Business communications and technology solutions provider swcomms is pleased to announce the acquisition of neighbouring ICT business, Taurus Clearer Communication.
Taurus has been trading in Exeter and south west region since 1984 led by managing director Jonathan Sawyer. The merger of the two businesses will serve to extend their technical expertise and product portfolios.
Taurus’s current owners Jonathan and Jan Sawyer will step down and hand over the management to director Richard Whybra, who has been operationally running the company in recent years.
Brian Lodge, managing director of swcomms, said: “Taurus and swcomms have been working in the south west for many years and have a healthy respect for each other’s businesses. While there are areas where we compete, there are many sectors where we don’t and this will create opportunities for us to complement one another and become an even more formidable force in the region.
“Taurus has a great reputation for delivering a high quality suite of products, many of which fit perfectly with the aspirations of where swcomms want to be. We currently outsource some of these to third parties, so by bringing them in-house and offering them to our customer base, we will create opportunity for both businesses. Likewise, there are solutions thatswcomms deliver that will now be available to Taurus customers, so the beneficiaries to this partnership will primarily be all our clients.
Taurus employs more than 30 members of staff and is located in offices on the same industrial estate as swcomms.
Mr Lodge add: “Both companies have a similar ethos in providing first-class customer service while maintaining a personal touch and, most importantly, making sure we all have fun while we deliver it. Bringing together two of the strongest and highly regarded companies in the south west will not only allow for considerable growth and opportunity, but will also secure a bright future for everyone involved.”
Taurus’s technical director Mr Whybra said: “We see this as an excellent opportunity to work with a fellow Exeter ICT and communications business, to grow together and to share our expertise. I am very excited for the future and the solutions we can provide to both our local customers and those that are further afield.”
swcomms and Taurus are now both part of the UK-wide Focus Group; a £120 million business with more than 650 employees and 25,000 customers across eight locations. Focus Group acquired swcomms in February to further develop its presence across the UK, and the acquisition of Taurus is evidence of its continued investment into the region.
Focus Group’s joint managing director Ralph Gilbert (pictured at top) said: “Our mergers and acquisitions strategy is based on creating a strong regional presence across the UK and investing into our acquired businesses by backing successful management teams with access to funding, a large portfolio of UC products and the economies of scale we can bring. We are delighted to bring Taurus on board.”
For more information about swcomms, Taurus Clearer Communication and Focus Group:
swcomms was established in 1983 in Exeter as a business telecoms provider. Since then, they have vastly expanded, now providing the latest technology solutions for all business sizes in the south west of the UK.
They deliver voice, connectivity, data, cloud and a full range of other technology products and services to more than 2,500 customers. Putting their customer interests first, they have created a number of long-term relationships.
With an experienced team of 100 employees, they work together to enrich their customers’ businesses to achieve successful collaboration and productivity.
swcomms became part of the Focus Group in February 2021.
Taurus Clearer Communication Ltd is an Exeter-based ICT company that began trading in 1984 to provide fully convergent IT, telecoms and cloud network for businesses, schools and charities, supported by a highly qualified team.
Taurus product portfolio includes IT hardware and software, connectivity, cloud, hosting, security, backup and telecoms solutions, mobile and support, coupled with clear, straightforward advice and smart, easy-to-use technology, packed with features, to help their customers get more from their operations.
Focus Group, founded more than 15 years ago as a leading information, communications and technology provider to organisations, is synonymous with great service and excellent product offering. With their vision to connect customers, people and communities at the heart of what they do, they deliver innovative technology solutions to create a positive impact for their customers.
With a team of more than 650 experts who are passionate in what they do, they provide more than 25,000 customers a hassle-free experience to improve their organisation capabilities. Offering an extensive range of the latest technology solutions across voice, IT, cyber, connectivity, mobile and energy, Focus Group can deliver the highest level of products and support to organisations across the UK.