Pete Tomlinson, CEO at Windsor Telecom said, “With five generations now working side by side for the first time and the rapid adoption of new tech, we’re delighted these steps will allow us to do even more to help our customers quickly take advantage of the rapidly converging worlds of software, communications and IT services.
“Keen IT is our first acquisition and they were an obvious choice because they share the same values and culture of customer service as we do, while their technical skills in managed IT services complement our existing capabilities perfectly. We’re delighted to welcome the Keen IT customers and colleagues to the Windsor team.”
Phil Keen, Founder at Keen IT added, “I’ve known Windsor Telecom for a long time and now felt the perfect moment to join forces with a company of their scale and expertise. I can’t wait to merge our skills for the benefit of our joint customers.” Phil will join Windsor in a newly created role as Head of Technology.
The funding package is provided by ThinCats; Dave Sherrington, their Regional Head of Sales commented, “The IT & communications industry has never been more important than it is today, providing solutions and services that are vital to keeping businesses running. As a fast growing and flexible lender, we love backing successful and ambitious management teams, so it’s great to be able to help Windsor scale their vision of making technology easy and enjoyable.”
Windsor was advised by Acuity Advisors working in partnership with Altenburg Advisory on this transaction. Acuity Partner Marcus Allchurch commented, “Windsor is a great example of the growing group of mid-market tech businesses becoming the driving force of growth in the UK economy. Windsor is now brilliantly positioned to execute on its organic and inorganic growth strategy, and I’m delighted to have advised the team on this transaction. Dan Barrett, Managing Director at Altenburg added “It was a pleasure working with Windsor and Acuity on this transaction. The tailored funding package from Thincats gives Windsor the headroom to grow organically as well as providing certainty of further funding for future acquisitions.”
Pete Tomlinson, CEO at Windsor Telecom commented:
“Successfully completing this funding package marks a significant milestone for Windsor. Working with Acuity Advisors made the process straightforward from end-to-end, and their guidance and expertise was invaluable in helping us secure the funds. We’re now looking forward to integrating our first acquisition and continuing on our mission to make technology easy and enjoyable for businesses of all sizes.”
Marcus Allchurch, Partner at Acuity Advisors commented:
“I am delighted to have supported Windsor Telecom to execute this transaction which will enable their highly respected CEO, Pete Tomlinson, and his team to embark on an exciting growth journey over the coming years. The telecoms market is going through a once-in-a-generation evolution, and Windsor now has the team, strategy and capital to ensure its success.”
Richard Baker, Supporting Partner at Acuity Advisors commented:
“An excellent result for Windsor Telecom – a transaction that highlights Acuity Advisors’ expertise within the telecoms market, and our ability to convey value propositions which mean good deals can get done even in challenging markets. Our experienced debt advisory team ensures that both technology businesses and investors continue to achieve their strategic ambitions.”
About Windsor Telecom
Windsor Telecom believes that technology should be easy and enjoyable. So, we provide straightforward communication, connectivity and IT services to help businesses of all sizes collaborate with their colleagues and customers.
Our talented people are focused on listening to and understanding our customers so we’re able to care about and help grow their businesses, delivering a brilliant service through trusted, long-standing relationships. www.windsor-telecom.co.uk
ThinCats is an established alternative lender dedicated to funding SMEs with business loans from £1m up to £15m using pioneering data, personal relationships and a pragmatic lending process. ThinCats’ progressive approach has already enabled SMEs to borrow more than £650m. www.thincats.com
ThinCats is the trading name of a group of companies owned by ESF Capital Limited.