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SCH Group prepares for life after distribution

Channel giant Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) has released a financial statement for fiscal 2012 showing double-digit gains in turnover and operating profits for the year ended 30 March. This is the last set of full year results the group, which houses reseller-cum-integrator SCC and wholesaling biz Specialist Distribution …
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2012
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Channel giant SCH sales up, profit down

Specialist Computer Holdings – parent of reseller SCC and distributor SDG – pushed up sales in the year ended 31 March 2011, but the biting economy and the payment of a disputed tax bill dampened profits. Group sales at the channel behemoth went up 11 per cent to £2.48bn but operating profits fell 2.1 per cent to £22.9m, while …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2011
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SCH buys majority market share

SCH Distribution is buying IQ Sys Limited - the UK's leading Citrix distie. The deal will give the combined entity 60 per cent of UK Citrix sales. Sir Peter Rigby's SCH claims to be Europe's largest private technology group - it turns over almost £1bn a year. SCH will maintain IQ's Sys Identity product as a separate brand. IQ …
John Oates, 22 Jul 2009
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Distie titan TD Azlan to cut ties with Huawei

TD Azlan is quietly and gradually cutting ties with Huawei Enterprise, according to multiple sources close to the matter. The pair previously came within touching distance of signing a European partnership in 2011, but at the eleventh hour pressure from Cisco — one of Huawei's main rivals — saw US management at parent Tech Data …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2014
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Rigby sets stage for SCH dynasty

Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) boss Sir Peter Rigby has put his eldest son James in charge of the British business, fueling speculation that he is being lined up for the top job when his dad retires. The UK arm turns over €1.3bn and employs 3,000 people, according to the FT. James Rigby told the paper that part of his task …
John Oates, 05 Oct 2006
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SCH scoops up Fayrewood leftovers for £2m

Specialist Computer Holdings has bought the last two trading subsidiaries of Fayrewood for a knockdown £2m. The subs are Interface Solutions International Limited, a well known UK distie, and System Loans Services Limited, a minuscule company that dresses up IBM X servers for sale. Fayrewood's board said the disposals vindicate …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jul 2008

Hefty Euro reseller: 'We laugh in the face of recession. Ha ha'

Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) tweaked the nose of the recession to record double-digit sales and profit rises in fiscal 2012 ended March. According to unaudited numbers seen by El Reg, the Midlands-based parent of reseller SCC and distie group SDG grew turnover 10 per cent to more than £2.75bn and operating profits by 50 …
Paul Kunert, 25 May 2012
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SCH acquires French dealership

</ Specialist Computer Holdings Ltd has acquired French reseller EBC Informatique in a move that will make SCH one of the largest players in the market. Birmingham, UK-based SCH, which claims to be Europe's largest privately held IT company, paid an undisclosed sum to acquire the 100-strong Reims-based company with operations in …
ComputerWire, 26 Sep 2002

IT distribution titan Tech Data to gobble UK's SDG for $350m

Technology products distributor Tech Data (TD) has swallowed Specialist Distribution Group (SDG) for $350m (£220.3m) in a deal that is subject to regulatory approval from the EU's competition authorities. As revealed by The Channel some months back, UK Midlands-based Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH), SDG's parent, was …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2012
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SCH profits grow a little

Specialist Computer Holdings saw turnover increase 8.3 per cent to £1.88bn for the year ended 31 March 2004. Operating profit for the year - before exceptional items - was £30.7m, up slightly from £30.6m for 2003. More than half of total turnover, 56 per cent, came from outside the UK. Continental European turnover was £1, 056m …
John Oates, 15 Nov 2004
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SCH to swallow Compel's desktop biz?

Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) has emerged once again as the likely buyer for a chunk of rival UK reseller Compel. The Birmingham outfit is due to acquire Compel's desktop business, UK channel mag Microscope reported. An announcement is expected as early as tomorrow, when Compel is due to report its interim results. Compel …
Linda Harrison, 27 Feb 2001

Samsung: Sod off Apple, we've made gold mobes for way longer than you

Samsung has launched a campaign to remind arch-rival Apple that it wasn't the first tech firm to release a golden bling-horror phone. The South Korean giant has gone to the effort of designing a special web page dedicated to showing off the garish champagne-coloured phones it has inflicted on the human population over the years …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Oct 2013
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SCH plans £2bn sales after Compelsource buy

British computer giant Specialist Computer Holdings expects sales to grow to £2 billion next year. Peter Rigby, chairman and CEO of the Birmingham company, said sales would grow by around a third for the 12 months ending March 31 2002. These figures compared to £1.5 billion in the financial year 2000 to 2001, and £600 million …
Linda Harrison, 06 Mar 2001
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SCH saves Metrologie from the knackers

