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DCC, parent of Micro P and Gem, posts 15% boost in yearly profits

DCC Technology, parent of UK disties Exertis Micro P and Gem, danced on the grave of the recession in its latest financial year ended 31 March, reporting top and bottom line growth spurts. The IT division of the Irish conglomerate - formerly DCC Sercom - turned over £2.26bn, a leap of 22.4 per cent on a year ago, and made an …
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2014

Micro P consumes security minnow Cohort Technology

Micro P has hoovered up fellow Basingstoke-based virtualisation, security and comms distie Cohort Technology for an undisclosed fee. This adds some 14 new vendors to Micro P, itself owned by Irish conglomerate DCC, with the most notable names including ShoreTel, Citrix and Stonesoft. In addition to product distribution, Cohort …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2013
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Micro P parent does it AGAIN, kicks recession in nackers

DCC Sercom, parent of Brit IT distie Micro P and games console wholesaler Gem, has again laughed in the face of a flatlining local economy. Turnover in the tech division of Irish conglomerate DCC grew 17.9 per cent to €2.27bn (£1.92bn) for the year ended 31 March 2013, and a whopping 16.8 per cent of this was organic. The group …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013
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Micro P slaps winding up petition on Micro Direct

Distributor Micro Peripherals has slapped a winding up order on Manchester-based etailer Micro Direct for £70,000 in unpaid bills. The petition filed at the The Royal Courts of Justice will be heard at Manchester Registry on 1 August. "In essence, we had a strong payment history [with Micro Direct] which has deteriorated …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jun 2011
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One-time direct sales giant Dell weds world's largest tech distie... in the UK

Privately owned Dell has finally tipped its cap in the direction of broadline distribution by hauling in Ingram Micro to carry its entire line card across Blighty. It is six-and-a-half years since Michael Dell reclaimed the CEO’s office and decided he actually needed the "middlemen", those he’d dismissed for decades, to help …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2014
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Micro Direct leaves string of channel creditors out of pocket

Manchester-based e-tailer Micro Direct has left a trail of unsecured creditors in its wake, who are owed £880,000. The firm was the subject of a winding up petition by Micro-Peripherals in June over unpaid bills worth £70,000, but at the time distributor and channel sources claimed the online reseller once had a solid payment …
Paul Kunert, 22 Mar 2012
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Guess who SAP's picked for UK boss? Yep, it's a distie man

Distribution isn’t typically the first port of call for enterprise software vendors looking to recruit execs, but SAP has broken the mould by tapping up the chief operations man at DCC Exertis to head up its UK and Ireland biz. Cormac Watter, COO at the tech arm of Irish conglomerate DCC — which owns Exertis (formerly trading as …
Paul Kunert, 08 Oct 2014
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Microsoft dumps two distributors overboard in Blighty cull

Microsoft has confirmed that it is to part ways with two distributors in the UK next year, following an intensive review of its contracts. The lucky pair are Avnet Technology Solutions and VIP Computers, both of which had been expected to leave the stables when Microsoft put the contracts out to tender last month in a Request …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2013

Blighty's biz bods get their paws on Nokia phondleslab

Businesses channels will have real but only limited supplies of Nokia’s first tablet in the next few weeks, while the phone giant has signed an exclusive deal with upmarket Blighty retail outfit John Lewis. Arguably the Lumia 2520 makes more sense in a business than anywhere else, with Windows RT now capable of running an almost …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Dec 2013
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Tech Data: Computer 2000 brand taken out back and shot...today

The Computer 2000 brand is to be retired from today as the UK arm of Tech Data adopts its parent's name tag. The timing is interesting, given that C2000 – or the company formerly known as C2000 – is the subject of an ongoing investigation into vendor accounting improprieties. In a letter sent to vendor customers, seen by El …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2013

Distributing Microsoft gear in UK? You might not be for much longer

Microsoft has put out to tender its UK distribution contracts in a bid to ascertain if those already on board can be trusted to take the new services and device mantra to market. Seven UK wholesalers were forced to submit responses to an "enormous" Request For Proposal by 10 October and will be sitting on their hands for a month …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013

Now Fujitsu breaks up with UK tech distributor Northamber

Fujitsu Technology Products Group (FTPG) has become the latest major vendor to give UK IT distributor Northamber its marching orders, The Channel can exclusively reveal. Folk close to the Japanese outfit reckon the clock is already ticking on Surrey-based Northamber to wind down its position. "They are gone by 30 June," said one …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2013
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DCC SerCom: Suck on that, distie rivals - our sales went UP 20%

DCC SerCom - parent of UK disties MicroP and Gem - cocked a snook to the economic turmoil engulfing many competitors by reporting a healthy set of financials for the first six months of ended September. Turnover was up by a little more than a fifth to €922.2m (£738.91m) compared to €766.9m in the same period a year earlier, as …
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2012

Allied Telesis terminates Northamber contract

Veteran distributor Northamber has been given the boot by Allied Telesis because it failed to do the numbers, The Channel's sources have claimed. Northamber's marching orders came last Friday, giving the distie 60 days to sell off the remainder of stock held at its warehouse in Weybridge. The typical process is for a 90 day …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2013
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Huawei raids rivals' channels to pilfer dealer partners

