Fylde digital communications experts in £2.75m sale

The Fylde Micro building at Squires Gate Blackpool
The Fylde Micro building at Squires Gate Blackpool
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Digital radio telecommunications company Fylde Micro has been bought for £2.75m.

The Squires Gate company, which was founded in 1980, has joined the Sepura group based in Cambridge.

Fylde Micro designs and makes a range of digital mobile products, including trunking controllers that enable a simple, low-risk and cost-effective migration from analogue to digital networks.

It employs 12 staff and will remain at its Avro Crescent base, pictured, where it moved in 1995.

It has a worldwide reputation for delivering reliable solutions within the Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) market to such customers a Gazprom and Homeland 
Security. It was instrumental in delivering the analogue MPT1327 standard to a global market and, more recently, closely involved in the writing of the ETSI digital standards for DMR and dPMR.

Fylde Micro develops and manufactures trunking controllers used inside PMR base stations, forming the core of the radio infrastructure.

Brian Seedle, chairman of the company, said: “We are thrilled to be joining the Sepura group at such an exciting time for the PMR industry.

“Sepura has established itself as a catalyst for analogue to digital migration, enabling increasing numbers of organisations to realise the productivity gains provided by digital communication solutions.

“Combining our respective product portfolios offers analogue users a simpler and more cost effective migration strategy, and provides further market reach for our products through access to the 
renowned Sepura network of partners and distributors.”

Gordon Watling, chief executive of Sepura, said: “Combining our DMR portfolio with Fylde’s innovative trunking solutions increases our ability to offer cost 
effective, flexible solutions to migrate existing analogue networks to digital.”

In the 12 months to December, Fylde Micro had revenues of £1.2m and was “broadly breakeven” according to Sepura, which will pay up to £3.5m if the business hits targets.