David gets the call for Success in Business Award

Published: 15 October 2012 at 14:02

Telecommunications high-flier receives special Anglia Ruskin Alumni accolade

Anglia Ruskin University graduate David Hyett, who is enjoying a sparkling career in the telecommunications industry, is the recipient of this year’s Alumni Success in Business Award, sponsored by the Luminus Group.

The 33-year-old, who lives in Chelmsford, graduated from Anglia Ruskin in 2001 with a BA (Hons) Business Administration degree and went on to become Managing Director of the Excalibur Group Ltd, which offers IT and mobile solutions to businesses across the UK, before forming his own company – Foneshop.com

David’s first role after leaving Anglia Ruskin was with MBO, a direct marketing agency.  After three years of unprecedented success for MBO, David was appointed as Marketing Manager at MR Plastic in 2004, where he increased yearly sales by 25% and started their highly successful mail order website project. 

It wasn’t long before David’s burgeoning reputation attracted the attention of telecommunications company Excalibur Group Ltd, and in 2005 David was installed as their new Marketing Manager.  His promotion was swift, joining the board as Marketing Director after just two years at the company and then becoming Managing Director in 2009.

In the period that David worked there, Excalibur doubled its turnover and dramatically expanded its product range.  Under David’s guidance, the company’s distribution business also flourished, increasing its turnover by 25%. 

David’s strong links with Anglia Ruskin were instrumental in securing two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), which gave Excalibur the expertise it needed to launch into new markets across Europe.

David has been keen to create opportunities for our students and graduates through various business support programmes such as mentoring, internships and Low Carbon KEEP, and also contribute to the future success of Anglia Ruskin’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School by offering his expertise as a guest lecturer.

In October 2010 he sold his stake in Excalibur to form his own company, Foneshop.com Ltd.  In the first year his turnover was £1.2m and he is on track to achieve a turnover of £2.5m this year. 

Sue Jacobs, Head of Alumni Relations at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“David is an excellent role model for our students and is a worthy winner of the 2012 Alumni Success in Business Award. Constantly pushing himself to succeed within new business environments and challenges, David has a bight future of entrepreneurial success ahead of him.
“From his Business Administration degree at Anglia Ruskin, to managing a multi-national company with over £15 million turnover and setting up his own business, David has brought exceptional skills, capabilities and dedication to both his studies and his career.”