Specialist Computer Holdings, Europe's biggest - or is it the second biggest, we can never remember - computer dealership, has snapped up Metrologie France and Metrologie Systems from Europa IT. Terms were undisclosed, but we don't think it was a lot of money as a: SCH specialises in distress purchases b: Europa IT had already …
Drew Cullen, 19 Mar 2002
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SCH confirms Compel stand-off

It's all working out rather nicely for Specialist Computer Holdings, the UK's second biggest reseller group. Today it announced that it had 'no intention' of making an offer to take over Compel, the UK's third biggest reseller group. This is not so very meaningful considering the get-out clauses. "SCH reserves its right to …
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SCH pulls plug on TW2.com

The TV cameras were out in force in Birmingham city centre on Friday evening to record the first high-profile new media collapse in the West Midlands. The victim is TW2.com, the well-regarded developer of e-commerce systems, which is to be airbrushed from history, after losing the support of parent company Specialist Computer …
Drew Cullen, 12 Feb 2001
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SCH reigns in Spain

Specialist Computer Holdings is bulking up in Spain, by acquiring the local reseller ops of GECITS for undisclosed terms. SCH will fold the business into its existing subsdiary InfoProducts Spain, and the enlarged group will trade under the new name SCC Spain from next month. According to SCH, the combined operations rank as …
Drew Cullen, 06 Feb 2003
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SCH Technologies touts storage management consultancy

SCH Technologies, the US provider of storage management software solutions and services, today announced the launch of a new storage-specific consultancy unit, the Trilliant Group. SCH says the launch is in response to growing customer demand for outside help in finding the staff with the level of expertise needed to properly …
Team Register, 03 Sep 1998
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Ingram Micro in talks to acquire SDG, say sources

Ingram Micro is locked in talks with Sir Peter Rigby over the acquisition of his Midlands-based outfit Specialist Distribution Group (SDG), sources have told The Channel. People familiar with the negotiations say a deal is edging closer which would bulk out Ingram's mid-market infrastructure operation. SDG is an EMEA-wide …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2012
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SCH buys Info'Products Europe

SCH, Britain's second biggest reseller, is taking a huge leap onto the European stage, with the acquisition of Info'products Europe from Burhmann, the Dutch paper group. Info'products has annual sales of 1.6bn euros and operates as eight units in six countries. The company is the biggest reseller in France and the Netherlands, …
Drew Cullen, 16 Feb 2000
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SCH bucks dealer doldrums

Specialist Computer Holdings saw pre-tax profits leap 36 per cent to £15.1 million in the year to 31 March. Sales grew by 16 per cent to £581 million. Big contract wins are partly responsible for the strong results at a time when rivals are finding trading tough. For example Computacenter saw its first half profits slump 52 per …
Robert Blincoe, 29 Aug 2000
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Action grabs GlobalServe supply deal from SCH

Action Computer Supplies, currently enjoying a return to the black, has grabbed the UK supply contract for GlobalServe, a US company that specialises in IT management for multinationals. Action has grabbed the business from Compelsource, the former desktop services business of Compel. Compelsource lost the contract after it was …
Robert Blincoe, 26 Apr 2001
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SCH snaps up Hays payroll biz

Specialist Computer Holdings has bought Hays Payroll Services for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is to be transacted through SCS, the reseller's payroll bureau division which will combine with Hays. Hays is, or was, a leading business outsourcing operation. In recent months it has sought to divest most of its businesses to …
Drew Cullen, 04 Aug 2003
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SCH buys Compel's desktop biz for £18.5m

Compel has finally sold its desktop business to Specialist Computer Holdings for up to £18.5 million cash. The Birmingham computer dealer will pay £16.5 million for the loss-making Compelsource unit when the deal is completed - expected on March 22. The remaining £2 million cash will be paid over the next two years. Compel has …
Linda Harrison, 05 Mar 2001

McDonalds-card-toting Softcat boss: I couldn't tell you how a computer works

The much-lauded chairman of software reseller Softcat has carved out a high-flying career selling tech - but paradoxically Martin Hellawell can't explain how a computer computes nor the inner workings of a mainframe. Still wet behind the ears and straight out of uni in 1988, Hellawell made an inauspicious entry into the world of …
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2013
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Optical zoom arrives on 12Mp cameraphone

Samsung has followed up its recent launch of the 12Mp Pixon cameraphone by unveiling the world’s first 12Mp cameraphone that has an optical zoom. Samsung_W880_02 Samsung's W880: supports optical zooming for - hopefully - better stills Digital zooms, as most gadget fans know, don’t result in particularly good quality long- …
James Sherwood, 29 Sep 2009

