Staff numbers swelling at IT specialist HBP

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 27 Sep 2017

AN EVER-GROWING client base has allowed specialist IT supplier HBP Systems to create six new roles as part of an internal reorganisation, as it considers launching a graduate scheme.

The additions mean the company now employs more than 60 people – the largest number since the firm was founded 26 years ago.

“The people who are joining us will be in roles that allow us to communicate better with our clients,” said Phil Denham, commercial director. 

“We are involved with five times as many projects as we were even a few years ago, and we wanted to gear up our ability to make it easy for clients to work with us.”

Increasing numbers of clients and projects have been a feature of HBP Systems’ activity for years – the last three have all been record breakers, and this one is on track to be the fourth. 

“A number of our account managers have already exceeded our expectations for a full year, and we still have four months to go,” Mr Denham added.

Project work will now have an operations manager in the shape of John Anderton, who moves from his current role as marketing manager to take it on.

The new starters, all of whom are from Scunthorpe, Hull, or Grimsby, are Gary Butler, purchase ledger assistant; Josh Wellham, order processor; Andrew Mawer, IT services support engineer; • Ben Chapill, IT helpdesk engineer and Chris Scrivens, finance assistant.

Also joining the team is apprentice Connor Palfrey.“We were impressed with his attitude, and he’ll be learning to be an installation engineer, Mr Denham said. “We’re hoping that he’ll be the first of a number of new apprentices as we open up more opportunities for them.” 

Of the graduate proposal, he added: “It would be useful for us to have people with more of a financial background, because a great deal of our work is about accounting software and we like our employees to be able to empathise with clients they deal with.

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