With a history stretching back to 1988, Solar Communications has been transformed since 2007 when it was bought by its current chief executive Mark Colquhoun, who has run several businesses, including a game lodge in South Africa. It now specialises in unified communications, helping companies to integrate phone, text messaging and voicemail with more sophisticated telecoms. Typical clients have 200 to 3,000 employees and include Portman Travel, World First, and the College of Law. Sales at the Wiltshire company have grown 40% a year from £2.7m in 2007 to £7.5m in 2010, and it plans to release a mobile-phone application shortly, enabling its clients to dispense with their desk phones altogether.
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