Private equity fund manager and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trust (VCT) specialist Calculus Capital has invested £3m in Origin Broadband, an award-winning provider of internet and phone services.
Since launch in 2011, Origin has developed its own infrastructure and now has the sixth largest broadband network in the UK based on ‘premises passed’.
The investment by Calculus will allow Origin to hire new staff and will be primarily used to expand its sales team to develop new business across the UK.
John Glencross, Chief Executive of Calculus Capital, said: “The continuing migration of UK households to superfast broadband is driving revenue growth for internet service providers, with Ofcom figures showing company revenues from domestic customers up 18.5% year-on-year to £4.9 billion in 2014. Equally, more and more businesses are moving to cloud computing services. We believe Origin is extremely well-positioned to benefit from this growth.”
Richard Moore, Investment Director, Calculus Capital, said: “Origin places a very high value on customer service, has its own network and is an agile alternative to the unwieldy corporate giants.”
Oliver Bryssau, CEO of Origin Broadband, said: “Our company was born in part out of my own frustration with the poor broadband and service I received at home and we never lose sight of the importance of providing a first-class service.
“Our customers have an account manager as a single point of contact, we can tailor packages to their individual or business needs and we offer UK-based technical support 24/7, 365 days of the year.
“This focus on quality customer service and the highly competitive pricing made possible by having our own infrastructure, represents a very attractive proposition.”
“We look forward to benefiting from the scale up expertise and experience of the Calculus team as we move into an exciting new phase in our continuing growth.”
For further information about Origin Broadband and the services that they provide, please visit: https://www.originbroadband.com.