Managed cloud provider acquires network and security solutions expert NetDef in significant deal
The seven-figure deal will see Novosco increase its workforce to 140 and add a world-class security specialism to its highly-regarded service offering.
Cheshire-based NetDef counts a number of metropolitan police forces, NHS trusts and financial services organisations amongst its client-base, in addition to two Premier League football clubs. Its other customers include businesses such as Warburtons and Village Hotels.
Novosco is one of the fastest growing technology businesses in the UK and Ireland, with existing offices in Belfast, Manchester, Dublin and Cork. Its clients include many of the UK’s largest health trusts, universities, and housing associations, over 50 percent of Northern Ireland’s top 100 companies, and some of the largest organisations in the Republic of Ireland.
The acquisition of NetDef, which will continue to trade under its existing name, is intended to help accelerate Novosco’s rapid expansion in the English market in particular.
Novosco managing director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “NetDef is a well-established provider of network and security solutions to some of the UK’s most high-profile organisations, and its expertise and competence have seen it entrusted with data and projects of the utmost public sensitivity. Working with Dave Beesley and his expert team will provide Novosco with added scale, and an important new dimension to our service offering as we seek to further grow our business across the UK and Ireland.”
NetDef managing director, Dave Beesley, said: “Novosco is a business that we have long admired, and we felt that there was a very strong cultural alignment between the two companies. The complementary expertise that we have will allow us to further enhance and deepen the services that we offer to existing and new clients. We very much look forward to working with Patrick, John and their team.”
Founded by Dave Beesley in 1996, NetDef employs 20 people and has an annual turnover of more than £4million. It has a purpose-built headquarters in Cheshire, with state-of-the-art customer facilities.
Novosco, founded by Patrick McAliskey and John Lennon, was recently ranked as one of the UK’s top companies to work for by the Sunday Times Best Companies for the fourth year in a row. It has been ranked as one of the island of Ireland’s fastest growing technology businesses by Deloitte for an unprecedented 16th year in succession.
Novosco Cloud Camp, in partnership with Almac will run 8th – 12th August 2016
Two of Northern Ireland’s most innovative companies have joined together with Belfast Metropolitan College to launch Northern Ireland’s first IT infrastructure summer camp.
Novosco Cloud Camp, which is organised by Novosco and supported by Almac, will run at Belfast Met’s Titanic Quarter Campus between 8th and 12th August, 2016.
Free of charge and open to year 11–13 students at schools across Northern Ireland, it will provide hands-on IT infrastructure experience, as well as a fun learning environment.
Professional IT engineers and Belfast Met lecturers will facilitate the camp, which will also involve a tour of Novosco’s NI Science Park headquarters to allow students to see a world-class managed cloud company in action.
In addition to free registration, all participants will be provided with a free Raspberry Pi to keep, as well as a £5 lunch voucher per day.
Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “We are delighted to be working with Almac and Belfast Met to help deliver what will be a valuable initiative for skills development in Northern Ireland. As a fast-growing managed cloud company, we are very aware of the need to encourage more of our young people to choose IT, and we believe that there is no better career than IT infrastructure.”
Andrew Hillis, VP and Group Head of Information Services at Almac commented, “As a global company providing unique services, demand from clients all over the world continues to grow. IT plays an incredibly important role in delivering our global operations and as such we offer a vast range of career opportunities within Almac to people with these skills. Cloud Camp is an excellent way of stimulating interest in IT infrastructure amongst young people and we look forward to working with Novosco to encourage potential future employees.”
Belfast Met’s Principal and CEO, Marie-Thérèse McGivern, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Novosco Cloud Camp at our state-of-the-art Titanic Quarter campus this summer. We look forward to welcoming young people to the College where they will gain hands-on experience from our lecturers and get the opportunity to utilise the top class facilities at our campus. This experience will no doubt grow their interest in this area and help them succeed in their future careers.”
Novosco employs 120 people and works for leading organisations across the UK and Ireland, including many of Northern Ireland’s top companies, UK health trusts, councils and other organisations. It has been ranked one of the top companies to work for in the UK by The Sunday Times for the last four years.
Novosco has secured business worth more than £500,000 with three of Northern Ireland’s most innovative exporters.
Novosco provides managed cloud services to a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations, and has been brought in by the firms to review and upgrade their IT systems.
Novosco already works for over 50 percent of Northern Ireland’s top 100 companies, as well as health trusts, housing associations, educational establishments and other organisations across the UK and Ireland.
Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, says that he is delighted to secure work with three such prestigious businesses.
“These are amongst Northern Ireland’s most innovative companies, with fast-growing export businesses and expanding teams. IT plays a key role in their success and we are helping them ensure their systems are robust, dynamic and agile as they continue to grow,” he says.
“For instance, our work for TG Eakin will provide their staff with a remote access solution that will enable them to work anywhere in the world via an encrypted connection, delivering a desktop environment from their datacentre,” he continues.
“In relation to Leckey, we have deployed a new virtualised infrastructure, allowing the business to be more agile and flexible in providing core services to its users, partners and customers. Enhanced business continuity features were also provided as a result of the work,” he adds.
Based in Comber, TG Eakin manufactures medical equipment and exports it to over 30 countries around the world.
Leckey, which has its headquarters in Lisburn, employs some 100 people and is a globally recognised pioneer in the research, design and development of products for postural support.
Cookstown-based CDE Global supplies washing equipment for quarries and mines on the global market and has offices in India, Brazil and the US.
Novosco has been in business for more than 20 years and now employs 120 people. It has appeared in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For listing each of the past four years, and appeared in the Deloitte Fast 50 2015 for the 16th year in a row – the only company to be in the prestigious listing every year since it started in the year 2000.
7 March 2016 - Novosco has completed a remarkable recent hat-trick with its latest accolade, a Deloitte Best Managed Companies in Ireland Award.
This adds to its Sunday Times Best UK Companies to Work For listing in February, and its appearance for an unprecedented 16th consecutive year in the Deloitte Fast 50 ranking of the fastest growing tech businesses in Ireland at the end of 2015.
Novosco, which is headquartered in the NI Science Park, Belfast, and has offices in Manchester, Dublin and Cork, employs over 110 people. It provides IT infrastructure services to a range of top businesses, health trusts, housing associations and other organisations across the UK and Ireland.
In 2015, Novosco was also named Northern Ireland’s Outstanding Company of the Year by the Belfast Telegraph.
The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, recognises companies across the island that are operating at the highest levels of business performance.
A lengthy qualification and judging process takes place in which the complete performance of a business is assessed, moving beyond finances to such areas as operational excellence, strategy, and human resource processes.
Novosco was presented with its latest award in Dublin on Friday 4th March 2016 when its Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “We work for many of the UK and Ireland’s largest and very best organisations, and we think it’s important to demonstrate that we too are a very well managed business, with world-class standards in areas including HR and operations. The awards is a very rigorous process and we see being judged as one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies as an important endorsement.”
The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, is open to companies from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland. It is the only awards programme that considers a business’ performance from every perspective. http://www.deloittebestmanaged.ie/
Novosco attributes its growth to class-leading customer service and staff dedication
Belfast, Northern Ireland 16th November 2015 — Novosco Ltd today announced that it ranked number 49 in the 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Ireland. Rankings are based on average percentage revenue growth over four years.
Novosco’s CEO, Patrick McAliskey, credits class-leading customer service and staff dedication with the company’s growth over the past four years. He said, "We are proud to be the only firm to have been in the prestigious Deloitte Fast50 every year since it was established in the year 2000. Our continued growth can be attributed to customer- and employee-centric management practices. Nurturing employee satisfaction through our four core values leads to our technology experts delivering consistently an excellent service to our loyal customers.” The awards, which are in their sixteenth year in Ireland, demonstrate the strength of the indigenous technology sector in Ireland. Cumulatively, the 2015 Fast 50 winners generated approximately €480 million in total annual revenues in 2014. The average revenue ofcompanies featuring on the ranking was €9.5 million, while the average growth rate of the companies over the last four years was 540%.
Announcing the winners of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 programme, David Crawford, Partner with Deloitte Belfast said: “Huge congratulations to the winning companies. The awards showcase the agility, innovation and strength of the industry. The winners epitomise these characteristics. What’s really encouraging is the ambition that is apparent amongst them. On average 58% of turnover amongst the winners is generated by exports.
Furthermore, on average, over a quarter of turnover is spent on R&D. The winning companies are making their mark internationally and investing in their companies’ future.” The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards took place in Dublin on 13 November 2015, hosted by science and technology journalist, and founder of Whipsmart Media, Jonathan McCrea. Keynote speaker on the night was Paul Sallomi, Deloitte U.S. and Global Technology Sector Leader for Technology, Media and Telecoms.
Details of the full Technology Fast 50 ranking list are available to download at www.fast50.ie.