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PwC acquires Polish cloud consultancy for European operation

PwC is buying Poland-based IT services firm Outbox to build its cloud skills and resources across Europe

PwC has acquired Poland-based IT services supplier Outbox to support its cloud-focused services in Europe.

About 250 employees of Outbox will move to PwC, taking its technology workforce in EMEA to 3,000.

Outbox specialises in digital and technology services, working with suppliers such as Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle and SAP.

“Outbox will allow us to present a truly differentiated offering, enabling us to deliver larger and more transformational solutions to businesses across the UK, Poland and the rest of Europe. It will also support one of the firm’s strategic priorities to further embed technology into its services,” said Jonathan Tate, EMEA technology consulting leader at PwC.

Ashley Unwin, UK and EMEA consulting leader at PwC, said the acquisition is a major milestone for PwC’s UK and central and eastern Europe business as well as its commitment to invest in emerging markets.

Unwin said a centre of excellence for customer and digital capabilities will be set up following the acquisition.

Outbox was set up 10 years ago in Poland. The company’s managing director Nicholas Mobbs will join PwC as a partner.

“Through dedication and hard work we have tapped into the wave of disruptive technological change, leading to considerable success across Europe with our unique position around a customer-first multi-technology strategy,” Mobbs said.

Poland is a popular country for businesses to take IT services from, and was ranked in the top 10 global services locations in a recent survey by AT Kearney.

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