The addition of the managed service provider will support Bechtle’s growth strategy in the UK.

Bechtle announced the acquisition of UK-based ACS Systems, an MSP that focuses on cybersecurity, managed IT and cloud services. The move builds on an existing relationship between the two companies. In the past, Bechtle’s UK division and ACS have delivered a number of successful customer projects together.

Bechtle does not plan to make any massive changes in its former partner. The executive management team of ACS will retain its role and oversee the process of integrating the company into the Bechtle Group together with James Napp, Managing Director of Bechtle Direct UK.

ACS will complement Bechtle’s existing UK operations in Manchester and Chippenham. The firm currently employs 120 people in the UK, generating revenue well above €110 million.

Part of a wider growth strategy

With the purchase, Bechtle continues to execute its acquisition strategy, which for the first time saw sites outside Germany, Austria and Switzerland added to the company’s IT System House & Managed Services segment in 2021.

After expanding the segment into the Netherlands, Bechtle now strengthens its foothold in the British market with a much-expanded portfolio and the aim to establish a joint managed services platform to support customers.

“We see excellent prospects on the horizon of the British market with ACS”, said Konstantin Ebert, Executive Vice President for France, Benelux and UK, Bechtle AG. “We already have a successful track record together and are very positive that, by joining forces, both companies can offer huge added value in terms of end-to-end customer support.”

James Napp, Managing Director, Bechtle direct UK, hailed the deal. “ACS has a very experienced and highly capable team and will undoubtedly put us in a position to accelerate our growth and expand our offering for our customers. The cultural fit could not be better and we look forward to the opportunity to scale our mutual business together and become one of the top 10 IT solutions providers in the UK.”

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