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'Gamechanger' for telecoms firm

Commsworld snaps up ECS to expand IT offering

Willie Fairhurst: excited by deal

Telecoms firm Commsworld has acquired ECS, one of the oldest IT businesses in Scotland.

It will allow Commsworld to offer a cloud and connectivity suite of solutions including cyber security, Wi-Fi and IT.

The deal will see all 19 staff at ECS, previously known as Edinburgh Computer Services, transfer to the new owner. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Ricky Nicol, CEO of Commsworld, said: “This is a real game changer for both organisations and offers a host of exciting opportunities. 

“The acquisition comes from a constant demand from clients for fully integrated digital solutions and means we are taking these Cloud solutions and IT skills to our client base.” 

The acquisition takes Commsworld’s payroll to more than 100 and will deliver revenues well in excess of £20m this year. 

Willie Fairhurst, managing director at ECS, said: “With more than 27 years’ experience in Scotland’s digital sector, we of course knew Commsworld’s work well and indeed have a number of mutual clients. 

“The deal means that our accreditations are brought across to Commsworld.

“I’m excited that we’ll now be able to bring top level security, that was previously only available to massive companies, to much smaller Scottish businesses who also require to keep data safe.” 

ECS has many clients including household names particularly from the recruitment and hospitality sectors and provides its services throughout Scotland. 

Commsworld was founded in 1994 and has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

It supports thousands of Scotland’s leading organisations, in both the public and private sectors, with their business-critical internet, data and voice communications. 

It is also Scotland’s largest indigenous “next generation network” operator and internet service provider (ISP).

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