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Brexit factor behind Computacenter Dublin expansion

Pressure from UK customers to have a nearby foothold in the EU was one of the driving factors behind the move by Computacenter into Ireland

Brexit has been one of the main reasons behind the decision by Computacenter to open its first office on the other side of the Irish channel.

The firm moved into offices in the heart of Dublin last month in a move not only designed to give it closer access to the Irish market but in response to the consequences of Brexit.

More of the channel giant's UK-based customers have been leaning on the firm to step into Ireland to make sure that it has a close presence in the EU.

The Dublin operation is being headed by James Farrell and is taking a full portfolio of products out to the Irish market with the expectation it will be hiring more staff next year.

“While we have conducted business with Irish customers in the past, this is our first permanent base in this geography, and a huge step in the right direction as we look to expand our footprint in the region. The timing is perfect, and these new offices will not only bring us much closer to our existing local customers, but also allow us to continue expanding our offerings and services to new customers,” said Neil Hall, Computacenter managing director UK & Ireland.

“We found there was high demand for a permanent Irish base, with many seeking greater business security ahead of the impending conclusion to Brexit," he added.

Computacenter does have existing operations in the EU in France and Germany and last month's Q3 results indicated that its geographic spread was paying off.

Group-wide revenues were up 27% to £931m, with services sales up 15% and supply chain up 33% - all on a reported revenue basis. UK sales improved by 8% to £335m, Germany was up by 26% to £453m, and in France revenues grew by 34% to £127m.

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