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Since 2008 We've Been Delivering A High Quality Service

08Direct is an independent telecommunications company based in Leeds, West Yorkshire which was established in 2008. Over the years the company has grown to become one of the UK’s leading providers of non-geographic numbers and call management solutions.

Specialising in providing 08 and 03 numbers, we work with thousands of businesses across the UK, helping them to maximise their business productivity, increase sales enquiries and even earn revenue through their telephone system. With every number supplied, customers will be provided with an industry leading call management package, helping them to ensure high quality customer service no matter how busy they may be.

Every account is looked after by a dedicated account manager, who will tailor your telephony around your business needs and goals, ensuring that you reap the rewards from all the services we can provide. Speak to a member of our team to find out how we can help your business.

The Management Team

Mahmood Mazhar

Chief Executive

Mahmood is a qualified accountant with over 20 years of business experience in the UK. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and has a wealth of business acumen within the industries of leisure, retail and property; including a previous stake in an international food manufacturing business, being integral to its fortification. Since becoming involved with the telecoms industry his strategic focus and brand development has enhanced Core Telecom’s portfolio and profile.

Paul Turner

Managing Director

Paul is an accountant and has gained extensive senior experience with Compass Group, QMH and Hilton International, as well as developing businesses in the South Asian market over the last ten years. As one of the founding partners of Core, Paul is responsible for setting business parameters and commercial direction.



James Crowther

Sales Director

James started working in the telecoms industry in 1999, and has worked in many aspects of the industry from the distribution channel to reseller partnerships.

Working with the bleeding edge technology of hosted VoIP since 2007, he now heads up our Horizon team as a much more matured technology.


Michael Boyd

Sales Manager

Michael initially worked within the sales department and through a series of promotions  he now manages much our sales activity. Having joined in 2011, he has a wealth of telecoms knowledge and experience and is key member of our team.


Derek Branch

Head of Finance

Derek is one of the companies longest serving members having worked within our finance department for over 10 years. During this time he has also worked within practice developing trusted relationships with a range of private clients. His role at Core includes the preparation of the company’s accounts as well as the management of all out-payments to resellers and rebate customers.

George Cotter

Head of Marketing

George has been part of the Core team since 2012 and manages both our online and offline marketing activities. His role involves marketing both Core Telecom and our niche online brands. Previously he has worked in other highly competitive online markets such as tourism and gaming.


Stuart Depelle

Head of Technology

Stuart is responsible for all our internal IT requirements, including our internal networking and tech support. He is also our portal expert who provides strategic advice as well as assistance to clients using our online portal.

Steven Raith

System Admin

With experience ranging from pre-broadband ISP support, to being at the sharp end of large scale private and public IT installation / maintenance / administration, he has a unique view of systems administration centred around up-time, scalability and maintainability.