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Phoenix UK Ltd

Phoenix UK Ltd

Phoenix UK Ltd, winner of this year’s Southeast Business Development Award are set to take on the failing Salter & Sons.

Salter & Sons has been a feature on Porthampton High Street for more than 40 years but has recently fallen on hard times. Craig Salter, the new manager and son of the owner, Tim Salter, is positive the company can be saved.

“We are working with Phoenix UK Ltd in order to bring the company back to what it was when my dad started it. We’ve been here for over 40 years and hopefully will be here for another 40.”

Phoenix have very strong past success in helping turn around the fortunes of failing businesses, their most recent triumph being the specialist mountain bike producers, Spin Cycles.

In the last few years Phoenix they have introduced a radical new programme called the Phoenix Undergraduate Training Programme or PUTP for short.

“We take some of the most talented undergraduate students from the University of Portsmouth and pair them up with a real client. The client benefits from the energy, excitement and creativity of these young people and the students get to learn lots about the practicalities of business through first hand experience with a client. It’s a perfect match!” said Simon Brookes, MD of Phoenix UK Ltd.

And it seems that recent customers of Phoenix would agree. Mike Winters, owner of Spin Cycles said, “I have to admit, I was rather sceptical to begin with. I had no idea how the process would work and was extremely worried that the future of my business was to be left in the hands of, what I considered at the time to be, amateurs. It turns out I could not have been more wrong. The team at Phoenix facilitated and managed all contact with the students and my team. What I loved most of all was the way that the students always had a fresh perspective on things and had fresh ideas.”

Using this same model, Salter & Son’s turnaround will be handled by a new cohort of students on this years PUTP.

No doubt, most Porthampton residents will be hoping that Phoneix UK Ltd and the PUTP students can work their magic again, this time to save one of our most treasured high-street icons. Best of luck teams  – do your best!

Business Correspondent – Brian Collins

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