Huawei wants to bed 1,000 resellers across Western Europe this year as it tries to crank up the pressure on rivals. The Chinese giant has already signed a bunch of distributors in the region including SDG and Micro P in the UK and recently lifted the covers off its first channel programme in preparation for more concerted dealer …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2012
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Nokia dumps Dragon in major UK channel revamp

Nokia has terminated its distribution contract with specialist comms disties 20:20 and Data Select in a revamp of its UK channel. Filling the chasm, the Finnish giant is ushering on board Micro-P to target consumer and biz telco dealers, broadline giant Ingram Micro will handle sales to IT resellers and Kondor will become Nokia' …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2011
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Irish distie grabs Advent

Irish distributor DCC has bought Advent Data Limited – the Leeds-based office consumables supplier. Advent employs 111 people and made a profit in 2010 of €4.5m on turnover of €150.1m. Advent flogs printer cartridges and other office supplies; it claims to more than £10m in stock at its Elland warehouse. DCC, made up of five …
John Oates, 09 Mar 2011
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Lenovo signs with C2000, plots SME assault

PC firm Lenovo has inked a distie deal with Tech Data's UK subsidiary Computer 2000 in a bid to sniff out prospective small biz customers. The firms are set to links arms from 1 July on an agreement that covers the entire Think range: desktops, All-In-Ones, workstations and servers. Lenovo UK and Ireland SME and channel …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2012
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Dell pulls Magirus out of the trenches for data centre assault

Magirus has finally penned a distie deal with Dell in the UK more than a year after landing a similar contract on the continent. The agreement, which kicks off in April, covers Dell's data centre kit including enterprise servers, storage and connectivity gear. "Dell's portfolio helps companies cut operational expenditure," …
Paul Kunert, 28 Mar 2012
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Huawei inks distie deals in enterprise push

Huawei has inked a distie deal with Micro P in the UK and is understood to have inked a deal with TD Azlan across Europe as it steps up efforts to give rivals a bloody nose in the enterprise space. The Chinese giant has vowed to push all of its enterprise business through resellers and has already brought on board ex-Sun sales …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2011
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Huawei erects channel flag in Europe

Huawei Enterprise aims to accredit a large army of foot soldiers after taking the covers off a channel programme and IT pro training camp. The Chinese manufacturer has added more meat around its expansion plans with the long-awaited, obligatory two-tier dealer framework. "The channel is a key component to Huawei Enterprise's …
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2012
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Huawei builds channel red army in Europe

Huawei has penned a distribution deal with SDG to punt its enterprise kit to resellers in the UK, France and the Netherlands. The Chinese firm continues to build its ranks internally by bringing on board industry big-hitters – including former Cisco channel exec Dominique Vanhamme – to run its EMEA partner network. It brought in …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2011
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UK gov probes Comet crash: Public, private sectors LOST £257m

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills plans to probe the administration of Comet, whose collapse has left the private and public sector out of pocket to the tune of £257m. The Insolvency Service is to launch the investigation after receiving numerous complaints from MPs just as the doors close on Comet's last 49 …
Paul Kunert, 18 Dec 2012
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Microsoft mulls OEM distie shake-up

Microsoft has pushed its OEM software franchise out to tender among new and existing distributors amid a consumer market meltdown. The global process usually takes place every year but in recent times has typically resulted in little change, with a total of eight wholesalers carrying the OEM line-up in the UK. However, with …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2011
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Huawei bolsters UK Advisory Board

Huawei has filled out the ranks of its UK Advisory Board with a peer, an IT industry veteran and a non-exec with a finger in quite a few pies. The sleeping Chinese giant – in the European enterprise market anyway – planted former UK Trade and Investment mandarin Sir Andrew Cahn at the head of the panel earlier this year. Now he …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2011
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Dell disk drive prices soar as rivals hold firm

Dell enterprise disk drive prices have soared by up to 35 per cent in the two weeks following the events in Thailand. Context data reveals average sales prices (ASPs) for Dell HDDs grew 6.9 per cent as of 31 October but hikes were more pronounced on larger capacity specs, with a 3 per cent rise on drives below 600GB and the …
Paul Kunert, 18 Nov 2011
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Cloud OS netbook turns up in Blighty

The Jolicloud Jolibook has gone on sale in the UK, kind of. Jolicloud Jolibook The £280 netbook pre-loaded with the cloud-centric, Ubuntu-based operating system is now being listed by Amazon, but with a 1-3 month shipping window. That's not what you'd expect to see with an 'available now' product. Jolicloud Jolibook The …
Tony Smith, 22 Nov 2010
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Skye IT goes titsup

Skye IT has gone into administration today after running into financial difficulties, appointing Taylor Aitken to manage the wind-down. The Chelmsford-based reseller is a standalone business but CEO Paul Swords, remains the director at other brands in the Skye Group including Skye UAE, Recruit, Direct and Training, each of which …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2011
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Northamber to split with vendors again

