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Calnex Solutions Secures £3m to Accelerate Growth Drive

Michael Behr

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Calnex Tommy Cook and Barclay's Ashleigh Greenan

The new credit facility, along with the money from its recent IPO, well help fund Calnex’s growth strategy.

Telecoms technology business Calnex Solutions has secured £3m of funding from Barclays, which it will use to drive growth and make new acquisitions.

The revolving credit facility will give the Linlithgow-based company access to the fund’s needed to support its R&D work and fund future development.

Currently, the firms’ future growth strategy focuses on investing in both business research development. Calnex is looking to acquire technologies or businesses that complement its existing products. It also aims to repay its existing debt facility.

In early October, Calnex became the first Scottish IPO in two years when it listed on the Alternative Investment Market. The placing raised £22.5m, £6m of which has been earmarked to support growth plans, bolstered by the Barclays deal.

Calnex previously said that the offering was “significantly oversubscribed” after it received significant support from institutional investors.

In addition to the funding package, Calnex has moved its full operational banking facilities to Barclays.

Founded in 2006, Calnex has operations across the globe including the US, China and India. It designs, produces and markets test instrumentation and solutions for the telecoms sector with its 95 employees servicing customers in 68 countries internationally.

The Barclays deal team was led by Corporate Development Director Malcolm Crawford.

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Calnex CEO Tommy Cook said: “We are in an exciting period of growth and development for the business and we needed a banking partner supportive of our ambitions. Like many technology-based sectors, the telecommunications industry is seeing fast paced change and a wealth of innovation. Our deal with Barclays offers us flexible access to capital to take advantage of opportunities like acquisitions that will help us grow our market share.”

Head of Corporate Banking for Barclays in Scotland Jamie Grant said: “As the first UK bank to have a dedicated technology, media and telecoms team, we have a track record in supporting ambitious businesses like Calnex.

“The management team has grown a successful global operation headquartered in Scotland and has a clear plan to further expand market share and increase investment in developing new technology. We worked with Calnex to deliver a funding solution that would enable the company to be agile about growth opportunities.”

Michael Behr

Senior Staff Writer

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