A YORK IT firm is celebrating a year of success which has seen it double turnover to more than £2 million and recruit 11 new team members.

Based at The Chocolate Works, in Bishopthorpe Road, PowerOn has hit seven-figured sales just three years after it was launched, and now has a total headcount of 27 staff members working in IT automation.

The company was founded in 2015 by experienced IT professionals Phil Mercer and Steve Beaumont, and now provides IT management and cloud automation solutions to organisations of all sizes.

Other highlights for the year include relocating its York headquarters to Stanley Harrison House, which forms part of The Chocolate Works, to complement its offices in Lincolnshire and Surrey.

PowerON also became one of only a few firms in the world to be invited to join Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) Elite Partner Team, and now assists the world’s largest software maker in developing both new and existing products.

Phil Mercer, who is PowerON’s solutions and services director, said: “The last 12 months have been hugely successful and we completely outstripped expectations following notable contract wins across both the public and private sectors.

“In another major development, we’ve recently acquired the intellectual property rights for cloud-based IT infrastructure monitoring product, Tibana from Nubigenus, which we have incorporated into our Pulse Product Suite.

“This will support our continued drive to bring our product business to the fore, with several very innovative subscription based products that we have developed coming to market this year.

“This makes it a very exciting time for us and we’re now planning to create at least eight new jobs over the coming months.”

This year has also seen PowerOn shortlisted for the Small Business of the Year category in the Press Business Awards, which are being held on Thursday at York Racecourse.

The business is up against Cuffs & Co tailors in the Shambles and Acaster Malbis brewery Ainsty Ales.