Olive Secure £15.25m to Accelerate Growth

Olive Communications has secured a £15.25m funding package to further scale up its operations. BGF (Business Growth Fund) has invested £10m growth capital while Barclays has provided £5.25m in new debt facilities.

As a result of significant growth – which has seen revenues climb from £11m in 2012 to close to £30m at the end of this financial year – Olive has featured in the Sunday Times Tech Track for the past three consecutive years.

The new £15.25m funding package will be used to expand its customer base and further develop the range of services available to existing clients. The business also plans to grow its 150 strong team with appointments across its three sites High Wycombe, Hatfield and Towcester. Roger Flynn will remain in post providing ongoing support and guidance to this growth strategy as non-executive chairman and Olive has recently appointed Vim Vithaldas as non-executive director to help with operational planning, growth development and M&A activities.

Martin Flick, CEO, Olive said: “Over the past few years, we have experienced continued growth as a result of the exceptional talent and hard work of the Olive team. Results have been very impressive on a self-invested basis but we have ambition to develop our product offering for customers and partners even further.”

“BGF’s minority, long-term funding model gives us the flexibility to do this. At the same time, we keep control of the business. We are excited about this partnership, and about leveraging the huge network that BGF has built over the past four years.”

Mark Nunny, an Investor at BGF who will also take a seat on the board of Olive Communications said: “Over the last three years, Olive Communications has emerged as a leading business communications provider for SMEs with particularly impressive growth in the fast-growing converged enterprise space. The team has achieved exceptional growth and we are looking forward to working with Martin Flick and his team to continue this trajectory.

Our flexible equity will give Olive the headroom to invest organically for growth and consider acquisitions as part of its strategy.”

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine