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Phil Bird cycling up yet another steep hill (this time a cobbled road in Haworth) during the Tour de Yorkshire Sportive

The first-ever Tour de Yorkshire took in unforgiving terrain from Bridlington to Leeds by way of chilly weather and 1.2 million spectators.

Set over three consecutive days spanning the May Bank Holiday Weekend – and featuring a line-up that included Sir Bradley Wiggins – the contest was organised in the wake of last year’s Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire.

The feat of endurance inspired our Managing Director and keen cyclist Phil Bird to set himself his own Tour de Yorkshire Challenge. On Sunday 3 May 2015 he cycled the 88 miles non-stop of the amateur Sportive that ran alongside the pro event – raising much-needed funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

With donations currently totally £720, monies still pouring in and the ride satisfyingly completed, Phil reflects back on a fantastic experience.

“Like most people I first learned to cycle when I was very young and then pretty much stopped when I learned to drive; but I really got back into road cycling in 2012” says Phil.

“The thing I love most about it is that you get to really experience the countryside and you can make any ride as relaxed or as tough as you like.

‘I ride a Trek Madone 5.2 (for those cycling nerds out there) and try to get out at least a couple of times a week, usually into the Derbyshire hills as I’m a gluton for punishment.

‘I’ve taken on other big challenges in the past such as the London Marathon and cycling from London to Paris but this was definitely one of the toughest.

‘The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Charity is the cause I chose to support because it’s a terrible debilitating illness that can affect anyone, no matter their age, sex or general health… and there’s no cure. I also know two lovely people who are unfortunate enough to have MS so it was great to raise some money for further research.

‘I’d like to thank everyone who donated – especially my friends, family and colleagues at The PC Support Group who have supported me along the way.

‘The ride itself was a lot tougher than I imagined so it was great to make it to the end where thousands of spectators had gathered for the pro race and cheered us amateurs on.

‘I have no idea what my next challenge will be but I’m sure something will come up.”

If you have a cause close to your heart or a challenge you’re taking on, we’d love to hear more about it in the comments field below.

You can also still donate to Phil’s charity appeal at



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That’s the question that The PC Support Group were able to answer when we took part in the recent Green Business Showcase – part of the International Festival for Business.

Our stand is (pictured below) ready to receive the constant stream of visitors who chatted to Regional Director Marc Halstead and Brand Ambassador Pam Case to discover what we are doing to make a difference.

Green Business Showcase - International Festival for BusinessOur entire business structure significantly reduces the need for high levels of travel which in turn massively reduces our carbon emissions.

Our powerful technology sets us apart from in the world of IT Support. It enables us to fix well over 90% of problems remotely so we don’t have to waste fuel travelling to and from customer sites. Not only does this make sense for the environment but our customers get a faster, more efficient and lower cost service!

We also reduce our impact on the environment by storing all information within our sophisticated Customer Relationship Management system, massively reducing our paper usage. This increases our customer service as we can access customer information quickly and efficiently, proving again that being “green” makes business sense.

Visitors to our stand were really impressed that our no-tie-in contracts offer unlimited remote and telephone support.  They were also pleasantly surprised that for a multi-award winning company, our contracts don’t “cost the earth” either!

Wherever possible The PC Support Group also recycles paper, plastic, glass, and cardboard through the local council schemes.

The servers on which we run our internal systems are hosted at Rackspace Datacentre who provide carbon neutral hosting through tree planting. Rackspace is planting between 300-400 trees a month! Other projects from our hosting partners include the utilisation of a data centre, opened in June 2008, that utilises the latest power efficient technology and runs on environmentally friendly energy.  They also use energy efficient Dell AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon servers which have low voltage processors, SFF hard drives and DDR2 memory, meaning they consume less power than prior server models.

All of this ensures that we keep our carbon footprint to a minimum and helps our client’s become more environmentally friendly… without even realising it!

If you have any other ideas of how we can decrease our impact on the environment that we would welcome your ideas. Simply e-mail them to



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Signl, the US based company that monitors the fastest growing companies across more than 500 industries congratulated The PC Support Group this month on achieving a Top 50 ranking for Twitter Followers growth relative to our industry.

Signl2We were featured on their website for performance in Apr 2014 where we had a growth score of 100% for Twitter.