Samsung fêtes 'first' HSUPA phone

Samsung has shown off one of the first phones to support 2Mb/s HSUPA 3G upload acceleration technology. Samsung SCH-M470 Samsung's SCH-M470: first HSUPA phone? The SCH-M470 is destined - initially at least - for South Korea Telecom's HSUPA network. In addition to the ability to upload data at a rate of up to 2Mb/s, the M470 …
Tony Smith, 21 Apr 2008
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Side-lined suppliers beat on Police procurement deal

The Home Office's ruling that police buy commodity hardware and software from a single supplier framework instead of a multi-reseller agreement continues to attract biting criticism from side-lined suppliers. Following the imposition of benchmarks to determine best value for money, forces in England and Wales were mandated in …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2011

Samsung unveils Korean card phone

Samsung has shown off a mobile phone that's little bigger than a credit card. The ultra-slim handset - dubbed the Platinum Cardphone but more labelled with the more prosaic model number SCH-V870 - measures just 8.7 x 5.4 x 0.9cm and weighs 81g. The handset still manages to squeeze in a 1.3 megapixel camera. We're not sure what …
Tony Smith, 11 Apr 2006
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Samsung ships 10Mp camera phone to Korea

samsung sch-b600 10Mp camera phone and friends Samsung announced the SCH-B600 ten megapixel camera-phone way back in March this year, but this week launched the device to consumers in its native South Korea. The camera's equipped with a 3x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom, auto-focus and a flash, but if photography's not your …

Samsung touts 13.5mm-thick digital TV slider phone

Another day, another Samsung slimline slider phone. This one - it's just 1.4cm thick - also extends the company's long line of handsets capable of picking up satellite-sent Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) television pictures. samsung sch-b500 slimline dmb slider phone The SCH-B500 packs in a two megapixel camera, …
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2006

Samsung readies 10mp, satellite TV phone

Samsung today unveiled its first ten megapixel camera phone, pledging to ship the handset in Q2 - in plenty of time to pick up World Cup broadcasts on the device's built-in digital satellite TV tuner. The SCH-B600's hi-res camera is augmented with 3x optical zoom and a flash - a spec akin to many compact digital cameras. …
Tony Smith, 09 Mar 2006

Samsung pitches 8GB HDD phone at... golfers

Samsung yesterday unveiled its latest hard drive-equipped music and... er... golf phone. For MP3 fans, the SCH-B570 is fitted with 8GB of storage, and for golfers there's all the information you need to successfully play South Korea's most demanding courses. samsung sch-b570 8gb golf phone The handset incorporates a GPS …
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2006
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Samsung shifts 22-vibrate-mode handset

Samsung has taken touchscreen vibration feedback technology, dubbed Haptic Touch, one step further, by unveiling a phone with no less than 22 different types of vibration. Samsung_Anycall_Haptic Samsung's AnyCall Haptic SCH-W420 has 22 vibration styles The AnyCall Haptic SCH-W420 gives off different kinds of vibration …
James Sherwood, 26 Mar 2008
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SCC scoops up bit of French reseller

SCC has bought up a bit of a loss-making French IT reseller. The bit is described as the "principal region – Île de France" - of Arés, along with 130 techies. SCC is integrating the business into SCC in France immediately. The firm claims revenues of €1.1bn in France and employs 2000 people in 24 locations. Terms of the …
Team Register, 23 Jul 2008
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Nokia prepping 12Mp cameraphone with optical zoom?

Nokia is secretly working on a device that could propel it to the forefront of cameraphone technology: 12Mp phones with an optical zoom. Sources inside both Nokia and optics firm Carl Zeiss revealed the Finnish phone giant’s plans for the high-end cameraphone, according to a story by website Phone Report, and hinted that the …
James Sherwood, 30 Jun 2009

Samsung 'world's thinnest' phone goes on sale

Samsung has been showing off its ultra-slim Ultra Edition 5.9 phone at every opportunity it gets, but the 5.9mm-thick - don't ever put it your back pocket - handset has finally gone on sale, in the firm's native Korea. Samsing Ultra Edition 5.9 Samsung reckons the phone, more prosaically known as the SCH-C210 in Korea, is …
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2007

Samsung touts CDMA, GSM, JCDMA 'world phone'

Not for Samsung the simplicity of offering a phone with quad-band GSM support to allow the handset to be used all around the world. The South Korean giant today unveiled a device capable of connecting not only to GSM but also to CDMA and JCDMA networks. samsung sch-v920 world phone The SCH-V920 - also known as the World …
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2006

