Daniel O’Mahoney, managing director of Bradley O’Mahoney Public Relations speaks to Kevin Howell, managing director of Howell Technology Group (HTG), about his firm’s growth plans and why it is a champion for local talent.
In a busy corner of South Shields, HTG enjoyed a hot blast of growth this summer, with the arrival of new faces, an expanding client base and larger premises.
Formed in 2005 by husband and wife, Kevin and Sarah Howell, HTG is a go-to organisation for cutting edge digital IT consultancy.
Based at the One Trinity Green workspace, HTG currently employs 11 core staff and anticipates this to increase to 30 by the end of 2018, in addition to having consultants and subcontractors working globally. The growth of the business is linked to the arrival of Graham Wight, who Kevin persuaded to join him in late 2016. The differing skill sets have turbo-charged the business over the last 12 months.
Kevin said: “I have known Graham for many years and the time was right to make an approach. We have achieved a great deal in a short space of time, so it is truly exciting to think where we could be in, say, five years.”
Graham has successfully delivered large multi-million pound ICT programmes of work within both the private and public sectors and has been brought on-board to support Kevin in the day-to-day management of HTG, as well as identifying, tracking and nurturing long term opportunities.
HTG has a very impressive list of customers in UK Government, finance, healthcare, utilities and education.
Kevin, said: “Many businesses call themselves ‘experts’ but they don’t have anything to back up their claim, we do! For example, in the UK just eight people have Citrix technology advocate status and HTG has three of them. There are only 60 in the world. Given the size of our company this is an exceptional achievement and gives us clear differentiation in the market.
“We have also recently become an EMEA allegiance partner for Samsung Electronics, which is a great achievement and complements our other partnerships
“Whilst we work with a lot of international companies, we are extremely proud of our local roots and have recently partnered with South Tyneside Council to create a digital club to develop the IT sector and harness talent in the borough.
“The club, which is hosted at One Trinity Green, will see professionals coming together on a regular basis to learn different topics identified by HTG that are of interest to tech professionals in a wide range of industries.
“It is due to such significant growth that we have brought in Bradley O’Mahoney Public Relations to manage our messaging. On a wider basis, the firm is ensuring our communications programme is based not just on our business strategy but is aligned to our culture and values, something many companies fail to do but which creates confidence and good-will amongst our customers and all those we transact with.”
Bradley O’Mahoney was formed in 1991 and provides integrated communications programmes for clients operating in the manufacturing, construction and high technology sectors.
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