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Success story for two - man telecom firm

AS the recession bites and companies continue to crumble one Solihull-based business is bucking the trend.

AS the recession bites and companies continue to crumble one Solihull-based business is bucking the trend.

Telmar Network Technologies opened up in Focus Park, Shirley as a two-man operation but three years on it now employs 47 members of staff including two apprentices.

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg visited the company which services and repairs major telecoms systems components such as base stations, switches and transmissions equipment for mobile phone and telecom operators and manufacturers.

“This is one of the rare and wonderful success stories,” he said.

“We need to re-build the British economy to help make more great companies like these.”

The US-owned telecommunications company opened in Solihull because of its excellent transport links allowing clients to access them from all over the world.

Managing director Jai Sharma set up locally alongside operations dir­ector Jacqui Matthews in 2006 and has since made massive strides.

“We decided on a refurbishment centre in the UK because the demand was high,” said Mr Sharma.

“This time last year we had 14 members of staff and now we’ve started taking on apprentices which is a sign we have improved.”

The majority of employees are from the West Midlands including local lad Ashley Varney who is two-thirds of his way through the apprenticeship scheme.

“I’m really enjoying it and I’ve just got nine months left now before I hopefully become a technician,” the 20-year-old said.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt praised the hard-working company who she first met when they were having difficulty registering their VAT.

“They have found a fantastic niche and are a blueprint for success.

“I’ve watched this company grow from a two-man business into what it is now.

“They’ve got everything going for them.”

 

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