Connectus has announced ambitious growth plans following the appointment of Roy Shelton. With product development, key hires and the strategic acquisition of cyber and data specialist Cybersity, the business is looking to drive organic and acquisitive growth over the next three years.
Connectus was formed following the acquisition of Eximus Solutions 12 months ago. And following the retirement of founders Maurice Lee and Elaine Gellion, who this month left the business following 15 years in situ, serial telco founder and CEO Shelton is now leading the business in his role as Managing Director.
Working with the existing technical and engineering team, the business has bolstered all areas, supported by its £150k investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) by FW Capital in December.
As part of the new team, ex-Daisy Group director Kate O’Brien leads marketing, Andy Marsden leads sales and Scott Taylor leads the new compliance and security team. Jessica Murray has joined and will lead the finance function.
With its own full fibre network in Doncaster, the business has evolved and enhanced its existing product suite to focus on services delivered over IP including voice, as well as CCTV and detection. Following its December acquisition of Cybersity – a specialist in helping business to use technology safely and securely and support with compliance and regulation – the business is now offering cyber services.
Paul Ruocco, Chairman of Connectus, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Roy into Connectus. This is a business with strong foundations from which we are looking to grow, and that is testament to thank Maurice, Elaine and the team. I’d like to thank them immensely for their hard work and leadership during their tenure.”
Shelton said: “I am delighted to have joined Connectus. The business has a great history, diverse customers and with a key strength in connectivity and our own network across Doncaster, the business is well positioned to for growth. This is a really exciting time to be joining the company.
“We have heavily invested in our infrastructure, vendor relationships as well as our people. We have vast experience with the appointments of Kate, Jessica and Andy. Coupled with the strategic acquisition of Cybersity and our team of engineers, I believe we can offer a real point of difference to both our customers and partners.”
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