Activ Telecom begins hunt for new staff

Activ Telecom begins hunt for new staff

Activ Telecom is on a major recruitment drive following the sale of its parent group Fone Logistics to Daisy earlier this month.

The Northumberland based telecoms company, which is headed up by former Fone Logistics MD Ian Gillespie and financial director Michael Fitzpatrick, bought Fone Logistics’ 3 business prior to its £3.6m sale to Daisy.

Speaking to Mobile, Fitzpatrick said the new business would be up and running within two months. ‘We are busy putting the infrastructure in place and busy recruiting new staff. In the meantime we have transitional service arrangements in place.’

Fitzpatrick said Activ Telecom is looking for a new sales manager, business development managers, as well as customer service, accounts and finance personnel.

‘We are actively recruiting to fill these roles,’ Fitzpatrick said, adding: ‘We do not have a fixed number in mind. It depends on who we see and the expertise people bring. What we are looking for are people with enthusiasm, energy and a “can do” attitude.’

Fone Logistics’ sales manager Duncan Edwards and marketing director Julian Parven will transfer with Fone Logistics to Daisy Group.
Fitzpatrick said Activ Telecom would focus exclusively on its b2b
business with 3.

‘That is our unique selling point. We have the time and the drive to focus on one network exclusively and we are really excited about that as 3 is clearly a network that is going places.

‘The fact that Apple has made a deal with 3 for the new iPhone 4 is a clear endorsement of their growing status in the marketplace.’

Fitzpatrick said Activ Telecom is planning an onslaught on the b2b market with plans to add further tariffs and services. He said: ‘We are looking forward to helping 3 with its plans to grow its b2b business as a dedicated 3 distribution partner.’

Daisy’s expanding empire posts a loss

Daisy Group’s empire building drive into the communications market has come at a cost. Its latest preliminary results reveal losses of £16.2m for the 15 months ending on 31 March.

Despite this, the group has pledged to carry on buying up companies in the network services, data products, maintenance and mobile
kit arenas.

The pace of the group’s acquisition programme is breathtaking. To date, it has bought over 30 companies, including BNS Telecom in
March this year.

This week it announced yet another purchase, sealing a £4.8m deal to take over Hampshire based broadband service provider MurphX Innovative Solutions.

Announcing the group’s preliminary results, CEO Matthew Riley said further acquisitions would continue, fuelled by the group’s recently acquired £75m banking facility.

However, the tide could turn, with some analysts predicting that Daisy’s acquisition trail could see it snapped up by
an even bigger fish once it achieves scale.

Written by Mobile Today
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