Unified comms company OneCom has bought fellow Vodafone partner The Communications Centre.
The acquisition of the Gloucestershire-based company brings 7,000 more connections to OneCom, which claims to be the UK’s largest independent business-to-business communications provider.
The Communications Centre, established in 1990, has offices in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud. The acquisition gives OneCom a base in Gloucestershire to complement its offices in Camberley, Leeds, Hereford, Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol, Telford, Plymouth and Norfolk.
OneCom chief executive Darren Ridge (pictured) said: ‘This is a strategic acquisition for OneCom and one which makes excellent business sense.
‘The Communications Centre has 7,000 mobile phone customers and a good base of fixed line customers.
‘It’s a well-run, lean business and is in a new area for us which fits in with our plans to continue to increase OneCom’s geographic spread.”
This acquisition wraps up a year of expansion for OneCom, which was formed by a merger of Premier Telecom and Business Phones Direct during the summer.
Since the merger, which created a company with a turnover in excess of £40million, OneCom has made several acquisitions including purchase of Brighton-based Black Sheep Communications, IT services provider Simplicity4, and Norfolk telecoms firm OneStream.
The company recently appointed Stephen Hunter, formerly a Director of Hampshire Trust Bank, as its chairman. He is tasked with reviewing OneCom’s structures and processes as the company seeks to continue its expansion.