IT consultancy expands service offering with acquisition

One of Wales’ leading IT consultancies has acquired an experienced Sage solutions provider, extending its software services available to clients to cover the full spectrum of IT support, as well as its geographical reach.

Newport-headquartered Certus Technology Group, which also has an office in Hemel Hempstead, has acquired Ensphere Consulting in a deal worth £2 million.

Certus TG is one of Wales’ fastest-growing technology consultancies, with a turnover of £4 million for the last financial year and 40 members of staff. It provides more than 120 clients across the UK with infrastructure and services ranging from managed IT support and security to advanced storage solutions, cloud services and desktop virtualisation.

Based in Warrington, Ensphere Consulting has a turnover of £2.8 million and employs 30 members of staff. It uses state-of-the-art Sage enterprise software to support around 90 clients across the UK. Ensphere’s technical expertise allows it to assess how clients operate and then identify IT solutions to improve operations, saving them time and money.

Nigel Griffiths, chief operating officer of Certus TG with more than 15 years’ experience working with Sage products, said: “This is an exciting time for the business, with this acquisition representing an important milestone in our expansion strategy. By combining these two businesses, it will help us to uncover opportunities in new marketplaces. We will be able to provide software solutions from Sage, as well as underlying infrastructure, IT support and business storage for businesses based across the UK.

“During last year, we took on five new members of staff across our Newport and Hemel Hempstead offices, as well as becoming the first company in Wales to be awarded Triple Gold Competency status from Microsoft, and to become an accredited Dell partner for desktop virtualisation. These significant industry accolades are important recognition of our work so far and inspire us to continue to develop and grow the business further. We will be retaining all of Ensphere’s existing staff and will be looking to expand the team in during 2015.

“We strive to deliver the most efficient and effective solutions for our clients, tailored to each business’ individual requirements, and this new acquisition will allow us to truly be a one-stop shop.”

Managing director of Ensphere Consulting, Wayne Nolan, who joins the board of Certus TG and will continue to oversee the Sage side of the business, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Certus TG group and believe that this move will have a positive impact on existing customers as we will now be able to providing businesses with all the IT technical and business-related services they may require.”

Certus TG is headquartered at Celtic Springs near Newport and was founded in 2001. Current clients include the Millennium Stadium, Freshwater, Broomfield & Alexander, Premier Global, Julian Hodge Bank, Tenovus and Watts Gregory LLP.