Samsung ships first HSDPA phone you can buy

Samsung has claimed to have shipped the world's first handset to support the HSDPA 'Super 3G' speed-boost technology, though for now the phone's only available in South Korea, where SK Telecom has just upgraded its CMDA2000 3G network to the new spec. In addition to allowing data to be downloaded at up to 1.8Mbps, the SCH-W200 …
Tony Smith, 17 May 2006

Intel reveals Atom CPU speeds and feeds

Intel announced its 'Silverthorne' processor's brand, Atom, last month and today it completed the picture with speeds and feeds details of what is physically smallest CPU the company's ever made. The Atom line-up comprises five CPUs all with 512KB of on-die L2 cache. The 800MHz Z500 and 1.1GHz Z510 both sit on a 400MHz frontside …
Tony Smith, 02 Apr 2008
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Compel confirms desktop biz sale talks

Compel has confirmed it is in talks to sell its desktop services business. The UK reseller was yesterday rumoured to be planning to offload the division to Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH). Today Compel chose not to reveal which prospective buyer was involved, only revealing that it was in "advanced discussions relating to …
Linda Harrison, 28 Feb 2001
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Westcoast rings up Avenir for convergence emergence

Westcoast is teaming up with a b2b telecoms distie called Avenir Telecom, so that it can offer IT resellers the full mobile data shilling. Avenir describes itself as one of the UK's biggest independent mobile distributors, with annual turnover of £50m. Its French parent company operates in seven European countries. Here, Avenir …
Team Register, 01 Aug 2008
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Link-spamming spreads to NHS, police

Hot on the heels of spam-linked local government and pwned parish Council sites, El Reg has discovered that central government is not immune to infiltration by spammers. To schools we must now add NHS, Police and Fire Brigade. If Altavista is to be believed, not only have the Home Office crime reduction pages been encouraging a …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 09 Feb 2009
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Samsung brings slimline 'super 3G' clamshell to Europe

samsung sch-z560 hsdpa clamshell phone Samsung today rolled out its SGH-Z560 HSDPA-compatible clamshell phone in France and Germany ahead of the handset's appearance in other European countries. The 16.3mm-thick, 98g phone has a two megapixel camera with autofocus and sports a 2.3in, 240 x 320, 262,144-colour main display. It …
Hard Reg, 02 Aug 2006
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Computacenter launches software distie division

Computacenter Distribution (CCD) has poached Phil King from rival SCH to run its new software division. The firm's biz unit director Lee Perkins told The Register that CCD decided to step into the burgeoning software marketplace following demands from its customers. He said CCD hoped to plump up market share in virtualisation …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2008
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Abbey axes 335

Abbey National is laying off 335 IT staff as a result of its merger with Santander Central Hispano. The firm will cut 200 jobs from its Milton Keynes office, 85 in Belfast and 50 in Glasgow. Another 240 staff from business banking and Abbey's online bank Cahoot are being offered transfers to Isban - the SCH subsidiary which is …
John Oates, 16 Feb 2005
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Arise, Sir Peter Rigby

Founded in 1975 by Peter Rigby with £2,000 in cash, SCH is still privately held. Rigby is a huge cheese on the West Midlands business scene. This man is going to get a knighthood - three to five years max. All the signs are there - successful business, truckloads of employees, and shedloads of awards, including 1995 West …
Drew Cullen, 19 Jun 2002
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Samsung phone sported Mac OS X graphics

Samsung has admitted it made "a few mistakes" when it shipped a mobile phone into the Korean market with a graphical user interface that contained Mac OS X desktop wallpapers and icons for applications like TextEdit, Sherlock, and Stickies. Microsoft's MSN Messenger icon was used too. According to a Korea Times report, the head …
Tony Smith, 08 May 2006
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Samsung adds picture-in-picture to DMB phone

Not content with enabling South Koreans to watch TV anywhere, Samsung has decided its punters might want to check out what's on the other channel without missing a moment with picture-in-picture technology. The SCH-B710 features a rotating screen to display video in a proper ratio, and receives video broadcast over its DMB ( …
Bill Ray, 19 Apr 2007

Samsung previews updated credit-card phone

Samsung's credit card-sized phone, the P300, is to be updated, Samsung revealed at the IFA consumer electronics show last week. The new version, the P310, ditches its predecessor's pocket-calculator look and boosts the on-board camera to two megapixels. samsung sgh-p310 Samsung's SGH-P310... The SGH-P310 - to give it its full …
Tony Smith, 04 Sep 2006