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B2B telecoms business

Southern Communications is one of the UK’s oldest telecoms firms, tracing its roots back to 1965. Today, it provides SMEs across the UK with a range of services including fixed-line, data, mobile and cloud-based services alongside sale, installation and maintenance of telephone systems.

Southern Communications has, over recent years, completed the acquisition of eight businesses, transforming itself into one of the UK’s largest providers of business-to-business telecoms services with a turnover of over £30 million, over 6,600 business customers and a workforce of over 160 employees operating from four locations in the UK (as of June 2016).

Livingbridge’s investment is supporting the management team to help grow the customer base, introduce new product lines and services and make acquisitions. Following the investment the former CEO of TalkTalk joined as chairman.

 

“I feel like we have secured the perfect team to drive our ongoing development. This investment will provide us with significant firepower to acquire complementary businesses as we seek to build on the strong momentum we have generated and move towards our stated aim of doubling in size over the next three to five years.”

Paul Bradford, CEO

 

Timeline 

1965

Southern Communications established

2002

Paul Bradford leads a management buyout of the firm

2016

Livingbridge invest in Southern Communications

Former CEO of TalkTalk joins as Chairman