Cisco and Toshiba are winding down their agreement with Surrey-based distribution veteran Northamber. The two-year deal with the networking linchpin covered products in its Small Business Technology Group (SBTG) – mini versions of the classic Cisco routing, switching, security and unified comms lines. Talking to The Register, …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2011
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RIP Howard Strowman: The stock doctor

The career and life of Howard Strowman, who died in a motorbike accident this weekend, mirrored the ever-changing fortunes of the UK's high-tech sector. The crash happened in North Wales on Sunday, 9 September, and he was airlifted to hospital with severe injuries. He died on Tuesday morning aged 67. Strowman set up PST Group …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2012
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Weaker sterling knocks back DCC

DCC, the Irish conglomerate, today said its IT distribution arm, DCC Sercom, achieved underlying double digit operating profit growth. But it warns that weaker sterling could feed through to worse group profits in the second half of the year - the company reports in euros. DCC Sercom either traded ahead of or in line with …
Team Register, 18 Jul 2008
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Why did Comet fail? Hint: It wasn't just the credit insurers

Comet's fiscal light was burning less brightly well before OpCapita entered its orbit, but the venture capitalist's involvement snuffed it out entirely. Signs that all was not well can be traced back to 2008, when Comet's profit before tax tumbled from £56m to £25m. In successive years it posted losses of £8m, £3m and finally £ …
Eddie Pacey, 22 Nov 2012

Revenues dropping or flatlining at hefty distributor giants

Investors and funders may soon need to see a warning on every distributor prospectus or public filing that over revenues are heading in the opposite direction to up. A slew of recent results from some of the heavyweights show sales have indeed gone south, but after years of near unbroken growth – and given the assumption that …
Ian French, 20 Aug 2012
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C2000 hires storage Crew

IT distie Computer 2000 (C2000) has beefed up its storage biz unit by hiring Jonathan Crew as business manager. The firm reckoned Crew's appointment will help strengthen its business. He has worked for ten years in a number of roles punting storage goods to the channel. Crew previously worked at Aventi, Micro P, AGP and …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2007
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DCC Sercom trading picks up

DCC, the Irish distie conglomerate, had its AGM yesterday. It says it's too soon since the last announcement in May to add much to market guidance, but it is "pleased with trading results in the first quarter and in particular the continuing pick up in the results of DCC SerCom", its IT wholesaling arm. DCC is a big player in …
Team Register, 11 Jul 2006
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UK IT hardware sales are weak – DCC

DCC, the Irish mini-conglomerate, today issued a profits warning in its AGM statement. It says "the current depressed state of demand in the IT industry" could reduce profit growth rate to a single mid-digit. The company also says that its Sercom Distribution unit is performing close to expectation in Q1, "despite particularly …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jul 2003
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Irish distie DCC cheers, a bit

Irish distribution giant DCC increased profits by 8.5 per cent for the year ended 31 March 2005. But results for the diversified group were dragged down by a 12 per cent fall in profts from its IT distribution business. IT distribution brought in €27.5m, a fall of 11.9 per cent on last year. By contrast the group’s healthcare …
John Oates, 16 May 2005
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Two channel takeovers

Micro P, the mass market distie, has bought storage distie AGP for an undisclosed sum, CRN reports. TFB claims it is the UK's biggest VAR for the legal sector following the takeover of Avenue Business Systems for an undisclosed sum. TFB (Technology For Business) is a pre-IPO firm with post acquisition revenues of £12m. This …
Drew Cullen, 20 Jun 2001
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DCC disties hold their own

SerCom Distribution, the IT wholesaling arm of Irish conglomerate DCC, today reported H1 sales up 11 per cent to E363.7m (H1 2000: E327.9m) and operating profit up 13 per cent to E13.2m (2000: E11.6m)for the period ended September 30. There are no individual breakdowns for the four operating businesses in SerCom; two UK disties …
Drew Cullen, 12 Nov 2001
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Midwich Thame gets Canon franchise

Canon has appointed Midwich Thame as its sixth distributor in a bid to boost its poor laser printer sales. Midwich Thame gets distribution rights to all Canon's laser printers, personal copiers, scanners and fax machines - but it will no be distributing Canon's successful BubbleJet range. "For the next few months Canon want us …
Pete Morris, 26 Aug 1998
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Canon takes sixth distributor

Canon has appointed Midwich Thame as its sixth UK distributor in a bid to boost its poor laser printer sales. Midwich Thame gets distribution rights to all Canon's laser printers, personal copiers, scanners and fax machines - but it will no be distributing Canon's successful BubbleJet range. "For the next few months Canon want …
Pete Morris, 26 Aug 1998
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Ideal underpins AMD biz with ASUS franchise

ASUSTek has signed up Ideal Hardware to distribute its mobos into the UK system builder market. Ideal is best known for its storage business, and it is by far the UK's biggest supplier of hard disk drives into the system builder market. But the company is also the UK's sole AMD-only distie (parent Bell MicroProducts is also …
Drew Cullen, 04 May 2001