XLN Telecom wins BVCA Management Team of the Year

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XLN Telecom, the London based provider of business broadband and phone lines wins prestigious award for best management team of the year.

XLN Telecom, the London based provider of business broadband and phone lines, has won a prestigious award for best management team of the year.

At the exclusive BVCA awards dinner last night, XLN was announced as the national winner of the ‘PE-Backed Management Team of the Year (Mid Market)’ category in the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) Portfolio Company Awards 2011.

The BVCA event was attended by private equity and venture capital professionals, media, and management teams from private equity backed companies.

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: “Winning this award is a fitting tribute to what I believe is one of the best management teams in the UK. XLN is going from strength to strength and without our dedicated and enthusiastic team none of it would be possible. In our new CFO and COO we’ve added further depth and strength and we look forward to pushing the business forward in the years to come.”

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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