Northern Ireland IT firm Novosco scores with new deal
IT firm buys group linked to Merseyside football clubs
Northern Ireland IT firm Novosco has bought an English company which counts Liverpool and Everton among its clients in a multi-million pound deal.
NetDef in Cheshire specialises in IT security and managed services for clients from Merseyside Police to Premier League clubs. It's now been bought over by Novosco.
Novosco, which is based in Belfast, provides managed cloud services to companies and organisations in the public sector.
It said the acquisition would help it accelerate its expansion into England.
Its 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."
NetDef was founded in 1996 and employs 20 people. It has turnover of around £4m.
The company, which is led by managing director Dave Beesley, will continue to trade as NetDef after being taken over.
Mr McAliskey added: "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."
Mr 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."
Novosco was named Overall Business of the Year in the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards 2015. It has been trading for around 20 years and employs 120 people.
Novosco, which is based in Catalyst Inc, 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.
Its clients include 20 NHS trusts, around 40 of Northern Ireland's top companies, and several housing associations. It was also listed as one of the island of Ireland's fastest growing technology businesses by Deloitte for the 16th year in a row. It also has offices in Dublin, Manchester and Cork.
Novosco was formed out of Mr McAliskey's first company, Real Time Systems, after it joined forces with John Lennon's 4sol. Mr Lennon remains as sales director of Novosco.