Articles about Westcoast


Record e-auction saves £100m

The UK government has smashed its previous record for cost savings achieved from a reverse e-auction In what was the largest public sector e-auction ever held, public sector organisations cut the price of office stationery, printer cartridges, paper and magnetic media by up to 62 per cent and saved £100m. The Office of …
Kablenet, 29 Jun 2007
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Horizon sees sunny skies ahead in 2007

Horizon Technology, the Irish-owned reseller, expects 2007 results to be in line with market expectations. Speaking at the company's annual general meeting on Thursday, chairman Samir Naji told shareholders that the board was pleased with the group's performance during the first quarter. "The IT market in both the UK and …

Horizon digests year of feasting

Horizon Technology Group has been showing off after a year of gorging on high-margin acquisitions. The firm's preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2006 show a 29.8 per cent in profit after tax and a 49.8 per cent jump in revenue. It acquired three firms in the year - IP networking reseller Equip, Irish SAP …
Mark Ballard, 16 Mar 2007

Microsoft plays ditch a distie

Microsoft is changing its UK channel structure and increasing the number of disties from six to 10. But it's not all good news - the three broad-line distributors Bell Microproducts, C2K and Ingram Micro - face an X-Factor style competition which will see one of them dropped. While all three keep their Microsoft contracts …
John Oates, 24 Oct 2006

Profits and revenue up at Horizon

Horizon Technology has reported revenue of €131.2m for the first half of 2006, up 39.5 per cent from the €94m posted for the same period last year. The systems integration company, which announced its intention to acquire the Irish business software firm Enterprise Process Consulting (EPC) back in April, announced a gross …

Westcoast acquires Clarity for €6.2m

Clarity Ireland, the distribution wing of IT company Horizon Technology Group, is to be sold to British IT distributor Westcoast for €6.2m. The Reading-based business will also assume Clarity's debt of €9.1m. Clarity, which employs 60 people at its headquarters in Tallaght, had revenues of €118m and profits of €1.4m last year …
Emmet Ryan, 05 Sep 2006
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Westcoast does Apple

Westcoast has muscled in on the Apple wholesale market, gaining distribution rights for the vendor’s entire range. This may be unwelcome news for Ingram Micro and C2000, which previously had the UK Apple distie market for themselves. But it will be good news for dealers, who will have an additional credit line to tap and – at …
Team Register, 07 Jul 2006

UK distie to launch on LSE

Holding company Geneca Group is to list on the London Stock Exchange this October. The Group announced its intentions shortly after completing its acquisition of UK tech distributors, Valuelist and Answer GCi, and says the move is designed to support its growth-by-acquisition strategy. Brent Cutler, Geneca's managing director, …
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Aug 2005
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WestCoast buckles up Orion deal

WestCoast Ltd has strengthened its hand in the UK printer market with the takeover of consumables distributor Orion Media Marketing WestCoast has long been a dominant player in the UK’s HP printing channel. Orion’s supplier relationships include HP, as well as Lexmark, Sony, Canon, Imation and Epson, and was described by …
Team Register, 02 Aug 2005
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Reading FC gets new sponsor

Kyocera Mita is the new shirt sponsor of Reading Football Club, replacing distributor Westcoast which has backed the club for the last six years. The cost of the deal was not revealed but it is the largest corporate sponsorship in the club's history. Tracey Rawling Church, marketing boss at Kyocera UK, said: "We expect our …
John Oates, 08 Jun 2005

Reading Football Club turns computer dealer

Reading Football Club has begun flogging computer kit "at near trade pricing" through its own online store. It is kicking off with MP3 players, laptops, PCs, handhelds, printers, cameras, scanners, speakers, GPS, storage, consumables and accessories. Doing the donkey work is Westcoast, the Theale-based distie, and Reading FC …
Drew Cullen, 30 Nov 2004
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Bell Micro picks boss for Europe

Graeme Watt has been appointed president of Bell Microproducts Europe, responsible for Ideal Hardware and Bell's European divisions. He will report to president and CEO Don Bell. He replaces acting interim president Martin Blaney who will remain at the US-owned distie as chief operating officer for Europe. Previous president …
John Oates, 26 Apr 2004
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Westcoast to buy Actebis

Westcoast has secured an agreement to buy rival distie Actebis from German giant Otto Group after nine months of negotiations. The deal - terms undisclosed - will catapult the UK-owned company into Europe's third biggest computer distie, behind Tech Data and Ingram Micro. Actebis has operations in 15 European countries. Joe …
Drew Cullen, 30 Sep 2003
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Westcoast loses MD Paul Cook

Updated UK reseller Westcoast has lost its MD Paul Cook after just two years. Andy Dow, Westcoast commercial director, confirmed Cook left the Reading outfit today. According to Dow, the departure was "totally amicable and totally mutual". The reseller has not found a replacement for Cook, and has no plans to appoint one. His MD job …
Linda Harrison, 23 May 2001
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Westcoast poaches C2000 sales johnny

Westcoast has poached Computer 2000’s field sales manager. Alan Hunt will join Westcoast in the first week of January as sales director. Hunt left Computer 2000 on Friday after seven and a half years at the distributor. He follows ex-C2000 sales director, Paul Cook, who left the distributor to be Westcoast MD earlier this year. …
Linda Harrison, 07 Dec 1999
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And another online channel matchmaker service hits the streets

A French company today launched a free online search engine for hardware components in the UK. is a virtual meeting place for distributors and resellers, where resellers can source hardware. The Paris-based outfit claims its service will speed up computer hardware buying. By typing in just the product reference …
Linda Harrison, 07 Dec 1999
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Employee of distributor Westcoast hits employee of dealer Action

Friday the Thirteenth proved unlucky for a top Westcoast employee when he was sacked after hitting an Action Computer Supplies member of staff on the nose at a company function. The nose was not, apparently, broken. David Gully, the Westcoast account manager responsible for Action, lost his job on the fated day after the fracas …
Linda Harrison, 16 Nov 1998