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Premier Telecom and BPD merge to form OneCom

Paul Withers
July 1, 2013

Leading Vodafone platinum partner and business telecoms provider come together to establish a £40 million turnover company and the creation of 70 new jobs

Premier Telecom and Business Phones Direct (BPD) have merged to form OneCom.

The establishment of OneCom establishes a company with a turnover of more than £40 million and the creation of 70 new jobs, taking total staff numbers to nearly 300 people.

OneCom has six offices spread throughout the UK. Its head office is based in Fareham, Hampshire, with regional offices in Leeds, Hereford, Camberley in Surrey, Southampton and Plymouth.

Premier Telecom, which has won Vodafone’s ‘Platinum Partner of the Year’ award for the past two years, manages more than 150,000 mobile connections with customers including London Transport, NHS and B&Q.

It has also featured in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for the past two years, which ranks Britain’s private technology companies with the fastest growing sales.

BPD, which was located alongside Premier Telecom in Fareham, trades with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) throughout the UK, providing them with mobile phones and fixed line services. Its managing director, Aaron Brown (pictured left) now becomes OneCom’s chief operating officer.

OneCom CEO Darren Ridge (pictured right), who owned both Premier Telecom and BPD, said: “We are in the throes of a communications revolution. The massive advances in communications technology have created demand for an intelligent and converged approach for all businesses, SMEs and corporates. It is this demand which has been so exciting for both Premier Telecom and BPD in recent years – this move will ensure we can continue to respond to it.

“The new combined portfolio of OneCom will offer the most advanced solutions to allow businesses of all shapes and sizes to capitalise on converged communications with enhanced capability including Cloud technology, cross platform device management software, electronic forms and tracking and information management software.”

Ridge added the company’s commitment to customer service, as well as its five UK regional offices, will enable OneCom to offer a standard of service only usually provided by small businesses.

“Customer service is at the heart of a business such as ours. We will retain our local focus through our regional offices. This allows us to offer a level of ongoing support and pro-active account management normally only delivered by smaller businesses. This commitment to customer service will be complemented though by the competitiveness and buying power of a business with a multi-million pound turnover.

“The plan now is to continue with our historic service offering delivering quality and value for mobile, tablet and internet and also continue to expand the device management integrated elements of the business with a focus on consultancy and innovation.”

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