ONECOM ENTERS NORTHERN IRELAND MARKET
The UK’s largest independent telecommunications provider, Onecom, has today entered the Northern Ireland market by opening a new regional office in Belfast.
Headquartered near Fareham in Hampshire, Onecom operates from 12 regional offices throughout the UK and employs more than 400 staff.
The company is Vodafone UK’s largest enterprise partner, managing more than 325,000 mobile connections and delivering communication services including fixed line, mobile, broadband and cloud computing to some of the UK’s most dynamic companies.
Onecom is making an investment of more than £5m in its Northern Ireland operation and expects to employ 30 people in Belfast within five years.
Based in Arthur Street in central Belfast, Onecom’s local team will be led by Paul Lawther, Head of Mobile Sales for NI, alongside business development managers Stuart Lunn, Mark Fraser and Darren Brown. All are enterprise communications specialists with extensive experience of the Northern Ireland market.
Onecom Sales Director Jason Waterworth said: “Onecom has achieved significant growth by investing in our people and processes, and by delivering great customer service. We are committing to Belfast for the long term, with the aim of being the largest and fastest growing independent provider of communications in Northern Ireland.”
He added: “Northern Ireland is a market with a great history of entrepreneurs building high quality businesses, it continues to attract high levels of investment from international companies and it has an unrivalled talent pool, all of which makes it very attractive for Onecom’s future growth plans.”
Onecom aims to provide innovative solutions to businesses in Northern Ireland that offer a simple way of bringing together mobile, fixed line, data and IT services as one integrated, cost-effective “total communications” package, helping them to achieve greater productivity and efficiency and a better experience for their customers.
Paul Lawther, Head of Mobile Sales for NI, said: “Onecom offers resource and knowhow underpinned by a wealth of experience amassed over decades. No other independent enterprise telecoms provider can claim the same.
“Marrying Onecom’s expertise with the local knowledge of our Belfast team, I believe we can bring real, tangible value and genuine innovation to businesses in Northern Ireland. Onecom really is the new name in business telecoms in Northern Ireland.”
ONECOM OFFERS FREE FIBRE BROADBAND INSTALLATION TO COVENTRY BUSINESSES
Leading total communications provider Onecom has now begun the task of lighting up Coventry with super-superfast broadband.
With something for Coventry businesses of every size, Onecom’s portfolio of broadband technologies is second to none, ranging from industry standard ADSL to 1000 Mbps pure fibre connectivity.
As with all things ‘enterprise’, broadband for business demands much, much more than consumer-grade connectivity can ever deliver, offering superior reliability, robustness, latency and security.
Now, Coventry businesses have the luxury of being able to deploy the best connectivity solution for today, safe in the knowldege that when the time comes for better broadband they can upgrade quickly and easily, with little or no interruption to service.
Darren Ridge (pictured), Onecom CEO, said: “There is an increasing need for ever-faster, more resilient connectivity, allowing businesses to improve productivity giving them a discernible edge over their competitors.
Built-for-business broadband works perfectly in tandem with Onecom’s industry-leading mobile, fixed line, cloud and IT services. Great connectivity is absolutely the key.”
For a limited time Onecom is offering free installation worth up to £2,000 to Coventry businesses connecting Metro GiG 500, Metro GiG 1000 and Metrozone products. See offer here.
Onecom will be lighting up other UK towns and cities very soon.
Onecom to get the party started at star-studded Life After Stroke Awards
Onecom is sponsoring the champagne reception and after party at the 2016 Life After Stroke Awards which honour the achievements of stroke survivors, their families, their carers and supporters across the UK.
Onecom’s support will ensure the evening goes with a swing for the 360 guests expected to attend the ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London’s Park Lane on Wednesday, November 16.
The company joins prestigious names such as Toni&Guy, Next, Vision Express and Royal Mail in the line-up of event sponsors.
Darren Ridge (pictured), CEO of Onecom, said: “We are proud to count the Stroke Association as a customer and to support the incredible work the charity does with people who are coping with often devastating consequences in the aftermath of a stroke.
“Each year the Life After Stroke Awards uncover inspiring stories of incredible courage, and we are delighted to be able to demonstrate our commitment to this worthy cause by sponsoring the champagne reception and after party for this year’s event.”
Dominic Brand, Director of Marketing and External Affairs at the Stroke Association, said: “Every year, our Life After Stroke Awards celebrate the outstanding compassion and unfailing commitment of stroke survivors, individuals, groups and organisations that help to rebuild lives after the devastating impact of stroke.
“From amazing volunteers, carers and stroke survivors themselves, to organisations who fundraise on our behalf, and health professionals who make stroke recovery possible, we recognise these extraordinary stories of determination to conquer stroke.
“We’re thrilled to have the support of Onecom for our 2016 Life After Stroke Awards. Through their generosity, we’re planning a very special event that will put our Life After Stroke Award winners in the spotlight.”
