TWL Voice and Data has been acquired by national telecoms firm Solar Communications for an undisclosed fee in a deal which sees the business retain its base in Cardiff.
The acquisition does not affect any TWL customers, with the business continuing to offer a high level of support to all of its clients going forward. Managing Director Andrew Nicholson will remain with the business following the acquisition and will provide key support in integrating the teams and product sets.
Mr Nicholson said: “Our team spent the last 14 years building and developing a strong company and service offering and have had the pleasure of working with some great customers.
“The deal has come at a very exciting time for both us and Solar. I can assure all clients that we will continue to deliver first class support along with an expanded product range. With Solar’s strong portfolio and service-led culture, I am convinced that the business will go from strength to strength and all of us at TWL look forward to playing a significant part in the future.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff, customers, partners and advisers that have helped grow TWL to what it is today. I would also like to thank the team at Solar who share the same customer-first ethos as TWL and look forward to the great things we can achieve as part of the wider business.”
A cloud communications provider with offices in Chippenham, Harlow and Manchester, Solar is extending its managed services offering and geographical reach by adding the experience and expertise of Cardiff-based TWL into its portfolio. This latest strategic move will significantly strengthen Solar’s share of the business communications marketplace, and enhance its position as a leading managed service cloud communications provider.
John Whitty CEO of Solar Communications, said: “This latest and exciting addition to the Solar Group follows the successful purchase and thorough integration of our two acquisitions in 2016. The team have demonstrated that they are able to join together new additions to the Group, whilst realising the benefits expected and continuing to maintain excellent customer service. Solar is determined to address the underserved mid-market with innovative and value-enhancing capabilities, both organically and via strategic acquisition.
“TWL is a proven service-focused business with a very strong reputation in serving SMB and mid-market business customers, especially in South Wales. The addition of Solar’s Disruptive Technologies will further enhance this position.
“Solar has spent the last 18 months focusing on enhancing business processes and systems to ensure they can deliver great service, and have the best platforms for continued customer growth, both organically and via acquisition, obtaining formal accreditations including; ISO 20000, 27001 and 14000 in addition to 9001. We have also proven that we are able to purchase and integrate strategic acquisitions quickly and efficiently, allowing us to grow organically by adding additional services and value into the 2,000 strong current customer base, and recruiting new customers with innovative communication solutions.”
Established in 1988, independently-owned Solar Communications has offices in Chippenham, Harlow and Manchester and employs around 90 people. The company has been recognised by the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ for two years running, and was listed as a Best Companies’ ‘one to watch’ in 2017.