Arrow flies north of the border with Orca Telecom acquisition

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Arrow Business Communications has acquired Orca Telecom to expand its presence north of the border. The terms of the deal were undisclosed.

The purchase of Orca brings Arrow’s tally of acquisition to six in the last five years. Arrow says Orca would be a “perfect complement” to its business and would “significantly boost revenues and allow Arrow to provide local support to its Scottish customer base”.

Surrey-based Arrow offers a portfolio of hosted telephony and mobiles through to mobile device management, telephone systems, IT services, voice and data connectivity. “We identified Orca as an ideal match for Arrow both in product range and location as we already have a number of customers in Aberdeen,” says Chris Russell, director of acquisition at Arrow.

Aberdeen-based Orca’s employees will remain with Arrow allowing them to continue to look after their customers while gaining access to Arrow’s larger resources and expertise, Arrow says. This acquisition will increase Arrow’s total turnover to £26m as well as providing a substantial footing in the Scottish telecoms market.

“We are excited about working with Arrow as we share the same suppliers and, more importantly, the same culture of providing a personal service to business customers,” says Wayne Mackay, director of Orca Telecom.

Last September, Arrow acquired Herts-based fixed line comms supplier Networks United. In 2013, Arrow bought Inter-Group Communications, a Southport-based provider of IP telephony, voice, network and managed services in the public and private sectors. The acquisition also included its Bristol based subsidiary company, Budd Communications.

In 2012, Arrow snapped up Kee Support, a Kettering based provider of business calls and access solutions to the SME, Corporate and public sector.


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