GCI mixes in Blue Chip  

Roger-Montgomery-warns-investors-against-buying-blue-chip-stocks-for-their-share-portfoliosGCI has written a cheque for managed services player Blue Chip completing the outfit’s fifth acquisition in 18 months.

GCI has bought names such as Outsourcery and Freedom, but the Blue Chip deal will add 500 staff and not far off £100 million in turnover.

It also adds full IT support to the services that GCI can offer, which should help meet customer demand for assistance with GDPR and digital transformation projects.

GCI CEO Adrian Thirkill said: “Our latest acquisition is another great name and is right up there with earlier acquisitions including Outsourcery and Freedom which have already added immeasurably to our capability. It’s a really simple story: we are continuing our commitment to finesse the shape and direction of GCI and align our services and solutions with our customers’ requirements across all sectors in large SME, mid-tier enterprise, strategic partners and UK Government. Digital transformation is here to stay and it naturally flows through to digital ‘business as usual.”

Richard Cook, managing director at Blue Chip, said that it was rare for two firms with a couple of decades experience each to come together so well.

“Blue Chip enables in-house IT staff to focus on front-end business improvement priorities while we monitor their digital heartbeat and take care of the routine stuff, that includes patching, backups, device management and much more,” said Cook.

” The big plus point is that we are there to help with strategic shaping providing solid advice backed by the combined learning of 40,000 deployments, a huge technical resource, and skills that span virtually every leading technology vendor and all environments: on-premise, private cloud, public cloud, hybrid. That’s a great mix for our customers which include some of the most prestigious names in the UK,” he added.