Connect dials right number with North-east takeover

Belfast-headquartered Connect Telecom has acquired Aberdeen-based Vodafone partner Coltel in a multi-million-pound deal, it was announced today.

Coltel managing director Neil Collie, left, with Connect boss Scott Ritchie. Picture: Simon Price

Coltel’s client base will now be managed in partnership with Connect Telecom, which provides customers with access to additional Vodafone products, such as One Net Business.

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The acquisition will lead to the creation of 15 jobs over the next two years, adding to the 50 employees currently with the North-east firm.

Connect has also acquired the Vodafone base of Carlisle-based Nortech Communications, which was previously part of the Atlas Group.

Neil Collie, managing director at Coltel, said: “Having operated in Aberdeen for 25 years, Coltel has unrivalled knowledge of the local market.”

Connect boss Scott Ritchie added: “I look forward to working with Neil Collie and the extended team as we aim to grow the business.”