4Com, the Bournemouth-based provider of leading business telephone systems to UK SMEs, has announced the successful acquisition of Eastern Telephones Limited, commonly known as Eastern Voice and Data.
This acquisition, which was completed on the 4th November, is 4Com’s second in the past 6 months, having acquired Midlands-based Midshire Telecom on the 16th May.
Established in 1992, Eastern Voice and Data have 30 years of experience successfully delivering telecoms services to a variety of private and public sector organisations, predominantly those nearby their Head Office in Norwich, Norfolk.
Gary Scutt, 4Com’s CEO, paid tribute to the company, saying “We talk to a lot of companies as part of our acquisitions process, and from the outset we were impressed with how the team at Eastern have grown their business. As with our acquisition of Midshire Telecom, there is a tremendous amount of opportunity here, and we’re looking forward to welcoming them into the 4Com Group.”
John Pennington, Director at Eastern Voice and Data was keen to thank his team, “We are extremely proud of the reputation that we have forged in the industry. On behalf of the Directors, I’d like to thank our incredibly talented team for their hard work in helping us to reach this point.”
Fellow Eastern Voice and Data Director, Russell Marriott, added, “We’ve been impressed with the diligence, patience and support that 4Com have shown throughout this process. From the outset, they’ve been up-front and honest with us, and supported us as a smaller business to help both parties reach the desired goal.”
Dean Cartledge, 4Com’s Chief Operating Officer, discussed the process around this and other acquisitions at 4Com, “We understand that deciding to sell a business can be an emotional process. The team at Eastern have grown the company from its infancy to its current profitable, well-regarded state, so we were particularly pleased to be able to assist them throughout our discussions to reach a deal that worked for all parties. We believe in being up-front and honest in our communication with potential acquisitions, and that’s been crucial in completing this deal with John, Russell, and the team at Eastern.”
Gary added, “Following on from the successful acquisition of Midshire Telecom in May, we wanted to continue to supplement our growth by acquiring other suitable companies. We are delighted to conclude this deal with Eastern Voice and Data, and we’re keen to talk to other telecoms companies who might be considering either selling their entire business, or part of their customer base.”
For more information on 4Com’s acquisitions process, and to request an informal, private conversation, please visit: https://www.4com.co.uk/acquisitions/
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