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Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Azzurri picks up Best Management Team award at Sunday Times Tech Track 100 Dinner
Azzurri Communications is celebrating after being awarded the Best Management Team honour at The Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 awards dinner, held at the Saatchi Gallery in London last night.

Azzurri attended the invitation only event after being placed 42nd in the annual Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 league table in October. The judges were particularly impressed with Azzurri’s buy-and-build strategy which has seen it acquire 11 IT and telecommunications companies and successfully integrated them into a single thriving company. The management team and chief executive officer, Martin St Quinton, have built the company from £13m in sales in 2001 to £47m in 2003 through these acquisitions.

The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 ranked companies based on sales growth between financial year end 2001 and 2003. All entrants were required to be non-subsidiary, independent technology companies, registered in the UK and unquoted. Sales in 2001 had to exceed £100,000 and at least £1m in 2003.

Commenting on this latest award, chief executive officer at Azzurri, Martin St. Quinton said, “As an entrepreneur running a buy and build business, I need to know that I have the management backing and support that will enable us to continue to achieve growth in line with our aggressive plans. Completing eleven acquisitions in four years is just one metric to prove how conscientious my team is and the level of management expertise we have at Azzurri has helped the company achieve its success to date.”

Azzurri were presented the award by Andrew Bell, UK technology industry leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers and beat strong competition. Other awards presented on the night were; Best Use Of Technology, International Expansion, Innovation, Research And Development, and Fastest Growing Company.

Azzurri, a leading communications and telecommunications company, was founded by St. Quinton in 2000, with support from 3i and the Bank of Scotland. Azzurri is one of the leading resellers of voice and data solutions in the UK, employing over 500 people across the country and with turnover in the year to June 2004 of £61 million. Today, turnover stands at £75 million. “No one person is solely responsible for company success. It comes from having an exceptionally competent team which is totally committed to the company objectives. I am lucky enough to have a group of talented people around me to help drive the company forward,” continues St. Quinton.

Azzurri’s customers include Cornhill, Lex Commercials, George Wimpey, B&Q, FPD Savills, Waterstone’s, Countryside Properties, Tesco and Woolworths.

The Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each October, with an awards event in December and targeted activities throughout the year.

Photography of Martin St. Quinton is available from abrown@insightmkt.com.

For further information contact:
Annalie Brown
Insight Marketing and Communications
01625 500800
abrown@insightmkt.com

Joe Doyle
Azzurri Communications
01635 520 360
joe.doyle@azzu.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

About Azzurri Communications

Azzurri Communications was formed in June 2000 with support from 3i and the Bank of Scotland and is currently made up of eleven strategic company acquisitions. Azzurri Communications is one of the largest and leading voice and data resellers and managed service providers in the UK. Annualised turnover stands at £75 million. There are 500 employees nation-wide. Headquartered in Newbury, Azzurri currently has sales and support operations in Fareham, , London, Kingston, Birmingham, Manchester, Burnley, Leeds and East Kilbride.

Backed by leading manufacturers and networks, Azzurri provides solutions that include voice, data, consultancy, networking, digital print and mobile. Azzurri also provides consultancy such as in-depth communications audits for large corporations and comprehensive telecoms management services. For further information visit www.azzurricommunications.com


About Fast Track

Fast Track is an Oxford-based research, publishing and networking events company that tracks the most dynamic unquoted companies in the UK. It also produces the Fast Track 100 league table based on sales growth, the Profit Track 100 based on profit growth and the Top Track 100 ranking of the largest unquoted companies. Fast Track was founded and is run by Dr Hamish Stevenson, who is also an associate fellow of Templeton College, Oxford University.
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