Onecom owners Darren Ridge and Aaron Brown have invested a six-figure sum in on-the-road device repair service WeFix. Set up by former contestant on Dragon’s Den Oliver Murphy, WeFix is a phone and tablet repair service approved by Samsung.
The company was founded after Murphy secured a £50,000 investment from Dragons’ Den star Kelly Hoppen for his business, Reviveaphone in 2014, selling repair kits for water-damaged phones. The company later bought back Hoppen’s shares as it evolved into a mobile repair service, and Oliver went on to seek further investment to support his ambitious growth plans. Following the new investment, the company has been rebranded WeFix and, with help from its new backers, has already been successful in securing its status as the first Samsung-approved mobile repair service.
Darren Ridge said: “We see huge growth potential in WeFix, and that’s why Aaron and I have made a significant investment both in monetary terms and in terms of the benefit of our contacts and experience in growing businesses. The endorsement from Samsung has been a result of that, and Oliver’s success so far has proved that there is a huge market for WeFix’s services.”
He added: “There isn’t really anything else like it out there. Sorting out a repair for a cracked screen or faulty device can be incredibly frustrating and time-consuming. WeFix solves that problem by going straight to the customer with a fully kitted-out workshop in the van, and fixes it within the hour.
“It’s very easy to use, cost-effective and encourages people to repair rather than replace where possible. That’s why we decided to follow in the footsteps of Dragons’ Den and invest in Oliver. We are very much ‘in’ and excited about the future of WeFix, and particularly its potential to create future employment in the south and nationwide.”
WeFix currently has 10 vans operating around London, Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Exeter, Coventry and Luton, completing around 1,000 repairs a month of Samsung and Apple devices.
Eqaully excited about the business venture, Oliver said: “Darren and Aaron are passionate about mobile devices and growing businesses, and that’s why I felt they were perfect partners to make this investment in the future success and growth of WeFix.”