North West IT group expands with Sheffield acquisition

IT and managed network solutions firm, EvolveODM, is expanding after acquiring Sheffield-based mobile telecoms provider, 4G Voice and Data, for an undisclosed sum.

Wigan-based EvolveODM has incorporated 4G Voice and Data under the EvolveODM brand. The deal includes the retention of all 4G voice and Data staff, thanks to the businesses’s complementary service offerings.

The news marks EvolveODM’s second major acquisition in three months, since it bought GB3 from EG Group in November 2022, with the company’s Northern presence now spanning Yorkshire and Lancashire as well as its Greater Manchester HQ.

4G Voice and Data was founded in 2012 and specialises in the B2B mobile telecommunications market working with all major UK mobile networks.

It has been led by the EvolveODM team of directors, including Alan Stephenson-Brown, Ryan Stephenson-Brown and Rob Brown, since 2017.

The 2023 deal formally incorporates the 4G entity within EvolveODM, while maintaining its services, staff and customer base.

EvolveODM’s customers include household name retail, hospitality, leisure, fuel and food-to-go brands such as Robinsons Brewery and Hydes Brewery, and EG Group-supported brands and franchises like KFC, Starbucks, ESSO, BP and Leon.

The business will enter new markets as part of the incorporation, serving 4G’s existing customer base in manufacturing and construction.

Ryan Stephenson-Brown, director at Evolve Business Group, said: “This is a great fit that will allow us to provide a fully galvanised connectivity solution to our customers.

“The team at 4G has been able to achieve some really exciting things, for instance providing mobile solutions at the recent World Cup.

“Combining our offerings means creating a true one-stop-shop here in the North for both UK and international businesses that need a reliable partner for their connectivity solutions. It’s a win-win.”

EvolveODM’s growth plans include increasing its network management footprint from 7,500 locations to 15,000 within the next three years, with a focus on creating local jobs.