INVESTMENT YEAR
2016
SECTOR
Technology
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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, pursued an ambitious acquisition strategy, 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).

Building the best
  • High Growth Tech Business Award, Thames Valley Tech Awards 2018
  • Tech Leadership Team Award, Thames Valley Tech Awards 2019
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We worked with the business to augment the management team, which has included David Goldie, the former CEO of TalkTalk, joining as chairman.

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Our in-house insight team has supported the business to identify and evaluate a corporate development pipeline. Since investment, the business has completed 10 acquisitions enabling it to expand its customer base and service offering.

Southern Communications timeline

1965 Southern Communications founded
2016 Livingbridge invests
2016 Appoints former CEO of TalkTalk joins as Chairman
2016 Completes five acquisitions
2018 Recognised in Southern Tech 100 2018
2018 Recognised in Comms National Awards 2018
2018 Awarded High Growth Tech Business Award at Thames Valley Tech Awards 2018
2018 Completes five further acquisitions completed
2019 Awarded Tech Leadership Team Award at Thames Valley Tech Awards 2019

Case Study: Southern Communications

We chat to Paul Bradford, CEO at Southern Communications, about how our investment helped support the business’s buy and build strategy and migration from legacy to next generation product.