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Business communications and technology solutions provider swcomms is pleased to announce the acquisition of neighbouring ICT business, Taurus Clearer Communication, in Exeter.

Taurus has been trading in the city and south west region since 1984 led by managing director Jonathan Sawyer.

The merger of the two businesses will serve to extend their technical expertise and product portfolios while increasing their influence in Exeter and the surrounding area.

swcomms and Taurus are now both part of the UK-wide Focus Group; a £120 million business with more than 650 employees and 25,000 customers across eight locations.

Taurus’s current owners Jonathan and Jan Sawyer will step down and hand over the management to director Richard Whybra (pictured above left), who has been operationally running the company in recent years. 

Taurus’s technical director Mr Whybra said: “We see this as an excellent opportunity to work with a fellow Exeter ICT and communications business, to grow together and to share out expertise. I am very excited for the future and the solutions we can provide to both our local customers and those that are further afield.”

Taurus employs more than 30 members of staff and is located in offices on the same industrial estate as swcomms. 

Brian Lodge (pictures above right), managing director of swcomms, said “Taurus and swcomms have been working in the south west for many years and have a healthy respect for each other’s businesses. While there are areas where we compete, there are many sectors where we don’t and this will create opportunities for us to complement one another and become and even more formidable force in the region. 

“Taurus has a great reputation for delivering a high quality suite of products, many of which fit perfectly with the aspirations of where swcomms want to be. We currently outsource some of these to third parties, so by bringing them in-house and offering them to our customer base, we will create opportunity for both businesses. Likewise, there are solutions that swcomms deliver that will now be available to Taurus customers, so the beneficiaries to this partnership will primarily be all our clients.

“Both companies have a similar ethos in providing first-class customer service while maintaining a personal touch and, most importantly, making sure we all have fun while we deliver it. Bringing together two of the strongest and highly regarded companies in the south west will not only allow for considerable growth and opportunity, but will also secure a bright future for everyone involved.”

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