It’s not that surprising since we make a big effort to inform businesses and computer users in general of the issues they may need to know.  If there is news about new and useful technology and IT services, or a virus to protect against – we like to be first to let the public and clients know. We also provide unbiased views on other matters that impact businesses such as cloud versus in-house systems, Bring Your Own Device, remote working, etc and often dispel the myths that surround IT.

Are YOU following us?  It could well be worth your while!  Find us here: @PCSupportGroup.

The Signl report also highlighted that in the past 3 months, The PC Support Group Facebook Business Page following is up 20%.  So, if you’re a Facebook user, come and give us a ‘Like’ because you might learn something to your advantage and we love to engage with people.



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If you’re reading this then there’s a good chance you follow The PC Support Group on Twitter too.

(If not, why not?)

Well, if that’s the case, you’re part of a rather select bunch.

A new report has shown that The PC Support Group is one of the most followed and high quality providing technology companies in Merseyside.

Among the numerous categories for ranking Twitter profiles, The PC Support Group was the third most mentioned and the third top account for number of retweets.

The report, compiled by Online Ventures, has led to a varied and in-depth set of statistics looking at the behaviour of social media users locally.

Many key indicators were used, such as engagement and the quality of tweets, allowing Online Ventures to develop its own ranking system specifically for the purposes of this research.

As well as having one of the most popular technology based Twitter accounts in Merseyside, the report also highlighted a number of other success stories regarding the online presence of The PC Support Group.

If nothing else these findings show what an invaluable resource within the technology industry social media can be, as it allows companies to connect with consumers and clients on a personal level, as well as increasing their brand recognition.

To read the findings of the report in full click here.



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For the 7th year The PC Support Group has been honoured in Nine Lives Media’s annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 501 IT managed service providers (MSPs).

The PC Support Group is one of the few IT Support providers that appeared in this globally recognised list in its inaugural year in 2008 and has appeared regularly since then.

msp501 2014“We are delighted to have been recognised on MSPmentor 501 list again” said Phil Bird, Managing Director, The PC Support Group. “As any business owner/manager knows, providing great service is not easy but to maintain it year after year is even harder. This award recognises that we continue to offer a great service to our customers as well as providing truly pro-active managed services rather than just the traditional break and fix IT support”

“We’ve invested heavily in getting the right people and the right technology to ensure our customers gain real benefits from our IT support services. Large corporations have gained such benefits for many years and it’s great to be bringing these advantages to SMEs.”

The MSPmentor 501 report ( is based on data from MSPmentor’s global online survey, conducted October-December 2013. The MSPmentor 501 report recognizes top managed service providers based on a range of metrics

“MSPmentor congratulates The PC Support Group on this honour,” said Amy Katz, president of Nine Lives Media. “Qualifying for our MSPmentor 501 Global Edition puts The PC Support Group in rare company.”

MSPs on this year’s global 501 list lifted their combined annual recurring revenues $2.61 billion, continuing seven straight years of strong growth. Together, those MSPs now manage more than 700,000 servers, according to Jessica Davis, managing editor, MSPmentor.

If you would like to discuss how The PC Support Group’s world class managed IT support can benefit your business then you can contact us by calling 0845 2233116 or emailing



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John Kilkenny from The PC Support Group will give an insight into the latest developments in the world of IT at next month’s meeting of Stockport Breakfast Club.

20.11.12 Photo credit : Phil TragenSo if you’re cloudy about Cloud Computing or befuddled by BYOD, come along and get some expert advice.

There’ll also be lots of opportunities to network and the chance to take part in a business card draw for a two-minute presentation at September’s breakfast club.

The event takes place on August 8th at the Alma Lodge Hotel in Stockport.

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NCawards2015finalistThe PC Support Group has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Service Provider of the Year title in the Network Computing Awards 2015. The company is one of only 8 to reached the final stages.

The finalists were selected following just over a month of intensive voting by customers of IT service providers.

Phil Bird, Managing Director of The PC Support Group said “We’re delighted to have reached the final of this prestigious award and the fact that it’s based on votes from customers makes it even more special. Providing the best IT support is only possible when you combine excellent technical knowledge with an obsessive approach to great customer service and that’s what we do so well at The PC Support Group. Receiving this accolade so early in 2015 is a great way to start the year and is a culmination of all the hard work everyone in the business put in throughout last year.”

