Grant support computes for Hereford IT company
“We have been very impressed with how straightforward and painless the whole application process has been. As a result of the support, we’ve created two new jobs.”
Muriel Cope, Director, PC Logix
- £11,250 grant from the Business Growth Programme
- New business wins as a direct result of grant funding
- Two new jobs created initially
Nigel and Muriel Cope started PC Logix in 2012 offering a broad range of IT solutions for Herefordshire business. Nigel has over 25 years hands on experience in the IT Industry and Muriel, the driving force behind the scenes, has taken on a customer service, administration and accounts role.
IT Consultancy forms the cornerstone of their business, where they always strive to give unbiased professional advice based on client needs and preferences.
Since its inception PC Logix have built up a substantial client base in Hereford, Leominster, Ross on Wye, Ledbury and Ludlow, serving businesses ranging from small office workgroups to multi-site companies.
The business challenge
PC Logix has experienced a period of organic growth in recent years but the directors were keen to explore how they could bring their IT consultancy services to a wider customer base. In February 2015, the company became a limited company as part of its wider plan for growth and approached the Marches Growth Hub in the following year to explore support on offer for small businesses.
How the Marches Growth Hub helped
The expert business support team at Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire introduced the company to the support on offer, and detailed numerous funding options including grant schemes which the company was eligible to apply for.
The company was invited to attend numerous Marches Growth Hub events to network and promote its services to other businesses involved with the hub. The team also supported the company in its grant application to the Business Growth Programme (BGP).
The BGP is an £33m European Union fund which offers grants of up to £200,000 from four separate funds, the Business Development Programme, the Business Innovation Programme, the Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme and the HS2 Supply Chain Programme.
PC Logix secured £11,250 with some of the funds used to access a database of potential new clients, a move which immediately resulted in an increase in sales.
Muriel Cope said: “We have been very impressed with how straightforward and painless the whole application process has been, and how promptly our grant appeared in our bank account! It has enabled us to purchase a client database from a retiring IT company and consequently employed two new members of staff to help us deal with the extra work.”