Alastair Mills, CEO wins Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Award

SpiriTel plc, the business communications service provider, is pleased to announce that Alastair Mills, its Chief Executive, has won the prestigious National Comms Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Award. The award was presented to Alastair at the Awards Dinner, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London last night.

The Award recognises the individual within the industry that most clearly demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, drive and the qualities needed to build a successful telecoms business. These include tenacity, self belief, creativity, a strong work ethic and vision.

At the age of 32, Alastair was one of the youngest CEOs of a listed company when appointed in 2005 and in 2006 he launched the Company’s successful ‘acquire, integrate and grow’ strategy. Since then, SpiriTel has acquired six telecoms resellers and built a new B2B Division servicing over 2,300 SME and major corporate customers including Whitbread, Lufthansa and BBC Worldwide. Today SpiriTel is recognised as a leader in the provision of a range of converged voice and data services to UK businesses. The Company recently signed a £4m contract with a major global hotel group for the provision of network services across its UK estate. During the last 12 months, the Business Division has delivered strong organic growth, driven by cross selling successes valued at over £7m.

In announcing the award, the judges commented, “SpiriTel is a growing and profitable company with the flexibility to adapt to changes in the industry. Alastair has developed a well structured successful telecoms business and is a worthy winner.”

Commenting on the award, Alastair Mills, CEO of SpiriTel said: “It is an honour to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. SpiriTel has a highly skilled and committed staff and I am proud to have the opportunity to thank the whole team for their efforts and hard work during a period of significant progress for the Group.”

Lord St John of Bletso, SpiriTel’s Chairman, added: “I am delighted with Alastair’s award. Through his leadership, vision and determination, SpiriTel has undergone a fantastic turnaround. This award is a fitting recognition of Alastair’s abilities and drive and acknowledges what his colleagues and fellow directors have always recognised.”