Fluidata & One Point combine to create leading edge data connectivity services

13—10—2016

Rigby Group has announced that its mobility specialist One Point and data delivery business Fluidata are to combine their services, creating an end-to-end connectivity offering poised to make a significant impact upon a UK marketplace where demand for data services continues to rise at an exponential rate.

As FluidOne, the combined service will provide an innovative and comprehensive approach to a fixed and mobile connectivity market set for rapid and continued growth, providing mid-range enterprises with a through the line solution to the challenge of transporting, protecting and maintaining data across multiple teams and locations.

The deal will see the combined entity significantly increase its scale and footprint at a stroke, with the business now targeting future expansion to grow annuity services to £50 million.

Steve Rigby, Chief Operating Officer of Rigby Group, said: “Fluidata and One Point are a natural fit. They are both innovative, award-winning companies with a progressive approach and clear vision for the future, and as FluidOne, we anticipate they will offer a combined strength and expertise capable of powering significant growth in an increasingly important sector.

“Data is fast becoming the 4th utility. It is the lifeblood of the 21st Century economy, and we believe that by offering an unrivalled set of capabilities underpinning its efficient & cost effective delivery will rapidly create major opportunities across the UK economy and beyond.”

Rigby Group invested in Fluidata in June 2015 to boost its capabilities in innovative high speed data connectivity solutions to the corporate, industry and public sectors.

The company subsequently took a controlling stake in One Point in December 2015, adding mobile voice and data capability to complete its managed service offering.

Now, a combination of Fluidata’s award-winning Layer-2 and Layer-3 delivery capabilities - combined with One Point’s simplified delivery of mobile voice and data services - will allow the strategic partnership to offer an end-to-end set of gold-standard technologies to the data telecoms market.

John Taylor, Executive Director at Rigby Group Investments, added: “The FluidOne launch represents the latest milestone in an ongoing data services strategy, underlining our determination to offer greater flexibility and value to our customers and the wider market and providing a stable foundation for the group’s evolving Data Telecoms operations.”

About Rigby Group

Rigby Group plc is the parent company for a portfolio of family-owned and highly successful businesses operating across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Diversifying from its origins as a principally technology-led business, Rigby Group plc has evolved across the last 40 years - through smart, strategic acquisitions - into a £1.8Bn British success story with 7,500 employees.

Rigby Group comprises six key divisions: Aviation (British International Helicopters and Capital Air Ambulance), Technology (SCC – Europe’s largest independent IT services business), Airports (Regional & City Airports, Norwich Airport, Exeter Airport and Coventry Airport), Hotels (the Eden Hotel Collection), Real Estate (Rigby & Rigby super prime property development, Rigby Group Real Estate and Imperial Park, Coventry) and Finance (Rigby Private Equity, Rigby Investments and Rigby Capital).

With two generations of the Rigby family at the helm, Rigby Group has built a distinguished reputation as both an investor and business operator; renowned for its independent thinking, seamless execution and a peerless approach to acquiring and nurturing businesses to unleash their potential. Our target, within the next decade, is to double the achievements of the past 40 years - creating a £4Bn business by 2025 that will make Rigby Group, arguably, the most successful wholly-owned family business the UK has ever produced.

About Fluidata

Fluidata pioneers innovative, high-speed Internet services, including an award-winning Service Exchange Platform that provides Layer-2 access to a wide range of Tier-1 connectivity carriers across the UK and Europe. Fluidata is an independent telecommunications carrier, and so it not tied into relationships with single suppliers. This enables it to create bespoke solutions with increased flexibility that directly targets the needs of each individual client.

About One Point

One Point’s vision to deliver world voice and data solutions, and is now one of the leading providers in the market. As leading experts in the industry, we believe we’re much more than a service provider - we have the expertise, experience and thought leadership to deliver not only the right solution for businesses but also offer greater industry insight. Working hard to deliver a second-to-none service, we are proud of the vast array of clients in our portfolio. What’s unique about us here at One Point is that we help understand your issues and work collaboratively with platforms and partners to ensure you have the right solution for your voice and data needs.

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Judy Groves, Marketing Director, Rigby Group
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Revenues and profits climb as Rigby Group positioned for major growth

10—10—2016

Monday, October 10th, 2016: Rigby Group (RG) plc, the parent company for a portfolio of family-owned and highly successful businesses operating across Europe and the Middle East., has published its final results for the year to 31 March 2016.

