Belfast Telegraph

Expanding telecoms company makes latest connection with sixth purchase of the year

By Staff Reporter

A Northern Ireland business telecoms firm has announced its sixth acquisition this year as it snapped up an English company for over £1m.

Connect Telecom has bought over Assimilated Communications in Bedfordshire and plans to double the size of the business within the next 18 months.

Connect Telecom now has nearly 60,000 Vodafone connections around the UK.

It has offices in Aberdeen, Dunstable, Glasgow, Carlisle, Manchester and London, in addition to its Belfast headquarters.

All staff at Assimilated Communications, including managing director Owen Keenan-Lindsey, will transfer to Connect Telecom.

Connect owner Scott Ritchie - who bought the firm two years ago - 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."

He said Connect Telecom's business had doubled outside Northern Ireland with its office network around the UK enabling it to deliver a better service.

Mr Ritchie added: "2017 sees Connect Telecom celebrate its 10th year in business with our continued growth and success stemming from our unrivalled relationship with Vodafone and the ability of our skilled team."

Belfast Telegraph

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