Pinnacle makes a song and dance of fibre optic debut

A STRING of contract wins - including the royal wedding, Holyrood elections and BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend concert - helped Stirlingshire-based Pinnacle Telecom to yesterday post record interim sales.

Turnover jumped by 23 per cent to 3.8 million in the six months to 31 March, contributing to a narrowing in losses from 166,000 to 132,000.

Bill Allan, the former Thus chief executive who became Pinnacle's chairman last year, said: "With no acquisition activity in the first half to impact the results, it is pleasing to see a solid increase in turnover for the period compared to both the equivalent period last year and the second half of last year."

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Pinnacle's fibre optic equipment - which can carry radio and sound broadcasts, as well as video for BBC iPlayer streams - made its debut at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Carlisle, which included performances from the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Nicole Scherzinger.

Chief executive Alan Bonner said: "I continue to examine acquisition opportunities on a regular basis and remain hopeful of concluding one or more acquisitions in the second half."

Contracts under way include next month's T in the Park music festival near Kinross, at which peformers will include Beyonce, Blondie and KT Tunstall.