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October 20, 1997updated 03 Sep 2016 11:27am

MARTIN DAWES PLANS COMPUTER-TELEPHONY SHOPS IN THE UK

By CBR Staff Writer

Warrington, UK based communications company Martin Dawes Holdings Plc, is planning a new chain of retail stores focusing on the convergence of telephony and computing. The stores will sell customers packages of high tech products, rental televisions, mobile and fixed telephony services and internet access, all supplied under a single bill. The company argues that consumers will be able to go to one place for their communications and technology needs, getting support and services from one company. The 1m pound superstore and branding venture called ‘Breathe’, starts off with the first of a planned chain of 35 UK shops opening later this month in Leeds. The stores and services are to be run as a joint venture between the two subsidiaries of privately owned Martin Dawes Holdings, the mobile telephony arm and TV rental arm, and have the fixed line telecoms services supplied by Manchester local telecommunications company Opal Telecom Ltd. Martin Dawes Telecommunications is 20% owned by the Vodafone Group Plc, and 80% owned by Martin Dawes Holdings Plc. The sister TV rental company, Martin Dawes Ltd, is wholly owned by Martin Dawes Holdings. The parent company generates around 300m pounds in revenues a year, and is owned by a group of private shareholders and France Telecom SA.

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