Onecom received backing from LDC, following a management buyout led by CEO Ben Dowd.


Onecom: Providing greater bandwidth for success

Management team of leading telecoms provider speeding up growth plans following £100m deal.

  • Technology, Media, Telecoms

Onecom is the UK’s largest independent business telecommunications providers

Deal type
  • Management buyout
Deal value


Onecom is the UK’s largest independent business telecommunications provider.

It manages nearly 100,000 business customers, delivering communication services and unified solutions across fixed-line voice, connectivity and cloud computing to some of the UK’s most dynamic companies. These include Farrow & Ball, Thwaites, Celtic Manor and 118 UK Ltd.

Headquartered in Fareham, Hampshire, it employs 400 people across 10 regional offices and its partners include Samsung, Apple, Gamma, Mitel and Virtual1.

It is a major partner of Vodafone, and in June 2019 Onecom announced a five-year deal together that will be worth up to £600m in revenue.

I am delighted that LDC have backed the Onecom management team to pursue our growth strategy over the next few years. We have worked very closely with LDC over the last few months and they share the same level of ambition as we do.”
Ben Dowd, CEO

Supporting the team’s vision

In 2019 the firm’s ambitious management team, led by CEO Ben Dowd, secured investment from LDC in a £100m deal to allow it to implement its significant growth plans.

Following the deal, Onecom is working to increase the workforce substantially, invest in systems and processes that ready the business for scale, and make acquisitions.

Read our ‘Ask the CEO’ brochure where the CEO of Onecom Ben Dowd gives his reasoning for why he chose private equity investment and his advice to business leaders considering private equity investment.


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