Outsourced IT support services firm Comms-care has embarked on the acquisition trail with a swoop for another north west company.

Comms-care, based in Northwich, Cheshire, has bought Platform Consultancy Services, of Runcorn, for an undisclosed sum.

The deal takes annual revenues for the enlarged Comms-care business to more than £30m and its workforce to over 250.

Comms-care is seeking additional acquisition opportunities to further expand the company’s range of IT services.

A team at HURST Corporate Finance, led by partner Nigel Barratt and including Ian Dawson, advised Comms-care on the deal.

Nigel said:

“Platform Consultancy Services is an excellent strategic fit for Comms-care, as it complements the company’s existing capabilities and strengthens its market position.

“We look forward to continuing to work with management of the enlarged business on further acquisition opportunities in the future.”

Privately-owned Comms-care, which was founded in 2002, provides IT support and maintenance to more than 700 IT resellers, distributors and vendors across the UK, Ireland and Europe.

Platform, also established in 2002, provides professional IT services to many of the UK’s leading resellers, integrators and distributors.

Following the deal, Platform board members Sean Armstrong, Andrew Mansfield and Nigel Roberts will remain with the business and continue to drive forward their relevant technology streams.

Platform’s partner director Simon Day joins the Comms-care board as professional services director and will be responsible for all Platform-related business.

The deal follows a stellar year for Comms-care and enables it to expand its presence in the IT professional services market as it seeks to grow its customer propositions around Microsoft, VMWare, Citrix and NetApp technologies.

Managing director Ben Davies said:

“Platform is a perfect fit for Comms-care because it already delivers high-end IT professional services in technology areas that our customers have immediate requirements for.

“We invest substantial time forging close relationships with our customers to ensure our services proposition is aligned with the needs of their business, and the addition of Platform will bolster these relationships further by demonstrating our commitment to both them and the industry as a whole.

“We have seen a huge increase in requests from our partner base to provide more professional services around emerging Microsoft technologies such as Office 365, Lync, Hyper-V, Service Centre as well as Citrix and VMware virtualisation solutions.

“The business combination with Platform enables us to meet that demand while still providing levels of service our partners have come to expect.”

Simon Day said:

“We are very excited to be joining a business of Comms-care’s calibre. It will ensure that all of our existing customers will not only continue to receive first-class IT professional services but will also have access to a wider portfolio of services and infrastructure.

“Many of our customers are Comms-care’s too, so it makes sense to join forces and provide all customers with an enriched collaborative services model.”