A YOUNG Dorset entrepreneur has clinched a major investment deal with one of the UK’s largest IT providers.

Cas Paton, 28, has created Bournemouth-based OnCommerce Ltd, which is launching an online marketplace called OnBuy in June.

The firm was born earlier this year and has already attracted the attention and investment of one of the south’s most prominent businessmen, Rafi Razzak, the owner of Basingstoke-based Centerprise International.

Centerprise International is a distributor of computer components and peripherals.

It was founded in 1983 by electronics engineer Razzak – who is also chairman of Basingstoke Town FC – and has since grown to become the UK’s number one distributor for Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba and ATI.

Cas said: “The value and experience, product reach and support services that Centerprise International offer are going to be fundamental to the success of OnBuy.

“Centerprise International has been trading for 30 years, working closely with some of the largest IT companies in the world.

“After a few initial meetings with them, we knew that we had the right partner.”

OnBuy is being launched and will take on the big boys of the world – Amazon and eBay.

Garry Stevens, Group CEO of Centerprise International, said: “We see OnBuy becoming part of the way that people buy online, setting new standards in reach and choice.

“Setting the benchmark out in front is the only game in town when there is so much choice on the web.

“The first thing that attracted us to work with Cas and the team on the project was the focus and enthusiasm they have for it.

“For us, we are always looking for great people to back and we are happy that we can form a long and mutually productive future alliance together.”

Cas started his other business, web development agency OnTop Media, in 2008 with just £80 in his pocket He added: “I’m so delighted with how far my businesses have come. In these tough times, it just goes to show that if you set your mind to something, you really can achieve it.

“For anyone thinking of starting a business, my only advice is to take your time, plan it out, and keep evolving your plan; then when your plan inspires you, go for it.”