Oliver Flanagan

Burnley telecoms firm to triple turnover

A Burnley-based telecoms specialist is set to triple its turnover after winning a major contract.

Ollycom was founded by Oliver Flanagan in 2016, who worked in the industry after leaving the army. The business designs, plans, installs and maintains telephone and data networks for businesses, government organisations and education institutions across the North West.

Its latest contract is to provide a wireless service for Sir John Thursby Community College in Burnley, which will boost the end-of-year figures.

Turnover last year was £50,000, with that total set to rise to £150,000. The improved performance comes on the back of being advised by Boost Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub’s Growth Support Programme, which helps entrepreneurs develop plans and grow their enterprises.

“My business mentor Nick Roach, at Geminus Training, helps me work on the business, not in it,” said Flanagan. “When things aren’t going according to plan and I’m getting stressed, Nick will play devil’s advocate and ask me what if I did it this way or that way? He gives me things to think about – a bit like homework. He’s a critical friend, which is just what I need.”

Michael Green, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, added: “We’re working hard to grow Lancashire’s economy, which includes successful programmes such as Boost, which has already helped thousands of businesses like Ollycom to find the right support to develop.

“We work in partnership with businesses to help them to find the support they need, and then continue to support their development. So, if you’re based in Lancashire, get in touch with Boost to start your Growth Conversation.”

Original story: Insider Media