For more information about the Life After Stroke Awards and its sponsors, visit the Stroke Association website.
Onecom named as exceptional business by judges of leading UK award
Onecom has been named as one of the UK’s exceptional businesses by judges of one of the UK’s most established and respected awards.
The company, the UK’s leading independent provider of business to business communications solutions, has been announced as a finalist in the Amazon Growing Business Awards in the category of Growing Business of the Year: Larger Company.
The category honours businesses with a turnover of £50m+ which have shown outstanding entrepreneurship and growth throughout the year.
Onecom is named in the category alongside well-known businesses including Notonthehighstreet.com and The Office Group.
The shortlisting comes during a year of huge expansion for Onecom, which is on target to turn over £100m by the end of the year, and recently acquired fellow Vodafone partner Evolve in a deal which added £7m in earnings in the first year.
Onecom CEO Darren Ridge (pictured), said: “At Onecom we pride ourselves on our position as a rapidly growing, forward thinking business which always puts its customers first. Our entry for these awards demonstrated this commitment as well as the success of the business.
“Reaching the final stages of this prestigious awards programme is recognition of Onecom’s position as a leader not only in the telecommunications industry, but also as part of the wider success story of British business.”
The winners of the Growing Business Awards 2016 Awards will be announced at a ceremony at The Brewery, London, on November 30.
It is expected that some of the UK’s most celebrated business leaders will be in attendance –past guests have included Bill Gates, Gordon Brown and Stelios Haji-Ionnou.
Onecom, based in Whiteley, Hampshire, is Vodafone’s key UK partner for business communications and manages more than 300,000 connections.
It is also a trailblazer in the field of unified communications, offering packages which bring mobile and fixed line voice and data services together with super-fast broadband, enabling businesses to maximise their potential through the use of cloud services and video conferencing.
Onecom has offices in London, Southampton, Plymouth, Leeds, Telford, Norwich, Brighton, Cambridge, Shoeburyness and Cardiff.
For more information about the Amazon Growing Business Awards, visit http://gba.realbusiness.co.uk/
To find out more about Onecom’s market-leading products and services, see www.staging.onecom.co.uk
Onecom acquires Vodafone’s 3rd largest UK partner, Evolve Telecom
The deal, finalised on Friday (July 29), is expected to bring Onecom an additional £7m of earnings before tax and deductions (EBITDA) in the first 12 months.
Onecom will take over Evolve’s operations in London, Cambridge and Shoeburyness, along with Cardiff-based The Word, which is owned by Evolve and will become Onecom’s first office in Wales.
Onecom and Evolve are two of Vodafone UK’s largest business to business partners within the Vodafone Partner Programme. Evolve, with an annual turnover of around £20m a year, is Vodafone UK’s third-largest partner, while Onecom, which currently turns over £60m a year, is the largest. Vodafone has no equity interest in either company.
The strategic acquisition, one of the most significant in Onecom’s history, consolidates the company’s position as the UK’s leading independent business telecommunications provider. It also enables further investment in its Total Communications drive, which sees mobile, fixed line, data and IT services offered to businesses as one integrated, cost-effective package.
The deal will instantly add around 100 staff to Onecom’s existing 350-strong workforce, and 65,000 UK Vodafone business connections to its portfolio of accounts – taking the company’s total number to well over 300,000.
All Evolve and The Word offices will adopt Onecom branding and customer service systems as soon as is practical.
It is anticipated that as well as the recruitment drive in Wales, the deal will also create a significant number of new positions at Onecom’s offices throughout the UK.
Darren Ridge, Onecom CEO, said “This is a very significant acquisition for Onecom as we continue to grow our position as the UK’s leading independent business communications provider.
“Evolve’s customer-focused approach, expertise in unified communications and commitment to providing innovative solutions for businesses of all sizes perfectly reflect Onecom’s own strategy and values. Evolve is an extremely successful operation that will continue to blossom and grow under the Onecom brand.”
Nick Birtwistle, Director of Partnerships and Alliances at Vodafone UK, said: “This deal between two key Vodafone UK partners is exciting news for our channel and our customers.
“Both Onecom and Evolve have been a part of the Vodafone Partner Programme since its inception, and have led the field in expanding their capabilities to meet our customers’ ever- changing needs.
“This move will see them grow even further in strength, continuing to lead the Total Communications revolution.”
The acquisition comes during a busy year for Onecom, which recently invested £1m in a new distribution centre in Hampshire as part of its commitment to providing efficient, speedy service to its customers.
Earlier this month, the company won a top Vodafone UK partner award when it was named as Vodafone UK’s Total Communications Partner 2016. Onecom has also launched a recruitment drive, having created 30 new positions at its offices in Telford, Shropshire.
Alongside its Whiteley headquarters and the new locations acquired through the Evolve acquisition, Onecom has offices in London, Southampton, Plymouth, Leeds, Telford, Norwich and Brighton.