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babble cloud hits acquisition trail after securing LDC investment

babble, a specialist communications technology provider, has secured investment from leading mid-market private equity firm LDC to accelerate its growth strategy.

The firm, which works with well-known names such as National Geographic, Oak Furniture Land and Secret Escapes, will also have access to significant additional capital from LDC to fund a series of acquisitions in the UK to help it build scale, consolidating its position in the c. £500m market for unified communications.

Headquartered in London, Babble provides a wide range of cloud communications solutions for over 200 small and mid-sized businesses under a single unified service. Its solutions include hosted telephony (VOIP), unified communications, cloud contact centres, mobile and enterprise connectivity.

Alongside acquisitions, the business also plans to expand its services with several new product innovations to support continued customer growth as more companies shift to cloud-based solutions.

LDC is backing the existing, experienced management team, which is led by CEO Matthew Parker and includes CFO Olly Garland, CMO Jeremy Langley and CTO Andy Lindsell.

David Garman, former Chief Executive of logistics giant TDG, will join the board as Chairman, alongside LDC Investment Directors Alex Clark and Troy Harris-Speid.

Matthew Parker, CEO of Babble, said: “In recent years we have delivered strong organic growth, thanks to our focus on innovation and working with customers who are driving genuine transformation. Having built a strong business platform, we’re now keen to accelerate our scale through the acquisition of other high performing businesses with complementary technologies, geography and customers. Bringing a new investment partner like LDC on board, with its track record for supporting major acquisition programmes, will enable us to make this happen.”

Alex Clark, Investment Director at LDC, added: “Matt and the team have an impressive track record in scaling businesses, having successfully delivered and integrated a total of 10 acquisitions in previous roles. Their experience aligns perfectly with their ambitions for the business and our support. We’re looking forward to working alongside Matt, Olly, Jeremy and Andy on the buy and build strategy.”

LDC was advised by Spectrum Corporate Finance, RSM (FDD), Analysis Mason (CDD), Shoosmiths (Legals) and Sales Blueprint (Sales Force Effectiveness), KPMG (Tax Structuring) and JLT (Insurance).

Babble was advised by Springboard Corporate Finance and Taylor Wessing (Legals).

ENDS

Issued on behalf of LDC by Citypress. For press information, contact Rebecca Hart on 0203 773 9543 / rebecca.hart@citypress.co.uk

Notes to editors:

  1. LDC is the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
  2. LDC backs ambitious management teams from UK-based companies seeking up to £100m of equity for management buy-outs, institutional buy-outs or development capital transactions.
  3. LDC is celebrating its 35th anniversary and has completed more than 550 investments since 1981.
  4. LDC has a portfolio of 90 businesses across the UK which collectively generates £5.5bn of revenues and employs in excess of 35,000 people.
  5. LDC invests in a broad range of sectors and has particular experience in Construction & Property, Financial Services, Healthcare, Industrials, Retail & Consumer, TMT, Travel & Leisure and Support Services.
  6. LDC has committed to invest £1.2bn in UK mid-market businesses over the next three years.
  7. Over the last three years (2014-16), LDC has invested over £1bn of equity and generated exit proceeds of more than £2bn.
  8. LDC is the leading private equity company in the UK mid-market. Recent transactions include investments with Ensek, Stuart Turner, Patrick Parsons, Pelsis, Amberon, Lucid Group, Addo, Hill Biscuits, Blue Bay Travel and Fishawack.
  9. LDC has a UK regional network with offices in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading.
  10. For further information, visit www.ldc.co.uk/pressrelease
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