Calyx Group dishes out management roles, announces job cuts

Calyx Group has clarified its organisational structure as it rebuilds the operations following last month's acquisition by private equity house Better Capital.

Calyx Group has clarified its organisational structure as it rebuilds the operations following last month's acquisition by private equity house Better Capital.

The details of the management team and other changes to the operation were revealed in an internal announcement sent to staff this week that has been leaked to MicroScope.

The VC has brought in former COA Solutions CEO Fiona Timothy to "manage the transition of the new companies as the CEO of the Calyx Group companies," said Tara Brady, boss of trading entity Calyx Managed Services, incorporating Calyx Network Services.

"I am pleased Fiona Timothy will be working with me and my management team to determine the strategy for the business which includes us strengthening our services through acquisition," said Brady in the memo.

"We are in the process of restructuring the whole new company [to become] Calyx Managed Services to better address the challenges of our marketplace and ensure that the company trades strongly," he added.

The management team includes sales director Dave Everest; Matt Bartell, director of managed services and client management; Joe Mayhew, director of technology and pre-sales; Paul Taylor, director of operations; and FD Neil Waterman.

The UK businesses will operate from two main locations; London and Didsbury which means the Rainford and Stevenage offices will close by 24 December.

The office in the capital will be the primary sales and marketing engine but Calyx hopes to move to an improved facility in London before Christmas and will continue to operate small units in Hyde and Farnborough.

"At the same time, we are looking at the structure of parts of the organisation bringing headcount in line with revenue forecasts," said Brady.

Employees that are at risk of redundancy have been informed of the situation and consultation is under way with the appointment of Employee Representatives.

The business confirmed that services director Gaurav Bhasker and group operations director John Hawker will be leaving the company following the Better Capital deal, they are credited with driving the intitial integration of acquired companies to profitability in 2009.

The Irish operation has been re-branded as MentecPlus Integrated Solutions, and placed under the control of Timothy until a managing director is found. It will move into a new Dublin-based office on 28 October.

Calyx Software UK will continue to be based in Shepshed, with Andy Hayward remaining at the helm.

Brady said the group was debt free which was a "fantastic advantage" in the current economic climate that "differentiates us from most of our competitors" and had an owner that understood the industry and backed the management team.

"There are still a number of challenges ahead and it will be a busy time between now and Christmas as we create this new company but I would like to thank all of you for your continued hard work through what has been a very testing time," he said.

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