Cardiff – CFI UK is pleased to announce that they acted as lead advisor to the shareholders of Certus on its sale to SysGroup.
Certus is a mid-sized end-to-end managed IT services provider based in Newport, South Wales. Certus was founded in 2000 and currently provides services to approximately 130 customers who typically have 50-250 users. Customers include Admiral, Confused.com, gocompare.com, Hugh James and London Executive Offices.
The company manages its own data center within the 250,000 sq ft Next Generation Data facility in Newport. Certus is well invested with 80 racks under management enabling the provision of contracted managed services and cloud services.
Certus is a Gold Partner of Dell EMC and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner; it was named Dell EMC’s ‘cloud partner of the year’ in 2015. Certus now employs more than 40 members of staff.
SysGroup is an established managed services provider. Founded in 2007, SysGroup transformed itself from a mass-market web hosting provider to an IT services and cloud hosting provider in 2016, growing through both organic means and by acquisition. The Group now provides a range of cloud hosting, managed IT services and security solutions to its clients operating in different market verticals including insurance, retail, financial services, not for profit and education. Services provided include Public Cloud, Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud; managed infrastructure; virtualization; IT support; DRaaS and BaaS; IT security and penetration testing; enterprise grade and SLA backed connectivity; and cloud and technology consultancy services.
The Group has offices in Liverpool, London, Coventry and Telford and employs more than 80 people. SysGroup was awarded the ‘Security Vendor of the Year – SME’ award at the Computing Excellence Security Awards 2018 and has customers that include Home Bargains, the Royal Albert Hall, Sega and North Wales Police.
The Acquisition is in line with the Group’s stated strategy of augmenting its organic growth with select acquisitions. Certus is an established and growing managed services provider which has a complementary service offering, geographical reach and customer base to SysGroup. Certus will help to bolster the Group’s existing managed service offerings, by expanding the Enlarged Group’s current IaaS customers base, significantly adding to its managed connectivity portfolio and further strengthening the existing relationship with Dell EMC by upgrading the Group to gold partner status. In addition, the Group’s consultative led sales approach and security focus will assist with generating cross-selling opportunities into the Certus customer base.
Paul Brown, CEO of Certus, added: “We are excited to be joining forces with SysGroup and look forward to continuing our growth and enhancing our market strength as a combined entity. Our shared culture of putting customers first and our flexibility and commitment to delivering solutions, will bring untold advantages and business opportunities to both the enlarged group and our extended customer base moving forward.”
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