Internet provider with a super quick turnover increase

Heather MacDonald, of sponsor The Sheffield College, with young business person winner Oliver Bryssau at the Sheffield Business Awards.
Heather MacDonald, of sponsor The Sheffield College, with young business person winner Oliver Bryssau at the Sheffield Business Awards.
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Oliver Bryssau founded South Yorkshire-based Internet Service Provider Origin Broadband in 2011, while studying for a computer science degree.

His aim was to provide super-fast fibre broadband services to business and residential customers in Barnsley, Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham.

The company initially resold services on the new Digital Region fibre optic broadband network through another ISP, giving it instant access to a consumer broadband product with minimal investment.

However, that meant the cost of Origin’s retail products were 150 per cent higher than mainstream suppliers, making it essential that the quality of the service it offered differentiated it from cheaper suppliers.

Within months of Oliver forming the company, it had hundreds of business and residential customers across South Yorkshire and it has continued to grow, with turnover increasing by 536 per cent during the last year.

By the summer of 2012, Origin had become larger than the customer whose connections it resold and was able to ‘buy’ its customer subscriptions back from the firm, which was also a competitor.

Now the company is taking the next step by developing a data centre operation under a subsidiary called Origin Broadband Business, which will allow it to offer the services local companies want to add to their existing broadband connection.