With some smartphones costing more than £1,000, the global market for second-hand mobile devices is growing fast. This Crewe firm buys used phones, tests their functionality and grades them on cosmetic appearance. It sells about 40,000 Samsung and Apple phones a month to insurance firms, wholesalers and retailers in Europe, helping exports hit £18.2m last year. Industry veterans and brothers Marc and Paul Walters, 48 and 47, and Andrew Dulla, 35, lead the company they founded in 2015.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank65
CompanyPhoenix Cellular
ActivityMobile phone distributor
LocationCrewe
2-yr av intl sales growth pa74.15%
International sales £000s*18,239
Total sales £000s*33,225
Staff64
Founded2015
Websitewww.phoenixcellular.com

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