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In its third investment in the last month, Warrington-based WHP Telecoms Limited (“WHP”) has acquired Intelligent Communications solutions Ltd (“ICS Group”).

Founded in 2004 by Alex Welch and Matthew Riches, with Kevin Doncaster joining as director in 2005 ICS Group has grown into a market-leading telecom rigging installations and design company with headquarters in Braintree, Essex and a regional office in Cambridgeshire.

The Group provides full design and build services to multinational telecommunications firm Telefonica in London and South East, alongside delivering sites for many other suppliers UK wide.

Headquartered in Warrington, with seven offices and a workforce of c.700 people across the UK, private-equity-backed WHP is a market-leading provider of infrastructure support and deployment services to the UK telecommunications industry.

WHP works closely with all the key parties in the industry, offering a complete range of in-house, multi-disciplinary capabilities.

Equistone Partners Europe (“Equistone”) completed the management buyout of WHP in 2018 and set out a strategy to grow the company organically and through strategic acquisitions.

Under the leadership of CEO Rob Potter, WHP made its first acquisition, of Sitec Infrastructure Services Ltd, a project management company providing end-to-end solutions for the UK’s mobile and fixed line network operators, in December 2019.

Rob Potter, CEO of WHP, comments: “ICS is a unique company renowned for its design and build capability, something that WHP has been committed to investing in in recent years. They have an excellent roster of high-profile clients that have clear synergies with our wider portfolio, so we are delighted to be welcoming Alex, Kevin, Matt and the whole team into the group.

“This transaction closely follows our recent acquisition of Blue Clarity and Redhall Networks and we believe that this further strengthens our client service offering, which will benefit the UK’s communication networks as investment in 5G and fibre gathers pace.”

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