Steve Langmead, Chief Executive of Commsworld

COMMSWORLD, the UK’s largest independent network provider, has taken steps to increase its employee ownership of the company by launching a shares scheme for all staff.

The Edinburgh-headquartered company has set up an Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) scheme which gives employees the right to acquire share options from a pool set aside by the company for workers.

The scheme was launched this month and Commsworld hopes that staff will grasp the opportunity to have their own share in the company they work for.

Steve Langmead, Chief Executive of Commsworld, said: “Since the company was launched, Commsworld has always prided itself in the quality of its service for clients. This is thanks to the standard of work provided by our highly-skilled and dedicated workforce.

“When we were looking at our options for the future, we wanted our people to be able to benefit from our success. The EMI scheme was the ideal way forward for us, and we hope that all our staff will take advantage of it as the company goes from strength to strength.”

The launch of the scheme comes as Commsworld reveals 12 new appointments following its biggest ever recruitment drive, on the back of its continued growth and success in the UK over the past 12 months.

Dan Jackson joins as Business Development Director, with the aim of driving new business sales into the public sector market across England. He previously held senior sales roles at Redcentric, Intrinsic/Maintel, NG Bailey and Dimension Data. Dan brings with him over 35 years’ experience and a highly successful track record in the industry.

Gavin Stewart has been appointed Pre-Sales Consultant to meet growing demand and develop sales to Commsworld’s current customer base along with developing new business. Linsey Willis joins the Sales Team and will focus on growth, having previously worked for Capita in a similar role.

Meanwhile, Dave McCann joins as Alliances Director and Ross McLean as Product Manager, while Ali Hunter and Brian Dempsey join the Essential Cloud Solutions Team and Barry Cole the Voice Team. Sean Massie, Jacob Wiggins and Daniel Craig join the Field Teams while John Evans joins as a Senior Network Engineer in August. All the new hires have proven track records in their specialist areas and will add to Commsworld’s pool of talent.

Steve Langmead added: “Our new recruits bring with them a wealth of experience and we are delighted to welcome them to Commsworld, especially during such an exciting phase of our growth and development.

“These appointments, across all areas of the business, underline our commitment to investing in our future as we expand to meet growing demand and highlight our ambition going forward as the business continues to go from strength to strength in both the public and private sectors across the UK.”

Commsworld supports thousands of the UK’s leading organisations, both in public and private sectors, with their telecommunications. It has grown rapidly in recent years, fuelled by its involvement with four of Scotland’s largest public sector ICT contracts, with local authorities in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Renfrewshire and the Scottish Borders.

It secured contracts valued at more than £16.7m across multiple sectors between October and December last year, making it one of the best quarters in its 27-year history.