STOCKTON-based Cornerstone Business Solutions has grown by 65pc in the last year – 15pc more than was predicted in September last year.
The company – which was founded by Chris Petty in June 2008 – predicted a 50pc increase in last year’s turnover which would see the firm tip the £1m mark. The workforce now stands at 11 staff and Cornerstone is currently seeking more IT engineers and Sales Staff.
The firm’s ambitious growth strategy to become one of the leading suppliers of business critical systems across the UK is strengthened daily by new contract wins, which most recently include Butterwick Hospice, Toys Direct, Acumen Waste and The Map Group UK.
Through a number of strategic partnerships and sub-contracting deals Cornerstone’s turnover is set to grow to a staggering £3.5m in the next two years and will see the company’s client spread go UK wide.
The firm has just appointed dedicated software support manager, Michelle McCardle, who will oversee client requests and manage day-to-day software enquiries. Michelle worked with many of the Cornerstone team in a previous job and has more than 7 years experience in similar roles.
Mr Petty, who was crowned the 2011 Face of Entrepreneurship for Middleborough in the Entrepreneur’s Forum – If We Can You Can campaign and is now on the judging panel for this year’s accolades – was determined to create a company which specialises in helping other businesses work smarter.
“We are delighted with the progress and to be able to report we have grown 15pc more than we predicted 10 months ago,” said Mr Petty.
Cornerstone – which is based in the prestigious MAP House at Preston Farm Industrial Estate, now employs 11 staff and boasts an enviable client list including Virgin Vie, Coors and Middlesbrough Football Club.
The company partners with global technology brands such as IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, Cisco, and BT – to provide robust and reliable support for business critical systems.
Ms McCardle said of her new appointment: “I’m really pleased to be working with the Cornerstone team, there are some familiar faces and its great the perfect opportunity for us to work together again has come about.
“I am looking forward to putting my stamp on this growing and progressive company, it’s really exciting.”