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GCI snaps up Blue Chip

GCI continues to use acquisition as a strategy to expand its portfolio with managed services player Blue Chip being added to the fold

Acquisitions are becoming a way of life at GCI with the managed services player sealing its fifth deal in the space of 18 months.

The firm has been in the headlines before due to its purchases of Outsourcery and Freedom and has now added Blue Chip to the list of firms it has picked up.

The addition of the Blue Chip managed services business takes GCI to 500 staff and not far off £100m in turnover.

It also adds full IT support to the services that GCI can offer, which should help meet customer demand for assistance with GDPR and digital transformation projects.

“Our latest acquisition is another great name and is right up there with earlier acquisitions including Outsourcery and Freedom which have already added immeasurably to our capability," said GCI CEO Adrian Thirkill.

"It’s a really simple story: we are continuing our commitment to finesse the shape and direction of GCI and align our services and solutions with our customers’ requirements across all sectors in large SME, mid-tier enterprise, strategic partners and UK Government. Digital transformation is here to stay and it naturally flows through to digital ‘business as usual’," he added.

Richard Cook, managing director at Blue Chip, said that it was rare for two firms with a couple of decades experience each to come together in a complimentary way.

“Blue Chip enables in-house IT staff to focus on front-end business improvement priorities while we monitor their digital heartbeat and take care of the routine stuff, that includes patching, backups, device management and much more," said Cook.

"But that’s only part of it. The big plus point is that we are there to help with strategic shaping providing solid advice backed by the combined learning of 40,000 deployments, a huge technical resource, and skills that span virtually every leading technology vendor and all environments: on-premise, private cloud, public cloud, hybrid. That’s a great mix for our customers which include some of the most prestigious names in the UK," he added.

The fifth pillar

The addition of Blue Chip means that GCI can add a fifth pillar to the business - Full IT Support.

The support business will sit alongside UCaaS, Cloud, Security & Compliance, and Network & Infrastructure.

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