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10th August 2004

Azzurri Communications completes 11th acquisition
with the purchase of Axxent

Leading telecoms company acquires mobile consultancy to expand wireless offering

Newbury, UK - Leading communications and technology company, Azzurri Communications, today announced that it has acquired Axxent Voice and Data Ltd, a leading mobile consultancy company, for a maximum consideration of up to £2.7m. Based in Kingston, Axxent has annual turnover of £5m and employs 30 staff. This transaction sees Azzurri complete its eleventh acquisition in four years, confirming its position as one of the UK’s largest independent Voice and Data Companies with annual turnover in excess of £75m.

Axxent specialises in providing and managing products and services such as mobile voice, mobile data, e-mail and telematics to clients including Buckingham Palace, The Inland Revenue, Courts PLC, BHS and TetraPak. The acquisition will allow Azzurri to strengthen its current highly successful mobile offering with this award winning business. Azzurri’s enhanced Mobile Division will be headed-up by Axxent Chairman, Paul Butler, who will become Divisional Director, and Axxent Managing Director, Martin Flick, who will work alongside Andrew Clark as Sales Director.

Martin St. Quinton, CEO at Azzurri, commented: “With the Axxent acquisition, we are further demonstrating our commitment to growth. As with each of our previous acquisitions, we intend to completely integrate Axxent into the existing Azzurri group to ensure we benefit from the skills and expertise held at the company. With each acquisition we make, we are combining the strengths of the previous businesses and developing Azzurri into a dynamic, major UK supplier of complementary communications solutions.”

Azzurri Communications was formed in June 2000 and has grown through ten previous strategic acquisitions, incorporated under one Azzurri brand in July 2003. Axxent will be integrated into Azzurri with virtually no disruption to the existing business.


Martin Flick, Managing Director of Axxent says, “The additional support and expertise available within the Azzurri group was a major pulling point for us. The closely aligned ethos of both Companies, along with the commitment and success to date in delivering added value and unrivalled service levels makes us a complimentary addition to the Group. We know that our staff and our clients will truly benefit from the wider range of technologies and people that will now be accessible. We are really excited to be joining a growing and successful organisation in Azzurri, which will allow us to continue to go from strength to strength”.

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For further information contact:
Annalie Cook or Rebecca Dean
Insight Marketing and Communications
Tel: 01625 500800
Email: acook@insightmkt.com or rdean@insightmkt.com

Joe Doyle
Azzurri Communications
Tel: 01635 520 360
Email: joe.doyle@azzu.co.uk

About Azzurri Communications

Azzurri Communications was formed in June 2000 with support from 3i and the Bank of Scotland and is currently made up of eleven strategic company acquisitions. Azzurri Communications is one of the largest and leading telecoms resellers in the UK. Annual turnover stands at £75 million. There are 500 employees nation-wide. Headquartered in Newbury, Azzurri currently has sales and support operations in Fareham, Egham, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Burnley, Leeds and East Kilbride.

Backed by leading manufacturers and networks, Azzurri provides solutions that include Voice, Data, Consultancy, Networking, Digital Print and Mobile. Azzurri also provides consultancy such as in-depth communications audits for large corporations and comprehensive telecoms management services. For further information visit www.azzurricommunications.com

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