Telecom service provider Unicom, which specialises in business-to-business connections has this week filed accounts for FY07 and reported record results with a 19% increase in sales and a 43% rise in profits to the end of April 2007, its eighth trading year.
The Manchester-based business, which has regional headquarters in Birmingham, Ipswich, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent, saw turnover increase from £31.0 million to £37.1 million, with pre-tax profits at £7.6 million compared to £5.2 million to the end of April 2006.
“2007 represents another excellent year of trading; we’ve grown not only in terms of sales and profit, but we’ve also appointed two new directors to the business – Janette Palmer, Customer Relations Director and Tony Eagleton as Financial Director – and been listed in both the Sunday Times Profit and Tech Track top 100 tables,” said Chris Earle, Operations Director, Unicom.
“Forecasts for 2008 are equally positive – we’re expecting turnover to reach £42 million and profits are projected to rise to more than £10 million for the year ending April 2008,” said Chris Earle.
In April this year Unicom was ranked 96th in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 listing, and in September it saw a further ranking of 95th in the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 listing. These follow Unicom’s 2006 listings in both the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 and the Sunday Times Fast Track 100.
“Unicom was one of only three companies nationwide to feature in the Sunday Times Top 100 for both profit growth and turnover growth – which is fantastic. We are the only company in the UK to appear in both tables in both 2007 and 2008. In real terms, this confirms that Unicom is by far the fastest growing telecom company in the UK, and probably the fastest growing of all companies in the UK over recent years.”
Unicom has 70,000 business customers, primarily small or owner-managed businesses with telephone bills of approximately £800 a year. The specialised nature of the telephony and broadband products offered by Unicom provides significant savings for its business users.
“We’ve not actually had a price increase since we started offering our telecom services in 2001,” said Chris Earle.
“We use BT’s infrastructure and network, so beyond the occasional glitches any provider can expect, our service is as robust as they come.
“We concentrate our efforts on improving our customer service to differentiate ourselves in a sector that doesn’t have the best reputation for service.”