Excalibur Communications focuses on strong growth following management buy-out supported by Santander

Thrings Solicitors, Swindon, and Moore Blatch, Chandlers Ford, Act as Advisers for Excalibur MBO

Swindon-based Excalibur Communications, a leading UK telecoms and IT solutions service provider, has undergone a Management Buy-Out (MBO) supported with significant funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial.

The management team led by CEO, Peter Boucher will take majority ownership of the firm, as part of Excalibur Communications’ five-year strategy for growth. Former owner and CEO, James Phipps, retains a minority shareholding. He remains involved with the company as Executive Chairman. The aim is for the management team to take full ownership of the business within five years and to increase investments and acquisitions in new technology.

Excalibur Communications provides managed IT and telecoms services to more than 4,000 SMEs in the South and South West. The firm benefits from a strong relationship with Vodafone and is one of its top five distribution channel partner in the UK.

The business recently marked its first year under CEO Peter Boucher, with a record volume of activity. The firm met its expansion plan objectives for the year by delivering organic growth, the integration and acquisition of Ntegra IT Support Services, and a strengthened management team with the appointment of Richard Evans as finance director in September 2017.

Chris Mears, Relationship Director at Santander worked on this transaction with Martyn Drake, Director of Growth Capital, Santander. Chris said; “Excalibur is an exceptional business with a relentless focus on customer care and a wonderful culture. We have been impressed by the quality of the management team and the plans in place to achieve their growth ambitions and have been delighted to support the management team in the execution of this MBO.”

Peter Boucher, CEO, Excalibur Communications, said: “We see this backing by Santander as an endorsement of our ambition to scale up the business. We have achieved our targets for the first year through sustainable growth and productivity gains. The funding from Santander, alongside a team of motivated employees and strong senior management, place us in a strong position to build and grow Excalibur in the long term.”

Thrings Solicitors, based in Swindon, and Moore Blatch, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire acted on behalf of James Phipps and the management team respectively.


For further information please contact:
Henrietta Skeen or Jack Ellis on 07909914052 or 01793 957722
Email: henrietta.skeen@excaliburcomms.co.uk

For information about Santander please contact:
Lara Lipsey      T: 020 7756 4518      M: 07713 560 209      E: lara.lipsey@santander.co.uk  
Josephine Dencker      T: 020 7756 4221      M: 07529 113877      E: josephine.dencker@santander.co.uk