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Comms specialist Excalibur has started the year with an acquisition that will build on its presence in the education market.
The Swindon-based firm has a track record of buying resellers that have the expertise it needs to expand beyond its orginial comms background and has added some Microsoft specialists over the past few years to establish itself as both a voice and data player.
The decision to purchase Techs4Education, for an undisclosed fee, marks the fifth acquisition in the last seven years and gives the firm the chance to deepen the support it can offer education customers in the South of England. It builds on the move it made in April last year purchasing the support services division of Ntegra.
The Techs4Education brand will be retained and the existing Excalibur education operatons will also be re-branded under the same name.
“The addition of Techs4Education complements our existing education practice and grows our presence in a sector which is important to the business. Techs4Education has a strong reputation for making sure its schools have reliable and effective IT solutions and, like Excalibur, believes in delivering only the highest levels of service," said Peter Boucher, CEO of Excalibur.
"IT and communications is complicated for any organisation and particularly for schools. By joining forces with Techs4Education we can reach more schools and support them in harnessing the latest technology for effective classroom learning," he added.
The response from the acquired firm came from Steve Worthington, CEO of Techs4Education, said that the firm had achieved a fair amount over the eight years of its lifespan and the tie-up with Excalibur would help it reach the next stage.
"Our knowledge of the sector, combined with the depth of resources available from Excalibur will enable us to broaden the IT and Telecommunications solutions we provide to schools," he said.