GO to any major global sporting event around the world and it is highly like that mobile communication networks are being provided by a company in York.

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global mobile telecommunications provider, and is putting itself forward as a contender in the Exporter of the Year award.

The company’s success is built on providing the very best mobile solutions available anywhere and its team prides itself on being easy to do business with.

Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers, businesses, global media and attendees during events such as the Olympics, Paralympics and Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cups, UEFA Euro Finals, the Tour de France, Wimbledon and Cannes Film Festival.

The company recently provided 7,500 connections at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, generating £1.5 million in revenue, and 13,000 connections at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. The firm, which employs a team of 103, supplied mobile airtime, SIM cards, mobile hotspots and smartphones to customers including media associations such as the BBC, ITV, beIN SPORTS, Fox and TF1.

Cellhire trades with, and exports to many countries around the world, and it has permanent offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.

Looking forward, operations have begun for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where Cellhire looks to replicate the success of previous events.

The company also has plans to set up a permanent base in Qatar, and will use the 2022 World Cup to “springboard” its expansion plans into the Middle East.

Headquartered in York’s Clifton Park, Cellhire is keen to give back to the local community and supports many charities including York Against Cancer and St Leonard’s Hospice.

The company also operates the local phone repair shop FoneFix, based at Foss Islands Road.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world.

The company’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with over 50 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global.