The Group - which comprises six core divisions covering technology, airports, hotels, real estate, financial services and aviation - announced an increase in revenues of £1.79bn up 10.8% on the previous year. Group EBITDA rose to £54.4m, up 47.6%. Profit before tax rose 23.5% to £22.3m compared with the previous 12 months.

The Group, which was formed 41 years ago by Sir Peter Rigby and is run by him with his sons Steven and James, is on course to double in size by 2025, creating a £1bn market value diversified business. This would make it one of the most successful wholly-owned family businesses the UK has ever produced.

Rigby Group Highlights

• Consolidated revenues from continuing operations up by 10.8% to £1.79bn (2015: £1.61bn);

• EBITDA (before exceptional items) for the continuing operations up 47.6% to £54.4m (2015: £36.8m);

• Group pre-tax profit of continuing operations, before exceptional items, of £22.9m (2015: £20.9m);

• Group total pre-tax profit of £22.3m (2015: £18.1), an increase of 23.5%;

• Consolidated net assets of£282.3m (2015: £257.2m);

• Year-end net cash (cash less debt plus current asset investments) of £62.1m (2015: £116.0m);

• Gross cash at year end was £109.5m (2015: £135.7m);

• Current asset investments at year end of £44.3m (2015: £59.0m);

The group continues to be active from a merger and acquisitions markets across its portfolio interests, with five acquisitions completed in the year and three post year end.

Sir Peter Rigby, Founder and CEO of the Rigby Group, said: “With two generations of the family at the helm, Rigby Group has built a distinguished reputation as both an investor and business operator; renowned for its independent thinking, seamless execution and a peerless approach to acquiring and nurturing businesses to unleash their potential. This approach has underpinned the success of the Group today as shown in these results.”

Steven Rigby, Group Chief Operating Officer, said: “The hard work of the last three years is now paying off. We no longer have a single business but a capable Group, which in time will transform into one of the UK’s most profitable private companies.

“We have exciting new divisions set to transform the landscape of the Group and it is clear in time that the business will have a number of material £100m plus value divisions. 2016 marks the Rigby Group’s transformation from an organisation focused almost entirely on technology services to a diverse vibrant group showing profitable growth across each of its divisions.”

Technology - SCC

SCC EMEA Group

• SCC EMEA generated revenues of £1.55bn (2015: £1.56bn), with EBITDA for the continuing operations down 5.1% at £32.8m (2015: £34.6m);

• SCC EMEA has made significant progress on its continued transition to a managed service and solutions led business.

• SCC Vietnam launched in 2016, based in Ho Chi Minh City, delivering two main activities: providing level 3&4 infrastructure support to customers, and the creation of an Offshore Development Centre to accelerate the development of custom applications.

• Operations of SCD Morocco terminated during the year.

SCC UK (combined Specialist Computer Centres plc and M2 Digital Limited)

• SCC UK 2016 revenue £653m, down 1%, low margin product revenues down by £35m, largely compensated by £22m of higher margin services revenues;

• Total Services revenues reached £177m, up 11% and accounting for 27% of total UK revenues (17% in 2013);

• Data Centre Services (DCS) revenues up 67% to £43m;

• EBITDA up 29% to £24.9m;

• Share of margins from Services up to 66% of overall margins (2015: 63%, 2013: 52%);

• Total investment in Cloud Delivered Managed Services (CDMS) across Rigby Group exceeds £60m;

• Continued investment in Data Centre, with two major Data Centre expansion projects underway in Birmingham and Fareham, increasing capacity to 3,000 racks (up 300% over the last three years)

• Key DCS wins include Konica Minolta, Next, Clarke Wilmott, Ince & Co, Arnold Clarke, and NHS Blood and Transplant;

• Annualised DCS Revenues of£52m at year end, up 51% from 2015, and of which 80% is repeatable revenues, underpinning SCC’s strategy for annuity revenues and continued profitability;

• Sentinel by SCC (SCC’s secure multi-tenanted cloud platform) revenues up 120% to £8m (2015:£3.6m). Key wins included Sodexo, Oxford City Council and Department for Works and Pensions;

• M2, Europe’s leading Managed Print Service (MPS) business and SCC MPS revenues up 21% to £46m, delivering EBITDA of £4.8m, up 48%;

• M2 employs over 230 staff, has 24,000 devices under management and has expanded its regional office network in the UK to 7 offices, including a dedicated public sector division;

• In April 2016, launched Universal Cloud Gateway service, a cloud brokerage portal enabling customers to easily procure both public and SCC cloud solutions.

