Daisy accepts offer from Riley consortium

Daisy Group has recommended a 185p per share cash offer from founder and CEO Matt Riley and private equity investors Toscafund and Penta, valuing the company at 11x historic EBITDA, a full price for a business whose EBITDA actually fell 10% in the first three months of the current financial year.

Excalibur Communications raises over £10,000 for teenage cancer care

Excalibur Communications just missed out on realising its ambition to break a charity Balls world record during an event staged in Swindon which saw 277 people taking part in a fun Swiss ball exercise class, close to the world record set in the US of 348.


Marketing matters

What to consider when going online

By Elvire Gosnold, Director, Blabbermouth Marketing: Everyone agrees that you need an online presence for your business, but what people can't agree on is what exactly you should expect from your website and what portion of your marketing budget you should spend on it.

Company Profile

Stay close to clients says Proximity chief

Building sites were once the stomping ground for Darren Boyce, CEO of Proximity Communications, so it's no surprise that he's laid firm foundations for one of the comms industry's highest risers.

Business Interview

Oak set to Evolve into mid-market

After three decades in the channel Oak has positioned itself as the prominent provider of call logging and call recording solutions for resellers serving SME customers, but the company is now expanding into the mid-market with what Joint CEO Philip Reynolds describes as ‘the big one'.

Market Review

New thinking required for cloud security

Businesses are still stuck on ‘old world' thinking when addressing security issues. Cloud is different, it requires a seamless approach to security and risk management that understands and manages the new virtual perimeter, according to Garry Sidaway, Global Director for Security Strategy, NTT Com Security (formerly known as Integralis).

Business in Focus

Desktops going virtual

Graham Harris, Product Director for Cloud at Daisy Wholesale, discusses the newly Christened Age of Virtual Hosted Desktops, why the BYOD market will be blown wide open and why now is the perfect time for resellers to capitalise on cloud-based opportunities.

Company in Focus

A woman of purpose

Since taking the helm as Managing Director of Cheltenham-based Total in May this year Lorrin White has not only put the company on a new strategic path, she has introduced fresh perspectives and a sense of determination that filters through to all levels of the business.

Case Study

Big Yellow Excells in UC

Here we look at how Toshiba reseller partner Excell upgrades and manages self storage company Big Yellow Group's extensive comms infrastructure.

Business Profile

Marsden sets new hosted standard

MyPhones.com Managing Director Dr Stuart Marsden has forged a course that nudges the boundaries of what's technically possible, and his latest triumph could set a new standard for hosted comms platforms.

News Feature

Chen upbeat post-MBO

In February 2014 wholesale comms provider Entanet received an initial investment boost to the tune of £6 million from mid-market equity investor Mobeus Equity Partners to support the £14 million management buyout led by new CEO Elsa Chen. Here, Chen provides an update on developments so far.

Recruitment Focus

You need charismatic sales people, not bumblebees!

As the end of a recruitment year draws near, employers always start to fret about who will be in their sales line up for January.

M2M Matters

UK retailers miss out on £12 billion of potential sales

By Claire Darley, Head of Indirect Sales, O2: UK retailers are missing out on £12 billion of potential sales by failing to engage consumers through digital channels.

Technology News

Poll

Special Feature

Life and times of a comms entrepreneur

Outsourcery Co-CEO and TV Dragons' Den investor Piers Linney needs no introduction. Not so well known however are some of the key determining factors that have influenced his career and personal development. Here, we reveal the life experiences and character forming lessons that helped make the man.

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