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Block extends healthcare reach with Innov8 buy

Managed services player Block has shuffled its senior management and struck out on the acquisition trail

Managed services and digitsl transformation player Block has snapped up Innov8 to bolster its position in the health sector.

Innov8 has been running for four years and carved out a strong reputation in the health market with customers including University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

The firm was set up by Ian Smith and Tracey Doucet and both will be joining the Block executive board creating a combined company with revenues of more than £30m and 120 staff.

“We firmly believe that this new strategic alliance provides significant opportunities for our customers, building further on our shared values, successful track record and growth”, said Doucet, co-founder of Innov8.

“Together we are stronger and hold a unique depth of healthcare expertise, experience and transformative technology capabilities," she added.

The expertise that the expanded Block will deliver will include IaaS, cloud, managed services, connectivity, data centre and end user computing.

“Block has always believed in building true partnerships with clients to drive impactful change through technology, particularly within UK healthcare," said Marc Chang, CEO & co-founder, Block.

"It is wonderful to welcome Innov8 as a Block company, who so clearly not only share in our values, but also in our approach. We are very excited about the enhanced capabilities, insight and experience created for our customers as we move forward in unison”, he added.

The acquisition comes just days after Block co-founder Jon Pickering left the company and Chang took on the role of CEO.

Pickering has gone to pursue "other ambitions and interests" giving Chang the chance to take the company into its next chapter.

“I am very much looking forward to leading Block through its next phase of growth. We’re committed to helping our clients by sharing our vertical expertise and knowledge with those who recognise how business transformation can be achieved through the intelligent and innovative use of technology. I’d like to thank Jon for his leadership and contribution over the last 11 years, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours," said Chang.

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