SCC France

• SCC France recorded an EBITDA performance at €13.3m;

• Overall revenue in France closed on €1.1bn, an increase of 10%;

• Flowline acquired in April 2016, a data centre infrastructure and services business with a presence in Paris and Lyon, as part of the group’s strategy to develop its service business in France.

• One of the 5 largest British businesses, and one of the top 10 infrastructure providers in France, with over 2,000 employees based in 23 locations.

SCC Spain

• SCC Spain grew turnover by 5% to €64m;

• Services turnover increased by 7%;

• Underlying EBITDA of €0.3m achieved in the year;

• 150 staff operating from 6 locations

SCC Romania

• SCC Romania grew revenues by 28% to €15m;

• Underlying EBITDA of €0.6m achieved in the year;

• Over 1,000 employees based in 3 locations, as Global Delivery Centre to the group and its customers;

• Named Outsourcing Company of the Year at prestigious Regional IT and Outsourcing Awards (PIN 2016), and SSC Company of the Year at Romanian Outsourcing Awards for Excellence.

Airports – Regional & City Airports

• Airports division handled 170,000 flights and processed 1.6m passengers through three owned airports (Exeter International Airport, Norwich International Airport, Coventry Airport) and three managed airports (Blackpool airport, City of Derry Airport and Solent Airport Daedalus);

• Total airport revenues reduced marginally (0.8%) to £34.5m;

• Passenger numbers up 3% and 2% at Exeter and Norwich Airports respectively;

• EBITDA, excluding exceptional items, increased by 36.3% to £5.6m compared to a £4.1m in 2015.

• New routes introduced at Exeter and Norwich

Hotels – Eden Hotel Collection

• Hotel division owns or operates eight luxury hotels in the Midlands and South West, with total of 242 bedrooms and 22 three bedroom lodges;

• AA Hospitality Awards’ Small Hotel Group of the Year in 2014-2015;

• Tides Reach hotel acquired in January 2014 to be redeveloped, sold in March 2016;

• Over 67,000 room nights sold in 2016, with revenues up by 14.9% to £17.4m;

• EBITDA up by 264.4% £1.7m (2015: £0.5m), including £1.1m gain on disposal of Tides Reach. EBITDA Up 18.4% excluding Tides Reach gain.

• Brockencote Hall awarded Gold Award in Visit England: Awards for Excellence – Small Hotel of the Year in May 2015, Mallory Court awarded Bronze;

• Refurbishment of ground floor, Elan Spa and some bedrooms at Bovey Castle completed during the year;

• New Elan Spa, with 12 additional bedrooms, being developed at Mallory Court Hotel at a total cost of £6.5m, scheduled for completion during the first quarter of 2017;

• Planning permission granted for additional bedrooms at Greenway Hotel & Spa and new function room, Elan Spa and additional bedrooms at Brockencote Hall Hotel.

Real Estate

• The real estate division continues to develop its two core businesses: super prime London residential development (via Rigby & Rigby); and commercial property development;

• Award winning Rigby & Rigby continues to have a strong market presence in London;

• New development brand, Imperial Park, launched in the year and first development underway, a £50.6m Gross Development Value (GDV) development of three warehouses totalling 575,000 ft2 on a 30 acre site next to Coventry Airport;

• Total revenues up 21.4% to £15.4m (2015: £12.7m);

• EBITDA up 972.7% to £12.6m (2015: £1.2m), including net fair value gains of £11.8m on investment properties;

• Profit before tax of £12.1m (2015: £0.7m);

• Post year end, planning permission granted to develop Whitley South Technology Campus to the north of Coventry Airport.

Financial Services

• Rigby Capital commenced actively trading in the UK during the year, generating £21.6m of revenues from lease activations in the 10 month period since May 2015, and breaking even for the year (2015: EBITDA loss of £0.4m);

• Rigby Capital closed the financial year with a pipeline of £120m+ leasing value;

• Rigby Private Equity made its first acquisitions of Wick Hill Group in July 2015, and Zycko Group in December 2015, which were included in the newly branded Nuvias Group;

• Nuvias Group generated revenues of £133.0m (2015: £Nil), and EBITDA of £1.9m (2015: loss of £0.3m);

• Rigby Technology Investments (“RTI”) commenced operations with acquisition of 51% of Fluidata in April 2015, 60% of One Point in August 2015 and 25% of Sip Communications in August 2015;

• RTI development focussed on Cloud, Data and Voice with integrated mobile, hosted PBX and SIP propositions utilising common shared service infrastructures;

• RTI generated revenues of £19.3m (2015: £Nil) and EBITDA of £1.7m (2015: £Nil);

• Investment portfolio incurred loss before tax of £4.0m (2015: profit before tax of £6.1m) due to the well-publicised market turmoil during the year. Investments of £44.7m (2015: £59.0m) held at year end, and investment returns post year end have improved as global markets recover.

