Fareham-based consultancy group, Procurement Services is on the expansion trail. It is to create a sister company based in the US.

It plans to offer the same range of professional services which last year earned the group in the UK over £2 million in revenue. These services include recruitment, training and development and project management.

Said Ray Cobbett, joint managing director: "Three years of working in the US has won us new contracts with a major group of development companies."

Added Dave Hewitt, who will head up the new company, operating from Washington: "It's a very different place to work but our focus on managing cost reduction programmes has helped us win the business over local competitors."

Dave Hewitt and Ray Cobbett, both former IBM North Harbour executives, launched PSL in March 1994 to provide a range of supply management solutions. The company was the result of a management buy-out from IBM. Its customer base in the UK includes leading companies in the financial services, manufacturing, and IT sectors.