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Excalibur extends IT data reach with Devision buy

Excalibur has added a third IT reseller to its ranks after moving to acquire West Country player Devision

Excalibur first moved into the IT data market four years ago as it looked to build beyond its comms roots to deliver more of a complete solution.

It has continued in that vein after revealing it has acquired Chippenham-based IT player Devision, for an undisclosed sum.

Devision marks the first data acquisition since Bridge Solutions was picked up in January 2012, which came on the back of a deal for Emnico in November 2011.

The first couple of IT players that it added to the fold were Microsoft gold partners and provided a level of market knowledge that would have been hard to have gained organically.

Devision comes with a strong background in managed services and gives Swindon-based Excalibur even more coverage in the South West.

“Like ourselves, Devision provide managed services, where they have a very good reputation.  The acquisition brings us new customers in some exciting new sectors, together with highly skilled members of the Devision team," said James Phipps, CEO at Excalibur.

“With Devision, we have again been very careful to gain the right cultural fit”, added Phipps.  “As part of our sustained growth plan, this latest acquisition gives our new and existing customers even more in the way of first class support and services”.

Excalibur moved into a larger HQ building in Swindon last year, which would give it the extra capacity to support further growth.

Phipps spoke to MicroScope last year and commented that although on paper it might look like a straightforward pitch to get customers to buy comms and IT from a single source it required a careful approach. He pointed out that trust was crucial if users were going to put more of their eggs into a single basket.

In its most recent figures Excalibur (as Group company Excalibur Unified Communications Ltd) increased its turnover from £7.03M to £7.67M for the year ending 2014 and delivered pre tax profits of £649,000.

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