Aviation – British International Helicopters

• Air medical operations rebranded “Capital Air Ambulance” during the year;

• Major contract started on 1 April 2016 to provide combined Search and Rescue (“SAR”) and Support Helicopter Services in the Falklands for 10 years. The contract, serviced by BIH together with AAR Airlift and Air Rescue Services has a total contract value of £180m;

• Division restructured to reduce reliance on general aviation and increase reliance on services underpinned by long term contracts, resulting in closure of Redhill facilities during the year;

• Fleet expanded by the acquisitions of Lear 45 jet and Cessna Citation XLS+;

• Revenues generated of £16.1m (2015: £13.6m), an increase of 18.4%;

• EBITDA of £0.7m, up 35.6% on prior year (2015: £0.5m);


Rigby Group article - The Telegraph


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Nuvias acquires SIPHON Networks

04—10—2016

SIPHON Networks set to expand in UK and across EMEA

London, England: 4th October 2016: 13.00 hrs BST - Nuvias Group, the pan-EMEA, high value distribution business, today announced the acquisition of SIPHON Networks, a leading unified communications (UC) solutions and technology integrator for the channel. The deal will see Nuvias making a significant investment in SIPHON to accelerate the integrator’s expansion, both in the UK and across EMEA.

Paul Eccleston, CEO Nuvias Group, said: “SIPHON is a great business with an exceptional reputation in the UC market. Its focus on high level service and solutions capabilities for the channel is perfectly aligned with the Nuvias Group philosophy and strategy. SIPHON is also highly complementary to the cyber security, advanced networking and UC capabilities of Wick Hill and Zycko, the existing businesses in the Group.

SIPHON will continue to operate from the same location, with the same staff and the same management team, led by Steve Harris, who will remain as managing director. “We will protect what has already been built by SIPHON,” added Eccleston. “We will enhance it through the other capabilities in the Nuvias Group, and we will expand it, taking it across EMEA.”

Steve Harris, managing director for SIPHON Networks, said: “This is a great opportunity for SIPHON staff, vendor partners and customers. It enables us to accelerate our growth plans and expand geographically in the UK and EMEA, as part of a much larger organisation, which shares our core beliefs and dedication to high service levels, and has the resources to help us realise our goals.”

About Nuvias Group
Nuvias Group is the pan-EMEA, high value distribution business being built by Rigby Private Equity (RPE) to redefine international, specialist value distribution in IT. The Group provides a common proposition and consistent delivery across EMEA, allowing channel and vendor communities to deliver exceptional business value to customers, and enabling new standards of channel success.

The Group today consists of Wick Hill, an award-winning, value-added distributor with a strong specialisation in security; Zycko, an award-winning, specialist EMEA distributor, with a focus on advanced networking; and SIPHON Networks, an award-winning UC solutions and technology integrator for the channel. All three companies have proven experience at providing innovative technology solutions from world-class vendors, and delivering market growth for vendor partners and customers. The Group has seventeen regional offices across EMEA, as well as serving additional countries through those offices. Turnover is in excess of US$ 330 million.

About SIPHON
Headquartered in the UK, SIPHON Networks Ltd. (SIPHON) is a leading, international unified communications (UC) solutions and technology integrator for channel partners who want to deploy either cloud-based or premise-based UC technology, solutions and services. The award-winning* company was established in 2009 as a systems integrator to support service providers launching innovative cloud telephony services, by deploying carefully selected products to create a single, integrated and centralised platform.

Through its work with service providers and resellers across Europe, SIPHON has honed a unique skillset around its professional and technical support services, growing from strong niche UC distributor to trusted technology-enablement partner to many of the industry’s key UC players. SIPHON is now at the forefront of UC innovation, supporting channel partners who want to deliver a full UC experience to their customers. This includes Microsoft Lync/Skype for Business, as well as a suite of video and collaboration solutions.

