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Jarvis enters channel with stake in reseller

Dominic Hall
Construction group Jarvis is to add a channel element to its portfolio of services through the acquisition of a 51 per cent stake in Watford-based reseller MPC.

The London Stock Exchange-listed operation plans to use the acquisition to add an IT supply and services component to its core private finance initiative (PFI) schools and universities building management and maintenance business.

Jarvis works with local education authorities to build, manage and maintain schools and university accommodation.

MPC managing director Mehool Sanghrajka told MicroScope the acquisition would bring in increased revenues and make the firm a major player in the indirect education market.

Sanghrajka claimed the education market was more open because of the government's strategy to pass more IT buying decisions on to individual schools rather than local education authorities.

"Research Machines and Viglen are both direct, so the market is fragmented. We have close ties with Acer and it is a larger player in education, so I suspect within two years we will be among the top suppliers," he said.

Sanghrajka added he expected the company to benefit from the government's recent cash injection for information and communications technologies (ICT) in schools.

A Jarvis spokesman said the company's existing ICT division would be incorporated into a joint venture with MPC, to be called JMPC. He added the group currently had PFI contracts with 96 schools.

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