Newly-merged workforce shows off its team spirit

KEEP ON RUNNING OneCom staff running around Solent Business Park in Whiteley
KEEP ON RUNNING OneCom staff running around Solent Business Park in Whiteley
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STAFF at a recently-merged company got to know each other with a team bonding fun run.

And as they took part in the sporting event, workers from OneCom also brought in £500 for the Autistic Society.

OneCom, based at the Solent Business Park in Whiteley, was formed when Premier Telecom and Business Phones Direct, which were both already at the business park, joined forces earlier this year.

They pulled on OneCom T-shirts and raced round the business park, raising charity cash from sponsorship at the same time.

The company’s head of customer services, Stu Jeffries, thought the event would be a great way for team members from both companies to meet.

Stu said: ‘It was a team bonding session.

‘It was a good chance, now we’ve merged as OneCom, to get everyone together so they could get to know each other and have a laugh.

‘For those people who were new to running it was a lap of the business park, which is about a mile.

‘Those of us who were runners or a bit more used to it did two laps.

‘But most of all it was a bit of fun and fitness and team bonding.

‘It was a bit of a giggle and we’re already talking about doing it again.’

OneCom is the largest independent provider of mobile voice and data, fixed line, IT and unified communications solutions in the UK and employs more than 300 staff.

As well as its base at Whiteley, OneCom has offices in Camberley, Leeds, Hereford, Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol and Plymouth, and manages more than 150,000 connections.

July’s merger created more than 70 new jobs, giving a combined turnover of £40m, and is the accredited partners of telecommunications giants Vodafone, BlackBerry , Microsoft, HTC and Mitel.

The Hampshire Autistic Society is also based at Solent Business Park.

Once the new staff swell the ranks, it will also employ more than 300 people.

Darren Ridge, chief executive of OneCom, 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.’

Mike Gilmore, the firm’s senior business development manager, said: ‘I’m truly excited by what the future holds for OneCom and our customers. The communications industry continues to evolve at a blistering pace, and this merger puts us in a perfect position to deliver the next generation of products and services, with continued support from our Fareham- based account management team.’