Connect Telecom has acquired Bedfordshire-based Assimilated Communications in another £1m+ deal as part of plans to double the size of the business within the next 18 months.
The acquisition, which is the company’s sixth this year, takes its total Vodafone connections across the UK and Ireland to almost 60,000.
The deal also expands the company’s geographical spread and its ability to serve customers right across the UK market with offices in Aberdeen, Dunstable, Glasgow, Carlisle, Manchester and London, in addition to its Belfast headquarters.
All staff including Assimilated Communications Managing Director, Owen Keenan-Lindsey, will transfer to Connect Telecom.
Scott Ritchie, who acquired the business in 2015, said: “Already this year Connect Telecom has purchased Aberdeen-based Coltel, Carlisle-based Nortech and the Vodafone mobile base of a communications company in London amongst others, with all reporting dramatic improvements in customer service and retention rates.
“We also acquired the Vodafone base of a second telecoms company in southern England and this latest acquisition of Assimilated Communications will consolidate that providing us with a more critical mass in the market.
“Connect Telecom has seen 200% growth outside of Northern Ireland with approximately 60% of our business outside the region, our regional offices based in the mainland allow us to deliver an even better service and add further value to our growing customer base.
“2017 sees Connect Telecom celebrate its tenth year in business with our continued growth and success stemming from our unrivalled relationship with Vodafone and the ability of our skilled team. We have a very ambitious growth strategy with opportunities for further acquisition in the coming months, so we are delighted to have Owen and his team on board to assist with these plans.”
Owen Keenan-Lindsey, Managing Director at Assimilated Communications which will now be known as Connect Telecom, said: “The coming together of two strong players in the market ultimately enhances the offering to Vodafone business customers.”
McCartan Turkington Breen acted on behalf of Connect Telecoms in its purchase of Assimilated Communications Ltd.
Aleric Turtle, MTB’s Corporate & Commercial Partner, said “We are delighted to have been Connect Telecoms’ trusted legal advisers in all six of its corporate acquisitions to date this year”.