taking on another employee as soon as time permits.”

He said he was confident this would happen in the next two months. Phill also praised the facilities at the centre and said the super-fast Internet connection really helps get the work done for our remote sites very quickly.

“We can work much faster now for our remote sites in the likes of Leeds, and saving time on the remote work lets us squeeze more in through the day,” he added.

PC Trends was established in 2008 and run on a part time basis until 2012 when its bosses went full-time after building up a client base in the transport industry, education and voluntary sector.