Training firm on target for growth

Colin Johnson, of Moore and Smalley with Dan Scott, of PHX
Colin Johnson, of Moore and Smalley with Dan Scott, of PHX
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A TRAINING provider which tripled its turnover last year is expanding its business.

PHX, which has a training centre in Queen Street, Blackpool, posted turnover of £1.3m this year, up from £850,000 in the previous 12 months and £500,000 in 2010.

And despite their booming figures, bosses have refused to lie down and are planning to expand their Government-backed training initiatives.

Dan Scott, managing director, founded the business, which offers apprenticeship training, with his wife Jayne in 2004.

He said: “Jayne and I started the business with no grand scheme, but our growth has happened largely because we’re genuinely interested in helping people to achieve.

“The key to success is about saying what you are going to do, then going out and doing it.

“We won’t take on something we can’t deliver.

“This is how we have created a reputation for efficiency and reliability which has acted as a platform for solid growth.”

Mr Scott has attributed the company’s success to a 46-strong team spread across sites on the Fylde coast, Morecambe, Southport and Workington, which he hopes to build on.

He added: “We give unemployed people the qualifications in literacy, numeracy, IT and employment skills they need to find work.

“It’s a question of giving them the confidence and drive to enable them to thrive in a structured world they aren’t used to.

“When our training helps someone to go out and get a job, it’s amazing for the individual, but also for us because we see ourselves as stakeholders in that person’s future.”

The company also says it was boosted by working alongside Moore and Smalley Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors to improve strategic financial management by monitoring sales and costs at its centres.

Colin Johnson, corporate services director at Moore and Smalley said: “PHX has generated strong expansion in recent years because Dan and Jayne have harnessed their training sector expertise with strong investment and sound financial management. “This is a formula for success that is both sustainable and profitable, and we very much look forward to working with them going forwards.”