Articles about Specialist Computer Holdings

Every man, woman and child in the UK paid HP £21 last year

The government spends billions of pounds on IT every year. While individual projects often make the news when investigated by auditors and select committees, the overall picture is less well-known. But it IS big business – both because of how much is spent, but also because just a few big businesses suck up very large amounts of …
SA Mathieson, 12 Nov 2013

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

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

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

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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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

HMRC spent £765m through Aspire last year

HM Revenue and Customs spent 44 per cent of its 2009-10 supplier budget through its IT outsourcing deal led by Capgemini. New figures released to Kable by the tax-collection agency through Freedom of Information show that its spending was dominated by two outsourced deals – Aspire for IT and Mapeley Steps. Mapeley Steps is a PFI …
Kable, 09 Nov 2010

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
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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 …
John Oates, 05 Oct 2006

Grey marketing rubbed out at SCC

Specialist Computer Holdings has closed its grey market broker, Global Distribution, to keep HP sweet. The official word from SCC is as much a sign of how the times have changed as is the closure of Global Dis. "The Group has made a strategic decision to focus on its vendor relationships through its core businesses. This means …
Mark Ballard, 15 Mar 2006

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 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 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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Computacenter returns to Germany

Computacenter is returning to Germany in style, by buying GE Compunet, the country's biggest reseller. As a bonus it gets a leading position in Austria too. The price is a steal, even in these depressed times for resellers. CC is splashing out £36m upfront for the GE CompuNet and GE Capital IT Solutions Austria businesses on …
Drew Cullen, 28 Nov 2002
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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
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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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Compel suffers brutal IT downturn

Compel, blames a "brutal" downturn in the IT industry for turning in a loss of £13.4m for the year to June 30. And it ain't getting any better - The Welwyn Garden City reseller reports "very difficult" market conditions in July and August. September is seeing some improvement but "this is not mirroring the normal post summer …
Drew Cullen, 25 Sep 2001
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Action grabs GlobalServe supply deal from SCH

Updated 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 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 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
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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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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
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Trad integrators rule e-business roost

In July last year. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter forecast a move by corporates away spending from traditional IT projects. Instead, the money would be shovelled into Web integration work. The beneficiaries of this move was supposed to be the Razorfishes, the Framfrabs, the Scients etc. And the losers were supposed to be the …
Drew Cullen, 26 Feb 2001
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SCH pulls plug on

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, 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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Azlan interims, Datrontech death throes, distie mergers

Azlan, the networking equipment distie to IT training firm, more than doubled its profits to £3.74m (1999: £1.67m) for the six months to September 30. Sales climbed 35 per cent to £261.7m. Ian Boyle is poised to buy-out Datrontech, the stricken distie, he co-founded with Steve King, according to Microscope. It cites 'several …
Drew Cullen, 14 Nov 2000
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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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Computacenter scraps Compel offer

Computacenter today said it was no longer interested in buying Compel. The UK's biggest reseller made a conditional offer for Compel, the UK number 3, in June. So far, it's not saying why. The Compel board rejected this out of hand. Meanwhile Specialist Computer Holdings, owner of SCC, the UK's second biggest reseller, has …
Drew Cullen, 14 Oct 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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Pan UK reseller play no longer enough

(This article appeared first in Direct Access, a Microsoft UK online channel magazine.) Pundits often talk of Internet disintermediation – basically manufacturers bypassing distribution to sell direct to customers. However, few vendors are set up to sell complex solutions – they will continue to rely on resellers to sell their …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jul 2000
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Compel urges shareholders to stay put

Computacenter has been labelled "opportunistic" by Compel after launching a hostile bid for the reseller. "The board of Compel regards Computacenter's current proposal as opportunistic and one which significantly undervalues the company," Compel said in a statement. "Consequently, the board of Compel advises shareholders to …
Linda Harrison, 02 Jun 2000
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Computacenter launches hostile bid for Compel

Computacenter, the UK's second biggest reseller, has launched a hostile 85 million take-over bid for the UK's third biggest reseller Compel. The company this morning said it had approached the board of Compel with a cash offer of 275p per share to buy the whole group. The move comes two weeks after reseller Specialist Computer …
Linda Harrison, 01 Jun 2000
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SCC buys Lantec division from Elcom

Specialist Computer Centre (SCC) has bought part of Elcom International's UK reseller business. The sale of the subsidiary, formerly known as Lantec, is understood to have boosted the anticipated reseller sales of SCC's parent, Specialist Computer Holdings, to £700 million. According to a report in Microscope magazine, SCH …
Linda Harrison, 13 Jul 1999
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02/09/98 Daily Digest

Computerland UK forecasts sustained growth Computerland UK is confident of sustained services business growth, chairman and MD Graham Gilbert said. In a statement made at the AGM, he revealed that trading is ahead of the comparable perid on the last financial year. The integration of recent acquisitions KDL and Netman ,which …
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Time snaps up Office World concessions

Time Computers has added another dimension to its sales operations with the announcement that it is to sell its computers through rented space in Office World, the Swiss owned retail superstore operation. Time, the system building arm of Lancashire-based Granville Technology, will become the third in line to take the in-store …
Lucy Kewney, 02 Sep 1998