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SWITCHED ON Robert, left, and Mark Hardwick outside the new premises which have opened to the public.     Picture: Sarah Standing (111098-7916)
SWITCHED ON Robert, left, and Mark Hardwick outside the new premises which have opened to the public. Picture: Sarah Standing (111098-7916)
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AN EXPANDING electronics company has moved into new premises after outgrowing three units in four years.

Solent Cables spent those years moving from unit to unit at the Victory Business Centre in Portsmouth.

But now the company, run by business partners Rob and Mark Hardwick, has opened its doors to the public at 104 London Road in North End.

The company also has had another success. On Friday it was given limited company status.

Mark puts the company’s success down, in part, to the help they received from the business centre when they first started out.

He said: ‘We couldn’t have achieved what we’ve achieved without the help of the Victory Business Centre.

‘They gave us the environment we needed to get started and grow to the point where we could move out and expand.

‘When we first moved to the centre in April 2007 we had a 330sq ft unit. Six months later we had outgrown it and had to move to the unit next door which was 670sq ft.

‘Some 15 months later we had to move again, this time to a 1,150sq ft unit. And now we are expanding yet again, which is why we’ve decided to move to London Road.

‘In today’s trading environment, small companies need all the help they can get and I’d urge other firms to consider setting up at a business centre first.’

Alan Lowe, manager of Portsmouth City Council’s business centres, said: ‘We’re always pleased when tenants need to move out because they’ve grown and expanded their business.’