M247 is the UK’s fastest growing connectivity and internet infrastructure provider. Established in Manchester in 2003 as Metronet (UK), it has since grown rapidly, both organically and through transformative acquisitions, to deliver high-speed connectivity and managed services to corporates and SMEs across the Midlands and North of England, with recent expansion into London and Europe. The combined Group, which rebranded as M24Seven in 2017, operates the most advanced hybrid ISP network in the UK. By combining a unique offering of wireless and wired technology, M247 is able to offer connectivity solutions that are typically implemented five times quicker than traditional fibre and copper based services.
Extending reach through acquisitions:
Livingbridge’s £45m secondary buyout supported the business’s transformative acquisition strategy. In 2016 Metronet (UK) acquired M247, a leading internet infrastructure and hosting company, for £47.5m. With operations in Manchester, UK and Bucharest, Romania, the acquisition of M247 allowed Metronet (UK) to offer a combined portfolio of connectivity and content services across the UK and Europe.
In 2017, Livingbridge backed Metronet (UK) in the acquisition of Venus Business Communications, a leading high growth fibre network provider. The acquisition of Venus has enabled Metronet (UK) to target accelerated London growth and provided access to six new strategically important datacentres, so that Metronet (UK)’s network is now connected to 14 of the world’s most important internet exchanges.
The combined Group, which has recently rebranded as M247, operates the most advanced hybrid ISP network in the UK and employs around 250 people across five sites including Manchester, London and Bucharest, supporting almost 34,000 customers across 92 countries.
- Since investment our in-house talent team has worked to strengthen the management team with the appointment of a new CEO and FD, all of whom have worked with Livingbridge previously.
- M247 has been recognised as one of the fastest growing businesses in the UK both in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 2017 and Sunday Times Profit Track 100 2019.
"We have a fantastic longstanding relationship with Livingbridge; our joint ambition and drive has allowed the partnership to go from strength to strength."
Jenny Davies, CEO
Metronet (UK) founded
Livingbridge invest in Metronet (UK)
Metronet (UK) wins BVCA Mid-Market Private Equity backed Management Team of the Year in the North West.
New CIO joins
Acquisition of M247
Acquisition of Venus Business Communications
The combined Group rebrands as M24Seven
Ex CEO of News UK joins as chairman
M247 recognised in Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100
Winner of BVCA's 2019 Business Transformation Management Team of the Year
Winner of Tech Leaders Awards 2019 Business Leader of the Year
Winner of MEN Tech Awards 2019 Best Global Reach
Winner of ISPA 2019 Execustive of the Year
Featured in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100