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Onecom staff support biggest ever Sleep Out to tackle homelessness

November 18, 2016

Onecom staff support biggest ever Sleep Out to tackle homelessness

Staff from leading business communications provider Onecom supported hundreds of people who braved the cold in a huge Sleep Out event to raise money for homeless young people.

Volunteers from Onecom’s Cardiff office were on hand to offer supplies and support as 280 people bedded down at Cardiff City Football Stadium in aid of the leading Welsh charity Llamau, which is dedicated to ending youth homelessness.

Onecom was a key sponsor of the event, described as the largest challenge of its kind ever to take place in Wales. Llamau is a customer of Cardiff-based theWord, now a part of Onecom.

Account director Luke Williams and Platinum Support staff member Rhianwen Phillips were at the stadium from early evening until the early hours of the morning to support those who took part overnight on Thursday, November 10.

Onecom marketing assistant Ellie Swain helped LLamau produce marketing materials and organised “I survived Sleep Out” t-shirts for all those who completed the challenge.

Each person that took part in Sleep Out built their own shelter from cardboard donated from Panasonic Manufacturing, and were challenged to raise £250 each to fund the services that LLamau offers.

Other sponsors for the event were Principality Building Society, Y Prentis and Compass and Cardiff City Football Stadium.

Thanking  all those who participated, Llamau Chief Executive Frances Beecher said, “We can’t believe how popular this year’s Sleepout has proved to be and we have been blown away by the level of support for the event.

“Youth homelessness continues to be a huge problem in our society and Llamau is committed to ending homelessness for good. We are amazed with the people who decided to sleep out overnight to raise money for us!”

Onecom announces acquisition of evolve telecom

August 1, 2016

Leading business communications specialist Onecom has announced it has acquired telecoms provider evolve in a multi-million-pound deal.

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 theWord, 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. One of Onecom’s first commitments will be to significantly invest in the Welsh operation, launching a recruitment drive to double the headcount there.

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.

register multiple fingerprints to your devices

June 23, 2016

register multiple fingerprints to your devices

Fingerprint scanners are becoming available on more and more of our smartphones, tablets and other devices and are now often a must have feature. A secure alternative to a passcode, users can authorise payments and unlock devices all with the touch of a finger…or thumb. But what many people are not of aware of if that you can register up to five digits.

Storing multiple fingerprints on your device makes using the scanner a lot easier. Extra fingerprints can be used to enable you to unlock your device from either hand, use a different finger depending on if your holding your device or if it is on a desk, you can even register somebody else’s prints, this is especially useful for shared devices such as tablets.

Setting this up is quick and easy, just follow the steps below.

For Android

1 | go to settings

2 | select security

3 | fingerprint

4 | follow the instructions on the screen to set up an additional fingerprint

For iOS

1 | go to settings

2 | select Touch ID and Passcode

3 | enter your pin

4 | select add a fingerprint

5 | follow the instructions on the screen to set up an additional fingerprint


stay productive when travelling for business

June 16, 2016

stay productive when travelling for business

Travel a lot for business? This can be a great opportunity to get out of the office, see new places and get inspired for fresh new ideas. But, it can often be exhausting and have a negative impact on productivity, especially if you have lots of catching up to do when you get back to the office. Here’s how you can make travelling for business a little less stressful and a bit more productive.

set up an email auto response

Whilst this may seem like standard practice many people who travel for work forget to set this up. Setting an email auto response will help direct urgent enquiries to office based co-workers who may be able to respond quicker and have the facilities to deal with the enquiry better. This will also reduce the need for you to have to respond to non-urgent emails whilst on the road and prevent you from returning to an inbox full of unanswered emails.

use your travel time wisely

Don’t let the hours of travelling time go to waste. Instead put this time to good use to do the things you may not always have time to do in the office. Read any unread emails and organise your inbox, catch up on reading documents and writing reports.

use productivity apps

Productivity apps are great for business executive on the move. Apps such as TripIt help to keep travel arrangements, hotel and restaurant bookings, schedules and itineraries all in one place.

make the most of collaboration and sharing tools

Cloud based office solutions such as Microsoft Office 365 make it quick and easy to work and collaborate on documents even when out of the office. These tools are accessible from mobile apps as well as laptops making it easier than ever to work on files when travelling for business.

check the facilities in advance

Most places we go to now have access to WiFi, but there’s nothing worse than turning up somewhere to find you have no connectivity and all the documents you need are only accessible via the internet.  Download everything you may need in advance or take a WiFI back up devices such as a MiFi unit with you to ensure your are connected when you need to be.

take a break

Don’t forget to have a time out. After a long day on the road it’s important to remember to have some time to relax too!

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thanks evolve

real people from real businesses talk about why they choose evolve

  • CXG | Suffolk

    CXG have specialised in residential letting and property management in Suffolk since 2007.

    “The support we receive from evolve has been excellent.”


  • Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning | Cambridge

    Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning design, install, service and care for systems in commercial, industrial and individual residential premises across the UK.

    evolve are quite simply the best provider our company deal with. 10/10″


  • Bike It International Ltd | Southampton

    Bike It International are a leading worldwide trade distributor of motorcycle and cycle parts and accessories to trade and retail.

    “I could not be happier with evolve and their services, any problems that we have are always sorted efficiently. 9/10.”


  • LHH Residential | London

    Established in 1986, LHH Residential are property professionals based in Kensington, specialising in residential sales, lettings, management and other property services.

    evolve have been excellent and provided a first class service and on a scale of 1-10 a definite 10. It has been great to have evolve on the other end of the phone or email to resolve all our challenges – all done this with speed and charm.”


  • Aero Seats Ltd | London

    Aero Seat is a major supplier of used aircraft seats, selling predominantly overhauled and certified passenger seats.

    “10/10 superb customer service every time. Whereas before I would dread calling Vodafone to resolve my phone related issues, I know with evolve I can get matters sorted highly efficiently.”


  • SRLV Accountants | London

    SRLV is a medium sized, independent firm of Chartered Accountants and business advisors based in London’s West End with 13 partners and over 100 professional and administrative staff.

    “We have dealt with evolve for a number of years now and I have to say they are amazing to deal with, prompt responses at all times and very helpful in getting things done.”


  • Wilkins Kennedy | nationwide

    Wilkins Kennedy provide a full range of accounting and business advisory services to businesses and individuals across the UK and abroad.

    evolve itself provide a really good service that I cannot fault. 10/10″