K3 Hosting acquires Willow Starcom in £1.75m deal

The deal has enabled K3 Hosting to extend its existing portfolio of services to include on premise design, implementation and support of IT systems, complementing its already strong hosting and managed services offering. The company is now able to service both enterprise level and SME businesses, bringing in provision outside of the existing K3 Business Technology Group.

As part of the agreement, K3 Hosting has inherited the entire workforce from Willow Starcom, together with its stable of 240 customers, which come from a variety of different industry sectors, giving K3 Hosting a customer base of over 300. The businesses will be merged and rebranded together in Willow Starcom’s existing offices in Wigan along with K3 Hosting’s existing Edinburgh operation, and the deal puts K3 Hosting on course to reach a projected turnover of over £7 million by the end of the current financial year.

Neil Farnworth, managing director at K3 Hosting, commented, ‘Willow Starcom is a well established business with a very mature on premise support and implementation team. This acquisition means that we will now be able to expand our services to deploy mission critical IT applications on premise using Willow Starcom’s specialist implementation team.

‘Our enterprise class infrastructure previously meant that we were best suited to support larger businesses but with the additional hosting capabilities that Willow Starcom has brought to K3 Hosting, we can now offer an unparalleled service to smaller SMEs as well.’

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