Founder of Eyretel PLC
From Division 1 to the Premiership
How to Move Your Company into the Big League
Continuing the series of special events with Corporate Members of the Entrepreneurial Exchange, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was delighted to be joined by Roger Keenan, Founder of Eyretel PLC.
Roger started-up Eyretel in 1990 from his garage using funding from business angels and a small firms loan. After appearing as the top company on the first Sunday Times Fast Track 100 league table in 1997, he raised £22.5m venture capital from Apax. He floated Eyretel on the London Stock Exchange in April 2000, the week NASDAQ nose-dived. Roger stayed as deputy chairman until he sold the company, which develops call-centre technology, to the major US technology firm Witness Systems in April 2003.
In this Masterclass, he discussed the various stages of company growth, providing insight and examples of how fast-growing, ambitious companies can make the next step.
The evening was hosted by David Leslie, Corporate Finance Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, who leads PwC's work with entrepreneurs. David, who with his team has been involved in over 100 deals with entrepreneurs, discussed the implications of growth for early stage and mature companies, and provided an update on what is happening in the current deals market. This event was geared for entrepreneurs who were thinking of raising money, doing a buyout, selling their business, or a new IPO.
The panel for the evening also included David Glen, Tax Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, who also works extensively with fast growth organisations, and John Hatfield, the well-known business writer, who has just become an entrepreneur for the second time after selling his first company, publisher MHP, in 2002.