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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Notes to Editors

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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Rigby Private Equity makes second major investment in specialist distribution

04—12—2015

In a deal announced today, Rigby Private Equity (RPE), the private equity arm of Rigby Group Investments, has made a significant investment in specialist services distributor Zycko Ltd. The deal will allow Zycko to expand more aggressively throughout the EMEA region.

David Galton-Fenzi, CEO of Zycko, said: "The backing and support of RPE means we are now in a position to accelerate our ambitious growth plans. It’s a great opportunity for the company to continue its growth and transformation into a significantly larger organisation, but one which is still focussed on providing first-class, specialist support to vendors seeking services-oriented, EMEA-wide distribution. I’m looking forward to spearheading our expansion plans and leading our team at this very exciting time."

Zycko is the second acquisition for Rigby Private Equity, which is building an EMEA-wide high-value specialist distribution business. RPE was formed earlier this year to identify established companies with both a great value proposition and plans for strong growth, to invest in these companies and to support the acceleration of their growth plans. In July, Rigby Private Equity made a major investment in leading specialist security value-added distributor Wick Hill.

Paul Eccleston, head of Rigby Private Equity, commented: "We are extremely pleased that Zycko is joining Rigby Private Equity. The company has a great track record and a reputation for helping vendors successfully bring new technologies to market and grow their business. Their ethos of innovation and excellence, alongside a strong commitment to specialist services and support, is entirely aligned with that of Wick Hill.

"Zycko is already in twelve countries in EMEA, which helps us move forward rapidly with our growth plans. The benefits for Wick Hill, and its partners and customers, include access to the international scope offered by Zycko’s established EMEA network; and the benefits for Zycko include access to Wick Hill’s strength in security and the chance to further build on high value and consultancy opportunities for channel customers."

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Rigby Group Invests In Cloud Service Provider SIPCOM

09—10—2015

Rigby Group plc has invested in cloud service provider SIPCOM.

The investment enables additional services capability to Rigby Group’s technology division, SCC, and is the Group’s 15th piece of M&A activity since hitting the acquisition trail in 2013, and the second telecoms deal in 2015.

SIPCOM is a global & leading CSP specialising in delivering Software as a Service (SaaS) that includes Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and operates in a rapidly expanding and high growth market, sized today at £13bn+.

SCC’s new strategic partnership with SIPCOM, a key partner to leading ISVs Microsoft, Oracle and BroadSoft, is another milestone in the accelerated growth of its services division – with Data Centre Services turnover alone increasing 87% in FY15.

It follows the acquisitions of SSE Telecoms’ flagship Hampshire Data Centre and Data Telecoms business Fluidata earlier this year, and significantly enhances SCC’s Unified Comms proposition with specialist Microsoft, SIP and Hosted PBX capabilities.

SIPCOM offers the ability to build private hybrid clouds with full feature capability that can be delivered over three continents, supported by a Hosted Voice service covering 65 counties. Key to Rigby Group’s investment is the potential to deliver a local service to international customers, underpinned by its growing near-shore service centre operation in Romania.

SCC’s total rack capacity now stands at over 1,800 and 14MW of power, with the business closing FY15 on 67% occupancy and annual rack growth of 145%.

Rigby Group Chief Operating Officer Steve Rigby said of the acquisition: “Securing this deal provides additional services capability and a stable foundation for SCC to further grow its Cloud Delivered Manages Services (CDMS – DCS & connectivity) business.

James Rigby, Chief Executive of SCC, added: “This deal underlines our 3-5 year growth plan in positioning SCC as a leading Data Centre & Cloud Services provider.

“Adding Fluidata’s network and SIPCOM’s Hosted Voice & UCaaS capabilities to our Data Centre Services delivers a very compelling Cloud Delivered Managed Services proposition to our customers and the markets we operate in.”

Daniel Allen, Chief Executive of SIPCOM, commented: “The investment from Rigby Group positions SIPCOM firmly in the mid-market space – and offers customers the value and comfort they expect when selecting a cloud service provider.

“SIPCOM is delighted be aligned to Rigby Group’s pedigree and credibility, and SCC's leading position as an IT services business. It’s a great match for everyone."

With the market rapidly expanding and a surge of more flexible, agile working for users – balanced with cost-saving and efficiency programs – the demand for UCaaS based technologies continues to accelerate.

SIPCOM, supported by Rigby Group, has extended its market with SCC and is looking to build its plan to 200,000 cloud based users by the end of 2018.

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Wick Hill deal paves the way for further growth and international expansion

06—07—2015

Woking, Surrey: Monday, July 6th 2015: 2.00 p.m. - In a deal announced today, Rigby Private Equity, the private equity arm of Rigby Group Investments, has made a significant investment in specialist, high value-added distributor Wick Hill Group. The deal will allow Wick Hill to grow further in the UK and Germany, as well as giving it a major opportunity to expand into Europe and the Middle East.

Both Wick Hill and Rigby Private Equity stressed that it will be business as usual in the future. Wick Hill will continue with the same staff and management team, led by Ian Kilpatrick, and with the same market-making, high value-add philosophy that has made it a leading VAD in both the UK and DACH regions. Rigby Private Equity is an autonomous, independent entity within Rigby Group Investments.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, commented: “This deal gives Wick Hill an opportunity for major growth and the chance to take our successful distribution model across Europe and the Middle East. Some of our vendors and potential vendors, as well as some of our customers, have been asking us for an international network, with our value-add model, and we will now be able to deliver that. It’s a logical next step for us and we’re very confident about the opportunities for our staff, vendors and resellers. I am looking forward to what will be a very exciting time for the company.”

Paul Eccleston, head of Rigby Private Equity, said: “Rigby Private Equity has been formed to identify established companies with both a great value proposition and plans for strong growth. Our aim is to invest in these companies, so we can support the acceleration of their growth plans. Wick Hill has been an established leader in high value distribution for more than three decades, with Ian and the team having a great reputation for service, as well as having strong plans for growth. Rigby Private Equity is delighted to be joining the team, to help achieve those plans. This is an exciting time for us, for the Wick Hill team and for Wick Hill’s customers and vendor partners.”

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