London-based technology and managed services provider, IT Lab, just announced it has acquired Manchester-based IT provider JMC IT. With a combined turnover approaching £30m, a 300-strong team and in excess of 750 clients, the new firm will lead the way in the UK in managed IT services for SMEs and mid-market organisations. Peter Sweetbaum, CEO of IT Lab (and formerly a Senior Technology Adviser within the Cabinet Office) remains CEO, while Andrew Burgess, JMC IT Managing Director, becomes Director of Integration and a Non-Executive Director of IT Lab. After a period of transition, JMC will be integrated under the IT Lab brand. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

JMC’s portfolio of technology services and solutions, specifically ERP and software integration, was the perfect complement to the IT Lab portfolio. IT Lab, a strong and established player in the support and cloud services marketplace, focuses on identifying business-enabling technology strategies for its clients and delivering vendor-neutral solutions. These include private cloud, public cloud and SaaS deployment and integration services.

This latest acquisition by IT Lab, which is ranked within the Top 5 European and Top 50 global managed services suppliers, follows its purchase of Atlanta Technology, a cloud, managed services & IaaS provider, and Systems Ability, a managed services & Application Lifecycle Management Services (ALMS) company. Peter Sweetbaum, CEO, IT Lab, commented “From the very first time we talked to 
JMC, we were hugely excited. It was immediately clear we shared the same values and dedication to excellent customer service and had highly complementary skills, services and geographies. JMC is a real force within IT and has proven itself time and time again. We are excited by the innovation and opportunities that will arise from joining two dynamic and driven teams and are looking forward to harnessing this capability for all of our clients.”

Andrew Burgess, Managing Director, JMC IT, added “We are delighted to be joining forces with IT Lab to create one of the UK’s largest technology and managed services providers, and are confident the new company will offer new opportunities to staff and clients alike. For some time, we have felt that so much more could be achieved if JMC could extend its range of service offerings, increase its capacity and capability, and extend its geographical coverage — and IT Lab was the perfect fit. Importantly, IT Lab’s culture, mission and values are perfectly aligned with our own, reflected by the fact that they, too, are a fellow repeated Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For winner.”

COMMENT: In recent years JMC IT (originally J M Computing) has been best known in the legal IT sector for its integration services for larger law firms in the North-West however as the company’s Northern partner, it was also responsible for establishing Mountain Software (now part of Advanced Legal)  as an IT system for law firms in the region.