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FluidOne targets SMEs with Highlander acquisition

FluidOne, the £92 million turnover provider of connected cloud solutions, has expanded its reach in the North of England and filled gaps in its IT offering with the acquisition of Sheffield-based Highlander Computing Solutions Ltd, a supplier of enterprise IT infrastructure and IT managed services for SMEs.

The acquisition will add 35% to FluidOne’s annual revenues and increase the proportion of its business represented by IT infrastructure, IT managed services, IT cloud services and cyber security services to nearly 50%.

Highlander’s offering builds on that of Marathon Information Technology Services, acquired by FluidOne last May, which focuses on cloud transformation, modern workplace, security and contact centre services for the mid-market and enterprises.

FluidOne CEO Russell Horton said: “Bringing Highlander into the group is an exciting move for us as their services really complement those in our existing portfolio, further strengthening our Connected Cloud solutions, as well as enabling us to bring a strong IT service offering to small and medium enterprises.”

FluidOne plans to scale Highlander as a centre of excellence for IT managed services for customers with 10-200 employees and turn FluidOne IT teams based in Cheltenham, Colgate and London into a branch network providing local account management and engineering.

Steve Brown, who will remain Managing Director of Highlander, said: “FluidOne provides the right cultural fit, quality customer service and the opportunity to invest in Sheffield as an HQ and growing hub for SME IT and for enterprise IT infrastructure. I’m excited to bring our expertise to a wider customer base across the UK and to strengthen what we can provide our existing customers with wider FluidOne Connected Cloud services.”

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