*In autumn 2015, SIPHON was ranked 23rd fastest growing technology company in the UK and one of the fastest growing technology companies in EMEA by Deloitte. In January 2016, SIPHON was named Polycom’s Circle of Excellence Partner of the Year, EMEA - West

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Fourth region added to Nuvias EMEA structure

07—09—2016

Nuvias acquires value-added distribution business in Dubai

London, UK: 7/9/16: 8.00 hrs BST - Specialist EMEA distributor, the Nuvias Group, announces it has added a fourth region, MEA, to its regional EMEA structure. The other three Nuvias Group regions are Northern, Central and Southern Europe.

Nuvias has acquired SCD, a distributor operating out of Dubai. The new office will now act as a hub for Nuvias’ MEA activities, covering all parts of the Gulf Co-operation Council1 (GCC) area, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

This is the latest development in the strong growth and development plans of Nuvias, which was established in July 2016. Nuvias is building an EMEA-wide, high-value, specialist distribution business, with a common proposition and consistent delivery. The strategy is to redefine value distribution to the channel, enabling the channel and vendor community to deliver exceptional business value to their customers and creating new standards of channel success.

Also being announced today is the setting up of the Nuvias Cyber Security Practice at the Dubai office, which includes vendors Unitrends (cloud empowered continuity solutions), Malwarebytes (advanced malware prevention and remediation), Black Duck (open source security and management) and Netskope (cloud data loss prevention).

Other recent vendor signings for Nuvias in the MEA region include JetNEXUS (load balancing), Lifesize (videoconferencing) and Tintri (VM-aware storage for virtualisation and the cloud).

Nuvias has already recruited several new staff for the MEA office bringing the current total up to 16. These include recent recruit Muneeb Anjum, the new sales director. Anjum has twelve years’ experience in the IT sector, with a proven track record in managing channel partners across the Middle East and extensive experience in successfully introducing new solutions to market.

Paul Eccleston, head of Nuvias Group, commented: “We are delighted to be announcing today the opening of our Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, completing our regional coverage of EMEA. MEA is a very important part of the region and a significant opportunity for us, our vendor partners and our customers.

“We have been working hard to bring the cyber security, advanced networking and unified comms capability of Wick Hill and Zycko to this region. With the acquisition of the business in Dubai, operating across the region, and the recruitment of Muneeb Anjum, which will be followed by further additions to the team very soon, this is an exciting development for Nuvias and we look forward to bringing more capability and vendors to the region quickly.”

Alasdair Kilgour, regional VP MEA for Nuvias, commented: “It's both exciting and a privilege to be part of the Nuvias team and I look forward to leading the growth of the business across MEA and beyond. We will do this firstly by enabling our vendor partners locally to experience the same high standard of value-added service they already receive from the Group across Europe; secondly by expanding our channel partner community through our solution distribution philosophy; and thirdly by geographic expansion. We are exhibiting at Gitex in October at the Dubai World Trade Centre, which will give us a great platform to show the industry what Nuvias in the MEA region can offer.”

About Nuvias Group
Nuvias Group is the pan-EMEA, high value distribution business being built by Rigby Private Equity (RPE), to redefine international, specialist value distribution in IT. The Group provides a common proposition and consistent delivery across EMEA, allowing channel and vendor communities to deliver exceptional business value to customers, and enabling new standards of channel success.

The Group today consists of Wick Hill, an award-winning, value-added distributor with a strong specialisation in security; and Zycko, an award-winning, specialist EMEA distributor, with a focus on advanced networking. Both companies have proven experience at providing innovative technology solutions from world-class vendors, and delivering market growth for vendor and reseller partners alike. The Group has fourteen regional offices across EMEA and turnover is in excess of US$ 300 million.

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SCS, the HR, Payroll & Data Services division of SCC, has acquired Pyramid

01—08—2016

SCS, the HR, Payroll & Data Services division of SCC, has moved to secure its long-term future and deliver a fresh, flexible, and innovative solution with the acquisition of Pyramid.

SCC is Europe’s largest independent technology services business, running IT infrastructure and services for over 2,500 public & private sector customers in more than 50 countries.

Pyramid, an independent software house staffed with HR & Payroll professionals, designs, codes, markets, and supports a fully integrated, single database product that is recognised as a practical and functional HR & Payroll solution addressing all aspects of personnel management.

