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Civica snaffles up digital transformation player IPL

Civica UK has made it two acquisitions in less than two weeks with a deal to buy IPL Group

Civica continues to follow a strategy of expanding its expertise via acquisition after sealing a second deal in just a matter of days.

Just before the end of April the public sector specialist picked up Norwel Computer Services to bolster its presence in the legal sector.

It has followed that up with a move to buy digital transformation specialist IPL Group Limited for an undisclosed sum.

The deal means that Civica has swelled its ranks by an additional 370 people and an operation that is based in Bath with annual revenues close to £90m.

IPL has been going for 37 years and has a decent customer base across the public and private sectors, with the likes of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Environment Agency and Nationwide Building Society as clients.

“Organisations in both public and private sectors are looking to transform the way they work to engage customers more effectively and operate more efficiently, and there is increasing recognition that improvement is dependent on digital technology and automation. IPL brings specialist expertise and the combined business creates a market-leading digital solutions capability well placed to respond to the needs of customers,” said Simon Downing, group chief executive of Civica.

In response, Paul Jobbins, chief executive of the IPL Group, said that it was a good move for its staff, partners and customers.

“IPL’s skills, knowledge and capabilities are complementary to Civica’s, enabling the combined business to offer a broader range of solutions to a wider customer base at an important time in the market,” he said.

The Civica Group has acquired a fair few companies in the past and it appears to be getting warmed up for another year of expansion with the recent couple of deals.

Some of its other vertical acquisitions in the last couple of years  have included Keystone Asset Management Solutions, which operated in the social housing sector, and local government player Asidua Holdings.


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