IT service provider Computerland UK yesterday banked a five per cent rise in profits after business picked up sharply in the second half.
The Nottingham-based firm, which offers a "one stop shop" service to customers, said pretax profits rose from £2.1 million to £2.2 million in the year to April 30.
It marked a significant improvement in the final six months of the year after profits dived 29 per cent in the first half to £800,000.
Computerland said it benefited from new contracts with firms such as Comet, Focus DIY, Heinz and Burberry as well as Nottinghamshire County Council and Warwickshire County Council.
Chairman Graham Gilbert said further new contracts with O2 and British Sugar were in the pipeline.
Mr Gilbert said he was "delighted" with the results which represented the sixth consecutive year of profits growth.
He added: "The new year has started well with trading during May being in line with our expectations.
"During the current year we will benefit from a full year's contribution as a result of contracts won during the course of last year.
"We expect our contracted services revenues to show a further significant increase.
"Although it is too early to predict the outcome for the year as a whole, the board is encouraged by the recent strength of the business and we are optimistic."
The rise in profits last year came as revenues were broadly unchanged, down slightly from £59.5 million to £59.3 million.
Computerland raised its annual dividend by 20 per cent to 6p and announced a special dividend of 20p a share.
Shares closed 15p up at 187.5.