The investment sees SCS take full ownership of Pyramid’s existing customer base, software IP, and ongoing support and expertise in the form of its development team. It represents the first time SCS takes direct control of its HR & Payroll solution, previously delivering services built upon the outgoing Unipay software.

Tim Markham, Managing Director of SCS, said:
“The acquisition of Pyramid gives us a fresh, flexible and innovative solution to help grow the future of that business.

“We have delivered continual high levels of service over some 40 years, so it is important we continue to invest to ensure its growth and success.

“Pyramid offers SCS an up-to-date, highly functional HR Payroll solution to market, develop & sell.”

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About SCS

SCS is the HR, Payroll & Data Services division of SCC.

Client data is held in our own Tier 3+ Data Centres and SCS operates through both a Birmingham and Harlow office with a long-established team of IT and payroll professionals. Our diverse client base includes multi-nationals, medium sized businesses and small medium business enterprises. We are now able to both provide managed services on our own software plus also to licence its sale to those organisations who wish to keep HR and payroll in-house but to receive the technical support required to implement and support the software. Additionally SCS has long-established data preparation and scanning capabilities which are integrated with an extensive data management capability to manage customer information inside our own secure Data Centres whilst providing access and appropriate reports to our clients.

About SCC

We enable people to do business by planning, supplying, integrating and managing their IT. We make IT work through partnership, knowledge and passion: trusted to run IT infrastructure services for leading business across Europe for 40 years.

Points of interest:

• Europe’s biggest independent IT services business;

• Technology brand of Rigby Group plc;

• Over 5,000 employees across Europe;

• Top 2 UK Data Centre & Cloud Services provider;

• Supporting more than 5 million users;

• Profitable growth since 1975;

• Leading strategic partner to all major technology vendors;

• Managed Services Provider of the Year 2015.

About Pyramid

Pyramid is an independent software house staffed with HR & Payroll professionals, who since 1996 have designed, coded, marketed and supported a fully integrated, single database product that is recognised as a practical and functionally rich HR & Payroll solution addressing all aspects of personnel management.

Pyramid provide a single Microsoft SQL database software system specifically aimed at all aspects of Personnel Management including Human Resources, Payroll which currently holds PAYE & RTI recognition and historically was always accredited by HMRC to the highest level attainable, Time & Attendance, Employee/Manager Self Service, e-Rostering, e-Recruitment, e-Payslips, inbuilt ‘Native’ report writer and Integrated Document Management that supports all elements of RTI and is Auto Enrolment enabled.

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Wick Hill and Zycko become part of Nuvias Group

04—07—2016

Wick Hill and Zycko become part of Nuvias Group, the new name for the PAN-EMEA, high value distribution business being built by Rigby Private Equity (RPE).

Wick Hill and Zycko will now be known as ‘Wick Hill, a Nuvias group company’ and ‘Zycko, a Nuvias group company.’

London, England: 4/7/16: 13.00 hrs BST - Rigby Private Equity (RPE) announces the formation of Nuvias Group, a holding company for the pan-EMEA high value distribution business being built by RPE, to redefine specialist value distribution. Wick Hill and Zycko now become part of Nuvias Group and will be known as -

Wick Hill, a Nuvias group company

Zycko, a Nuvias group company

Nuvias strategy

With Nuvias, RPE is building an EMEA-wide, high-value, specialist distribution business, with a common proposition and consistent delivery. The strategy is to redefine value distribution to the channel, enabling the channel and vendor community to deliver exceptional business value to their customers and creating new standards of channel success.

Nuvias will provide a consistent quality of service, with best-in-class technologies, giving reseller partners local access to the best international services and solutions. Local expertise is backed up by a consistent operating platform, offering the highest level of value-added services and flexibility. For vendor partners and solution providers, Nuvias will deliver accelerated growth at all stages of the business and product growth lifecycle, enabling rapid expansion throughout EMEA.

Paul Eccleston, head of RPE, also now becomes CEO of Nuvias. He commented: “Zycko and Wick Hill form the foundations of Nuvias, a new type of international distribution company. We’re building a distributor to meet the evolving demands of the channel. As of today, Nuvias is already serving 40 vendors and 5,000 resellers in thirteen countries. Moving forward, we will be covering all major territories in EMEA, offering a common value proposition, consistently executed. This will give any vendor or reseller best in class distribution services, no matter in which country.”

