XLN Telecom wins BVCA Management Team of the Year

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2 years running for the management team at XLN

XLN Telecom, the London based provider of business broadband and phone lines, has won the award for ‘PE-Backed Management Team of the Year (Mid Market)’ in the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) Portfolio Company Award 2011 for the Southeast region.

The awards will be presented on the 30th of June at a black-tie ceremony, along with other regional winners. As a regional winner XLN are automatically put forwards for a national award, winners of which will be announced and presented with their award during the evening. The event will be attended by private equity and venture capital professionals, media, and of course the winning management teams.

XLN Telecom was recently listed as #6 in the 2011 Sunday Times Buyout Track and #84 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 2011 having posted a 100% profit increase from 2008 to 2010.

Christian Nellemann, founder and Group CEO said: “I am delighted that the performance of the management team has been recognised by the BVCA. We were delighted to win it last year and to win it in a consecutive year where the management team also had to manage an MBO shows the quality, strength and resilience of what I believe is one of the best teams in the business.”

In September 2010 ECI Partners, a UK mid-market private equity firm, invested in XLN Telecom alongside management, acquiring a majority stake from Zeus Private Equity. The additional investment from ECI gives XLN considerable financial resources to act as a key consolidator in its market.

About XLN Telecom

XLN Telecom Ltd. was founded by Christian Nellemann in 2002. It is located in London, United Kingdom and supplies business phone lines and business broadband to more than 130,000 customers. Deregulation of the UK Telecom’s industry has enabled XLN to offer an alternative phone service to BT™ at a considerably lower cost.

XLN is the fastest growing independent Telecom Service Provider in the UK focusing on the Small Business sector. The company is profitable and backed by a leading institutional investor.

XLN’s founder and CEO was first recognised as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 for Technology and Communication, winning again in 2010. The Telecom Provider has also been a National Business Awards Finalist for 5 years: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010. In 2007 and 2008, XLN Telecom was ranked on the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 survey of the 100 fastest growing technology companies in the UK and won the Small- to Medium-sized Enterprise category of the 2010 Best Business Awards. In 2011 XLN was listed as #6 in the Sunday Times Buyout Track 100 and #84 in the 2011 Sunday Times Profit Track.

More details at: http://www.xlntelecom.co.uk

About ECI Partners
Originally founded in 1976 as Equity Capital for Industry, ECI is one of the longest established private equity groups in the UK. With offices in Manchester and London, and a team of 21 dedicated professionals, ECI specialises in buyouts, buy-ins and development capital deals of £10 million to £150 million.

ECI is owned by its team and manages private equity funds with a capital base of over £880 million and has provided funds for over 250 companies.

In December 2008 ECI raised ECI 9, a £437 million fund and ECI’s ninth buyout fund. This fund exceeded the original £400m target in just three months with over 90% of the capital being committed by existing ECI investors.

ECI’s other notable investments in the Software and IT Services sector include Ascribe, Clinisys, ClarityBlue, GK Communications, Language Line, MM Group, NCC, OSI and Guardian iT.

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