skip_previous play_arrow skip_next
00:00 00:00
  • cover play_arrow

    Rother Radio (128k) Love Local, Love Music!

  • cover play_arrow

    Rother Radio (64K) Love Local, Love Music!

  • cover play_arrow

    Hit Music Radio (128K) More Music Variety!

  • cover play_arrow

    Hit Music Radio (64K) The Best Variety of Hits!

Business News

Former child actor on cloud nine with £100m Inflexion windfall


share close

A technology entrepreneur who set up his IT company in his bedroom at the age of 22 is to toast a £100m windfall from the sale of the business to Inflexion, the private equity investor.

Sky News has learnt that Scott Fletcher, a former child actor who appeared in television shows such as Casualty and Jossy’s Giants, is closing in on a blockbuster deal to sell ANS Group.

City insiders said the sale could be announced as soon as next week.

a laptop keyboard
Image: The deal is expected to create a “leading group in the UK cloud communications sector”

The transaction, which will value ANS Group at more than £200m, will see it become part of a new holding company established by Inflexion.

According to people briefed on the deal, ANS will sit alongside UKFast, a provider of cloud hosting services which has been at the centre of controversy over allegations about the conduct of its founder, Laurence Jones.

Inflexion initiated an investigation into the allegations when they were reported by the Financial Times in 2019, and the buyout firm subsequently increased its stake in the business as well as bringing in a new leadership team.

Sources said that ANS and UKFast would continue to operate as separate businesses following the deal with Mr Fletcher.

More from Business

“This purchase will create a leading group in the UK cloud communications sector,” said one person familiar with the transaction.

Manchester-based ANS provides a range of cloud services to public and private sector clients, and won several contracts relating to the government’s COVID-19 tracing app last year.

UKFast was founded in 1999 by Lawrence Jones and his wife Gail
Image: ANS will sit alongside UKFast, provided of cloud hosting services

For Mr Fletcher, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2014 Birthday Honours list, the sale of ANS will represent the pinnacle of a colourful career.

He has also chaired and invested in a string of tech businesses, and backed a push to encourage more women to work in the industry.

“The idea that IT is a ‘boys’ subject’ is outdated and needs to be changed,” he said several years ago.

Inflexion is understood to have seen off strong competition from rival private equity firms to secure the ANS deal.

ANS is being advised by bankers at Raymond James, while Inflexion is being advised by GCA Altium.

None of the parties contacted by Sky News would comment on Tuesday.

 Sky News

© Sky News 2021

Written by: Rother Radio News

Previous post

UK News

Global internet outage hits major websites – including the UK government site

A number of major websites have gone down around the world, including the UK government web pages.Those logging into to have been faced with a message saying "503 Service Unavailable". Other sites affected include news outlets The Guardian, Financial Times, Independent, New York Times, Evening Standard, Bloomberg and Le Monde as well as Reddit, eBay and Twitch.The Amazon retail website is also understood to be experiencing problems.It is unclear […]