The winner will be announced at a cermony at the Russell Hotel in London on 19th March.



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The PC Support Group has seen a jump in growth in the months April to June 2013. Could this be a further sign of a UK recovery or just a solid business continuing to offer a much needed service?

The group saw a 30Growth Graph0 percent increase in the number of computers on contract in Q2 2013 compared to Q1 2013 which followed a small decrease late in 2012.

The first half of the year has also seen nearly 50 new businesses come on contract and Q2 2013 was 17% up on new contracts compared to Q2 2012.

Philip Bird, Managing Director said “We’re obviously delighted with the growth and although the recovering UK economy helps, I believe this demonstrates that there is no substitute for providing a first class service.”

“All businesses want great service and value for money and that’s exactly what we strive for. We see time and time again that using The PC Support Group for outsourcing IT support offers real benefits and I am sure that this is what is driving our business.”

The group focuses in providing proactive IT support for SMEs and operates from 13 offices around the UK.

If you would like to know more then please contact The PC Support Group by completing the form on the right of this page, emailing us at or call us on 0845 2233116.



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The PC Support Group opens in Leeds with new remote monitoring capabilities to deliver maximum benefit for small businesses

A level of support technology usually only enjoyed by large corporates is being made available to SMEs in Leeds for the first time this week.

The PC Support Group, based on the outskirts of Leeds, will be able to provide proactive system monitoring, normally the preserve of big business, to give small businesses the same competitive advantage.

Phil and David - webRegional Director David Tyrrell, formerly responsible for the UK IT network across 68 offices for leading motor parts distributor Andrew Page, said the availability of the technology was long overdue in the SME marketplace, and that it would make a huge difference.

“We know that the most basic requirement in all businesses is for their IT to work as it should so that they can get on with what they are doing,” said David.

“At The PC Support Group we proactively monitor for potential issues and work on our clients computers even when they appear to be operating perfectly. This keeps their IT system operating efficiently with much fewer failures, which saves people time and money.

The PC Support Group will be targeting small businesses in Leeds who have been frustrated by their IT not delivering what they need. The company will offer a full spectrum of services from fixing a small piece of hardware to the design and implementation of major IT systems.

With over 14 years’ experience of looking after IT  – strategic, technical and project management roles –  David has a lot to offer Yorkshire’s SME sector. “Working in big business has given me a great understanding of what it takes to get consistent performance from an IT system. It’s all about on-going improvements while controlling costs. No business, whatever its size, can afford downtime. My background can help me protect companies from that and build robust systems for growth.”

Leeds will be office number 14 for the ambitious UK network group – started just six years ago – which has successfully married a national vision with locally-based personal service.

If you operate a business in Leeds and would like to speak to David about IT issues or opportunities then see our IT Support Leeds web page or you can contact him by calling 0845 2233116 or emailing



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The PC Support Group has been recognised in Nine Lives Media’s sixth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, a distinguished list identifying the world’s top 501 managed service providers (MSPs).

MSPmentor501-2013“We are honoured to be recognised by MSPmentor”, said Phil Bird, Managing Director, The PC Support Group.  “We believe our ranking highlights the market demand for a complete and affordable range of IT managed services for customers. “

“The PC Support Group are one of the few IT service companies that bring truly proactive support to SME’s, enabling them to make the same savings and gains from their technology as larger businesses. In these tough times any advantage we can bring to our customers can make a big difference.”

The MSPmentor 501 report ( is based on data from MSPmentor’s global online survey conducted October-December 2012. The MSPmentor 501 report recognises top managed service providers based on a range of metrics, including annual managed services revenue growth, revenue per employee, managed services offered and customer devices managed.

“MSPmentor congratulates The PC Support Group on this honour,” said Amy Katz, president of Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton Media. “Qualifying for our MSPmentor 501 Global Edition puts The PC Support Group in rare company.”

MSPs on this year’s global 501 list lifted their combined annual recurring revenues 24.5 percent to $2.54 billion. Together, those MSPs now manage more than 5.6 million PCs and servers, and nearly 400,000 smartphones and tablets, according to Joe Panettieri, editorial director, Nine Lives Media.

If you would like to discuss how The PC Support Group’s world class managed IT support can benefit your business then you can contact us by calling 0845 2233116 or emailing