Wick Hill and Zycko

Wick Hill and Zycko were the first acquisitions for RPE and now are the first high value, specialist distributors in Nuvias Group. Both companies are strong brands, with an exceptional reputation and a commitment to excellence. They both provide high value added services, with best-of-breed solutions that give channel partners good margins and consultancy opportunities. These philosophies and values are also core to Nuvias and will be fundamental as Nuvias continues to grow.

As far as vendors and resellers are concerned, there will be no changes, but there will certainly be additional opportunities for growth. Both Wick Hill and Zycko will carry on operating from their current sites, with existing staff, and headed up by Ian Kilpatrick, Wick Hill chairman, and David Galton-Fenzi, Zycko CEO.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, commented: “This is an exciting move in the growth and evolution of Wick Hill and Zycko. Having us operating separately under the Nuvias banner builds on the strength and reputation of both companies while providing us with a common identity for our expansion in EMEA.”

David Galton-Fenzi, CEO of Zycko, said: “There is a growing level of excitement and anticipation amongst our staff, customers and vendor partners, largely due to the growth and development possibilities that will arise in the future with Nuvias. For Zycko and Wick Hill staff, the creation of Nuvias will bring a new wave of opportunities that will create strong, medium and long term career paths for our people across EMEA. This, coupled with the speed of our expected growth, makes Nuvias a great place to build a successful career for the future.”

The new name acknowledges that in future there will be more high value-add, specialist distributor acquisitions, more countries added to the geographical scope, more services provided, as well as new vendor and reseller partner needs. So it makes sense to bring them all together under one joint Group name.

Today, the Nuvias product portfolio encompasses networking, infrastructure, security, communications, storage, continuity, recovery, access, performance, monitoring and management. Turnover is over US$ 300 million. Recently, Nuvias became a pan-EMEA distributor for vendors Unitrends and Malwarebytes. In January 2015, the first joint Wick Hill/Zycko office was opened in Vienna, Austria.

New board appointments

Ian Kilpatrick, David Galton-Fenzi, Lee Driscoll, Zycko’s chief sales officer, and Helge Scherff, managing director of Wick Hill Germany, all join the Nuvias board.

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Capital Air Ambulance poised for European Expansion

04—07—2016

Capital Air Ambulance (Capital), the aeromedical brand of Rigby Group’s aviation division and the UK’s No 1 provider of fixed wing air ambulance services, has unveiled an ambitious strategy for expansion across the European market.

Capital has in recent months taken advantage of marketplace changes to establish itself as Britain’s largest Air Ambulance operator and is operating from a second UK base in the Midlands, with an enlarged fleet and crew offering an expanded range of services including long haul medical repatriation flights across Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Sir Peter Rigby, Founder and Chairman of Rigby Group, said: “Capital Air Ambulance has grown rapidly since joining the Group just two years ago, and is now poised to begin competing on a level platform with some of our largest European competitors.

“We have invested in both new aircraft and highly trained crews, and have opened a second UK base at Coventry Airport to extend our services across a much wider geographic area. We are now extremely well positioned to make a significant impact upon the European aeromedical sector over the coming months and years.”

Capital provides rapid response medical assistance services and repatriation flights 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, employing a highly experienced, multilingual team to deliver medical support and translation services on scheduled commercial and charter flights or via road transport. With a 25 year track record in repatriating British citizens when they have been injured or fallen ill in a foreign country, it is the only Eurami (European Aeromedical Institute) accredited UK medical assistance company to operate its own fleet of air ambulances.

The company also provides bed-to-bed transfers for the full spectrum of patients with acute and chronic medical conditions, using its dedicated fleet and commercial airliners. Capital’s services include specialist adult, neonatal and paediatric equipment and the company flies with critical care capability on board should the patient require these services from the outset, or in the event that their medical condition deteriorates during the journey.

Since 2014 Capital has been part of the Rigby Group Plc aviation division, a trusted flying partner to the Military and an experienced international Search & Rescue service provider. In the intervening period it has invested in a custom fitted Lear jet to enable long haul repatriations and has expanded to support a full and part time staff of over 70 trained professionals. The aircraft fleet consists of ten fixed wing aircraft and two aeromedical helicopters.

Paul Southall, who heads up Rigby’s Aviation division, commented: “In just two years since Capital joined Rigby Group, the company has exceeded all expectations, growing from strength to strength in an extremely competitive and challenging market.

“Today, with months of investment and operational enhancements firmly in place, we see a huge window of opportunity for a British owned aeromedical operator to seriously challenge its established European competitors and intend to make significant strides in this area over the coming months.”

