An IT specialist is marking a decade in business with a major plan for growth.

Benjamin Challinor launched Business Guys IT in 2011 as a one-man consultancy business for all things IT.

But in 2018, and on a quest for growth, the company became a managed service provider and hired its first member of staff.

Today Business Guys IT boasts a team of five – soon to be six – which supports a wide range of businesses across Staffordshire and Cheshire with everything from IT support and security to cloud services, Microsoft Office 365 and web hosting.

CEO Benjamin Challinor said: "It was the back end of 2018 when we had a total mindset change and transitioned into a managed service provider.

"We experienced strong growth during 2019, and then covid hit in March 2020 and we have grown exponentially since then.

"We've had a really good year, even better than last year which was our best year ever.

"We tend to work with really ambitious, high-growth businesses and we take a very proactive approach. We work hard and we go the extra mile, and that’s probably why our client retention rate is over 95 per cent."

On the back of a record year, Business Guys IT, which is based on Lymedale Business Park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, is now preparing to make the move into bigger premises in the new year.

Thirty three-year-old Ben – who has already clocked up 17 years experience in the IT industry – added: "We have outgrown our current office so we've taken the leap now and bought a building which should be plenty big enough to accommodate our future growth.

"I'd like to have a team of about 10 employees by the end of next year, but this business hasn't got a glass ceiling so once we've hit that target we will look at getting to 15 employees and outgrowing the next building.

"The next major milestone for us will be hitting the £1 million turnover mark, and I believe that is something that we can realistically do in the next three to five years."

Ben added: "In the past, I've been very guilty of not taking many risks but now our marketing budget has massively increased, we’ve taken on a new sales manager and we’re buying a new building.

"I want to do as much as I can to drive the business forward now and take it to the next level."

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