Data centre specialist bought out by US firm with global ambition

Leeds data centre specialist ICC Group has been bought out by a US technology business as it furthers its global ambition.

Service Express International has added the 23-year-old firm to the portfolio in an undisclosed deal, with the 54-strong team joining an existing 600 employees.

It provides data centre maintenance and additional managed services to clients.

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Ron Alvesteffer, president and chief executive at Michigan-based Service Express said: “ICC Group has an outstanding reputation in the UK and will help Service Express continue to establish our position as the global leader and trusted partner in data centres around the world.

“Our purpose is to provide the best experience for our customers, partners and employees, and The ICC Group shares in that commitment. Together, we’ll continue building the best-in-class experience for our customers, driven by the very best people!”

While headquartered in West Yorkshire, ICC also has additional offices in Castle Donington in Leicestershire and Basingstoke in Hampshire.

Leon Wheeler, chief executive and founder, said: “ICC has been in business since 1998, and in that time, we have continually evolved and listened not only to our customers but our team.

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“Our culture was built on the foundation of ensuring our customers receive industry-leading service and expertise. “By joining forces and becoming part of the Service Express team, I am proud and confident that the future will remain bright for all of our team and customers, and this will provide even more depth and opportunities for all involved.”

The company turned to Birmingham-based Orbis Partners to handle the sale, with an exit planned over a two-to-three year period.

Targeted results were achieved “in a much shorter timeframe” which saw the process brought forward.

“I couldn’t be happier with the outcome which will see our business offering taken to a global client base,” Mr Wheeler added.

Shah Zaki, partner at Orbis, said: “It was a pleasure working with the shareholders of ICC, who have developed a fantastic business with a reputation for quality. I am delighted to have advised on the sale of the business to a global player in the market, which provides a strong platform for the future development of ICC Group.”

DWF provided legal advice.

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