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Arrow acquires second services business of the year

Arrow acquires second services business of the year

Arrow Business Communications has acquired another services company, this time UK-tec - its second acquisition of the year.

The deal provides Arrow with access to a range of network and security products and services - including a SD-WAN offering and managed services - and provides extensive experience in the UK channel.

UK-tec is built on the experience of serial entrepreneurs and technical specialists Ian Jackson, Matt Johnson and Ed Davison.

Ian Jackson, co-founder and managing director of UK-tec, said: “The acquisition advances our strategy by at least two years. Being part of the Arrow group provides us with the structure and capability to support the UK channel with a range of services, allowing them to flex and react to the needs of their customers as lockdown restrictions are relaxed.”

Richard Burke, CEO of Arrow Business Communications, added: “As a group we have been looking to accelerate the development of our SD-WAN, complex networking and wider channel offering.

“Bringing the UK-tec business into the group significantly enhances our capability in all of these areas, with the team providing strong technical leadership and experience that will benefit both the Arrow group and its channel partners.”

This March, Arrow acquired network solutions company Complete Networks, which is a provider of critical managed WAN and LAN solutions - with a number of hospitals and two ambulance services among its customer base.

The value of the latest acquisition has not been disclosed. Surrey, England-headquartered Arrow specialises in telephony, data, IT and energy solutions for businesses. It has annual sales of over £49m and 250 staff.

Arrow acquired Scotland-based cloud services provider Click Networks last September, its second acquisition in 2020. Click Networks' services include IT consultancy, cloud services, security analysis, hosted telephony and connectivity, and is a Microsoft Gold Partner.

In July 2020, Arrow acquired Altinet, an international provider of IT security and storage services.