11/26/2015 1:31:45 PM
Chess Partner Services: ‘strong BT/EE relations’ will not change after merger
Chess Partner Services has told Mobile the pending BT/EE merger will have no effect on its relationships with the two firms.
It was previously believed that b2b distributors, such as Chess, would be affected by the merger after job cuts to EE’s indirect team sent shockwaves through the channel last year.
Speaking to Mobile at the time, a source claimed that EE was looking to restructure its indirect channel, keeping only Midland and Mainline as its key distributors.
Pre-emptive merger outcome
However newly appointed MD of Chess Partner Services, John Pett has refuted that these claims will have any effect on the business now that BT’s takeover of EE has been granted provisional approval by the Competition and Markets Authority.
He said: ‘I don’t see that the merger will affect our relationships and we have a strong relationship with EE and BT. The industry is being pre-emptive as to what will come of the merger and we don’t know what will happen. My concern is what we do as a business and the merger means BT and EE will be better placed in terms of what they want to do with their business.’