Nick Cohen, founder of PCR, the Glasgow based B2B IT support supplier, has achieved turnover of close to £1m for the first time after growing 35 per cent last year. Nick Cohen, Ambassador in our Glasgow Executive Team, founded PCR as a computer repair business 14 years ago & the company has consistently achieved growth of around 15-20 per cent in the past three years. This is largely the result of its bizanywhere cloud-based service launched in 2015, which offers customers a cash-flow friendly fixed subscription model for support.
Commenting on the recent results, Nick said:
“We may be 14 years old but we think like a start-up, we always have and always will.”
From its base at Speirs Wharf, PCR serves as a remote IT manager for SMEs across the UK, using cloud computing to provide IT support. It says its offer is “jargon-free IT and communication support, maintenance and strategy solutions, whether they’re on-site, cloud or both.”
“Purchasing IT for SMEs can be complex and expensive, bizanywhere was launched to streamline the purchase of everything the company needs for a simple subscription model, avoiding large bills when investing in IT infrastructure.”
Befitting its youthful roots, PCR offers internships to university students and apprenticeship programmes. Cohen is on the board of YES Works (part of Young Enterprise) as part of his “paying it back” approach, and the firm supports programmes such as Developing the Young Workforce, putting team members forward to speak with schools to encourage people to look at career options in the IT industry.
At the age of 13, Nick established his first business, PC Repair, from his bedroom at home. This led to opening two repair centres as the company expanded with the market, before PCR moved to focus solely on providing B2B IT support.
The firm’s achievements have been recognised by Chambers of Commerce, council authorities and nationwide award panels, including Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce in 2012 when Cohen won Young Business Person of the Year.
“Everyone defines success differently, but for me it’s about having the right work/life balance. Mostly, this isn’t material objects, it’s more about being able to travel and build friends and networks in different cities around the world.”