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SCC France acquires Flowline Technologies

25—04—2016

SCC France has announced the acquisition of Flowline Technologies, a cloud solution partner.

Flowline technologies, leading cloud service provider, specialises in the supply of IT infrastructure services, Infrastructure-as-a-service (Iaas), telecom connectivity and managed services.

This key acquisition plays a significant role in SCC’s strategy of expansion and growth in the data centre and cloud computing markets. SCC is now positioned as the primary cloud solution partner to help organisations (especially mid-market businesses) that are looking to utilise these two competencies on premise or on the cloud in a hybrid environment.

The acquisition of Flowline Technologies in France is part of the overall strategy of SCC, whose revenues from Cloud in the UK accounts for 80M€ of turnover. SCC is one of the biggest independent players in the cloud computing market and owns the largest data centres facilities in the UK.

SCC UK operates four of its data centres with more than 2,000 racks and 14Mv power through. This set is part of 18 data centres nationwide. The company manages over 1,500 virtual cloud-based servers and 600 TB of cloud storage for clients both in the private and public sector. SCC has developed a government-accredited secure Cloud solution, ‘Sentinel by SCC, which protects data to the highest safety standards.

SCC has invested over 70M€ in hosted services across Europe to include more data centres, more cloud applications and more migration and support services. Additional key investments are planned for next year to increase the current installations – already reaching 69% of their occupancy rate – to capitalise on their ascending growth.

In this new IT landscape, organisations are looking for flexible yet profitable infrastructure services on-premise or on the cloud. With the great features of Flowline Technologies, SCC has now become the ideal partner to support businesses looking to transition to a hybrid world.

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New aircraft acquisitions for Capital Air

24—03—2016

Capital Air Ambulance has completed the acquisition of a Learjet 45 and a King Air 200 to add to its fleet of dedicated air ambulance aircraft.

With the closure of Air Medical Ltd the move means that Capital Air Ambulance is now the only EURAMI-accredited air ambulance provider in the UK flying jet aircraft.

The addition of Capitals first dedicated jet air ambulance gives the business a new world wide capability and will be invaluable for critical missions. All of the Capital fleet offer the ability for dual Lifeport stretcher repatriations and can be fully equipped for ICU missions.

The new jet will be operated with two flight crew at all times. It will be able to carry two patients and up to two travelling companions, along with the medical staff.

The new King Air 200 will bring Capitals ownership of this type of aircraft to four.

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Rigby Group’s SCC completes One Point investment

14—12—2015

In a deal announced today, SCC, Europe's biggest independent IT services business which is part of the Rigby Group, has taken a controlling stake in One Point, adding mobile voice and data capability to complete its Cloud Delivered Managed Services (CDMS) proposition.

One Point becomes SCC's third major investment in 2015 - another key milestone in the development of its CDMS portfolio following investments in Fluidata and SIPCOM earlier this year.

Having invested more than £50m in its own Data Centres - including the acquisition of SSE's flagship Tier 3+ Data Centre in Fareham in 2014 - SCC has since bolstered its capability in connectivity, voice, and now mobile to complete its CDMS offering.

One Point simplifies the delivery of mobile voice and data services by unifying best-in-class technologies to improve business performance. The strategic partnership will see One Point continue to operate as normal, under its own brand and existing leadership team.

James Rigby, SCC Chief Executive, said: "We've been actively pursuing an investment in mobile - and in One Point we've found the right business to complement our existing services portfolio and deliver the same, excellent levels of service to customers.

"We've worked tremendously hard to build a formidable Cloud Delivered Managed Services proposition - and position SCC at the cutting edge of IT service delivery.

"This investment marks the completion of our CDMS portfolio, in terms of capability. We'll now look to drive the proposition forward, adding additional capacity where necessary, alongside continued organic investments in our own Data Centre Services."

One Point Managing Director Ben McElligott added: "Aligning our business with SCC increases our overall service offering, expanding our own capability and making the most of our service offering, particularly around mobile.

"The investment from SCC cements One Point firmly in the mid-market space and provides our customers with additional choice and value. We're delighted to be joining SCC and view this as a great partnership for both our business and our customers."

In November, SCC was named Managed Services Provider of the Year at the CRN Channel Awards 2015. The judges commended SCC for its "long-term investment in its capabilities and developing a comprehensive and effective value proposition," and described SCC's entry as "a shining example of clear strategy and delivering exceptional results to its customers."

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