SysGroup closes Rockford acquisition file

Cloud service provider SysGroup PLC has acquired managed IT, hosting and security services company Rockford IT for £3.9m.

As SysGroup’s sixth acquisition in the last three years, Rockford IT will take the company’s total number of employees to over 100, while expanding its market reach into vertical sectors, such as hotels and leisure.

Established in 2001, Rockford IT became the first in the UK to gain WatchGuard Platinum Partner status, and it is now one of only two Platinum Partners in the country. Chris Evans, chief executive of SysGroup, said: “Rockford is a welcome addition to the SysGroup group of companies. Rockford’s WatchGuard Platinum Partner status allows us to build on our existing partnerships and security accreditations, while continuing to offer unrivalled fully managed IT services and cloud hosting solutions to a wider base of customers."

Tom Sykes, chief executive of Rockford IT, added: “With a shared vision and support from SysGroup, the Rockford team will be committed to growing with the company and working with some of the world’s biggest organisations.”

SysGroup's Evans said this, and further strategic acquisitions, will be supplemented with organic growth and additional service capabilities in line with SysGroup’s strategy to expand its customer offering and geographic reach.