BOLTON-based communications specialist Telesis has been acquired by cloud telecommunications provider Firstcom Europe.

The deal makes Telesis part of a pan-European business and adds benefits and services to its UK customer base.

Telesis director Christian Bleakley remains within the business as the managing director of Firstcom Europe’s UK branches, and increases Firstcom Europe’s annual revenues to over €35 million, from €1.7 million in 2013. It will also bring complementary products and management expertise to the Luxembourg based company.

Since it was founded in 2009, Telesis has increased its turnover to £9million through organic growth and the acquisition of Digital Telecom Airtime last year. It employs 42 people in the UK who will now form part of Firstcom Europe’s team, bringing staff numbers to 200 post acquisition.

Telesis supplies firms across the UK with bespoke communication packages covering all requirements, including phone systems, calls and lines, mobile services, broadband, call recording, CCT, VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), connectivity products, engineering services as well as other add-ons.

Jean-Pierre Vandromme, Firstcom Europe’s CEO, said: “Telesis is the eighth acquisition for the Firstcom Europe Group in five years and we expect to close at least one major acquisition and a number of smaller acquisitions in 2019 which will bring our expected annual revenue to over €60 million.

"Our goal is to become the prime pan-European cloud provider with presence across most of Europe with a revenue of over €75 million by 2020. The acquisition of Telesis fits our strategy of converting customers with traditional telecommunication services to new cloud-based products.”