FluidOne snaps up MSP Highlander Computing Solutions

FluidOne today announced the acquisition of Sheffield-based MSP Highlander Computing Solutions.

The cloud and networking aggregator claims the acquisition will boost revenue by 35%.

Highlander Computing Solutions focuses on enterprise IT infrastructure, SME IT managed services, enterprise IT cloud services and network security services.

FluidOne said the suite of services will now account for nearly 50% of the group’s portfolio.

Highlander Computing Solutions MD Steve Brown said, “When FluidOne approached us, we were not for sale. In fact, we have been approached many times in the past by other companies but never found the right person for our future.

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“However, when we spoke to FluidOne, it all fell into place. FluidOne provided the right cultural fit, excellent customer service and the opportunity to invest in Sheffield as a headquarters and growth center for SME IT and corporate IT infrastructure.

“I’m excited to bring our expertise to a wider customer base in the UK and strengthen our ability to offer our existing customers a wider range of FluidOne Connected Cloud services.”

FluidOne – Enhancing managed services in the SME segment

Chief executive Russell Horton said the addition of Highlander will help the company focus more on the SME market.

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“Bringing Highlander into the group is an exciting move for us as their services really complement those in our existing portfolio, further strengthening our connected cloud solutions and enabling us to Enterprises deliver powerful IT services.”

He added: “As I got to know Steve and his senior team, I realized they were a great fit for our strategy, with committed and skilled employees, excellent customer service, and a product portfolio that filled a gap in our IT offerings. We Have been working hard together to develop an ambitious plan to expand Highlander into a Center of Excellence within the FluidOne Group, leading a branch network for SME IT services in addition to its strength in enterprise IT infrastructure.”

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FluidOne management structure

Following the acquisition, Steve Brown will continue as managing director, while Rich Field, Highlander’s long-time chairman, will continue to serve as an advisor to the company’s board of directors.

FluidOne CEO Russell Horton will become Highlander’s chairman, and FluidOne directors Brendan Lynch, Chris Rogers and Roy Hastings will join Highlander as legal directors. “


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