This Manchester internet service provider was founded in 2003 and supplies wireless internet and other connectivity services to customers such as Intu, AO.com and Laing O’Rourke. Backed by private equity firm Livingbridge, which invested in 2014, it acquired internet infrastructure firm M247 for £47.5m last October. This was followed by the purchase of fibre network provider Venus Business Communications in March for an undisclosed sum to help it launch into the London market. The enlarged group operates from six sites across Europe and has almost 34,000 customers in 94 countries. Sales hit £33.6m this year under chief executive Lee Perkins, 44. In May the business changed its name from Metronet (UK) to M24Seven and hired Mike Darcey, 52, former chief executive of News UK, as chairman.
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