Daisy Group plc
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Daisy Group plc

June 24, 2011 05:37 ET

Daisy Backs Scottish Economy With Launch of New Office and Recruitment Drive

- Communications provider opens first office in Scotland

- Scotland team triples in six months with further recruitment planned

- Technology pledge to customers north of the border

LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 24, 2011) -Daisy Group plc (AIM:DAY) has backed the recovering Scottish economy by committing to growing its business in Scotland.

A provider of unified communications to business customers, the Group has identified Scotland as a key area for investment and business development, launching its first office in the country and championing emerging technology for the business community.

An office in North Lanarkshire and a sales and engineering force joined the Group following the acquisition of SpiriTel, comprising of the former Scotland-based telecoms provider Nessco, in November 2010.

The support for a devolved Scottish economy coupled with the acquisition of an experienced sales and engineering team and large customer-base in Scotland, prompted Daisy into investing in a permanent centre at the former Nessco-site in Bellshill.

Today, the new Daisy office at the Strathclyde Business Park was unveiled, giving the Group its permanent base in Scotland.

Led by Graham Roger, former Head of Business Sales at Thus, the Scotland team serves 4,500 business accounts across the country, providing communications services including data, mobiles, systems, maintenance and voice. Customers include, Stena Drilling, National Galleries of Scotland and public sector bodies including NHS Highland, NHS Orkney and Midlothian Council.

Gareth Kirkwood, Daisy's Chief Operating Officer, says the company has ambitious plans for growth in Scotland and believes the unified communications provider can offer real business benefits for Scottish customers.

Chief Operating Officer, Gareth Kirkwood, said:

"Scottish businesses are renowned for innovating to compete on a global stage and we feel we have the products and the support team that will help them achieve that.

"By harnessing new technologies, such as internet-based applications and cloud computing, supported with a product portfolio across mobile, systems, maintenance, broadband and voice, we are able to offer a truly converged solution that will help Scottish businesses re-evaluate their approach to business communications and see the benefits of a streamlined and consolidated supply chain.

"Our strong regional presence and an experienced team give us belief that we can make real strides both in growing our business and our team in Scotland, contributing to the Scottish economy's legacy of cultivating businesses in the IT and communications sector."

Daisy in Scotland, key facts

  • Scotland-office acquired via SpiriTel acquisition in November, 2010
  • 4,500 customer accounts in Scotland
  • Chief Operating Officer is Kilmarnock-born Gareth Kirkwood (biography below)
  • Former Head of Business Development at Thus, Graham Roger, appointed as Regional Sales Manager (biography below)
  • Initial employee base of 7 increase to 22

For more information contact Katharine McNamara on 07818 550509 or email katharine.mcnamara@daisyplc.com

Notes to Editors

Daisy Group plc (AIM:DAY) is a leading provider of unified communications to business customers.

The Group provides unified communications across a product portfolio including data, mobiles, systems, maintenance, and voice, offering an end to end solution for all business communications needs.

For more information on the Group please visit http://www.daisygroupplc.com

Gareth Kirkwood Biography

Scottish-born Gareth Kirkwood is Chief Operating Officer at Daisy Group.

Gareth, 47, who has represented Scotland playing cricket, was born in Kilmarnock and attended Hutcheson's Grammar School in Glasgow, joined Lancashire-based Daisy Group in 2009 after holding the role of Director of Operations at British Airways.

The former Strathclyde University student, who also holds a MBA from Lancaster University, began his career with British Airways in 1986. He held senior roles in British Airways for 14 years, including the positions of Managing Director at British Airways World Cargo, Managing Director of British Airways' regional airline and Vice President of Purchasing at USAir.

Since joining Daisy, he has focused on ensuring that businesses acquired by the Group have been integrated successfully and on building a team to drive growth in the Group's Retail, Wholesale and Distribution divisions.

Graham Roger Biography

A former British Army officer and Head of Business Development at Thus, Graham Roger is Daisy Group's Regional Sales Manager in Scotland.

Having spent seven years as an infantry officer, Graham entered the telecoms sector, and has worked for Energis Communications, Scottish Telecom and latterly Thus, part of Cable and Wireless Worldwide.

Graham's career at Thus spanned 12 years, initially joining the business as Head of Channel Sales, before becoming Head of Business Sales UK in 2003.

Prior to joining Daisy in February, the former Strathallan School student ran his own consultancy business, advising small businesses on sales structures, also advising on customer base and company purchases in the telco space.

Since joining Daisy, Graham has focussed on expanding and developing a new team to support Daisy's 4,500 customers in Scotland and further grow the Daisy Scottish based business.

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