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Chess Completes Deal for IRW

Chess has acquired Scottish Microsoft Partner and specialists in bespoke software design, development and support, IRW Systems.

The acquisition will see IRW Systems bring skills and market share within the growing Chess IT and software consultancy space, providing 50 additional highly trained Software Design Specialists working in Glasgow and Edinburgh and adding £3 million annual turnover to the Chess Group.

Chess Chief Executive, David Pollock (pictured), sees the acquisition as a key strategic move, “IRW Systems have proven expertise within the Microsoft solutions portfolio, cloud applications and technical services arena. Together we are uniquely positioned to deliver a range of consulting and software services to our existing and new customers and partners. This foundation is essential for enabling the next wave of technological change for customers focusing on the transition to cloud-based technologies and applications.”

Managing Director of IRW Systems, Ian Warnock, commented “We immediately appreciated that Chess was our preferred choice for future growth and to maximise our potential. Our highly complementary technologies and comprehensive portfolios will together enable our continued success in the cloud solutions arena. Being part of Chess will provide our current IRW Systems employees, with an exciting opportunity to be part of a fast growing UK leader in communications and technology services.”

Chess Director Richard Btesh added “Our expanding presence from telecoms to the cloud, data and hosted space is bringing us more high profile acquisitions enquiries.”

IRW Systems joins Parachute IT, ebillz, Integra ICT, Avenir Telecoms and The CRM Business as companies acquired by Chess that will further extend Chess’s portfolio of services, bringing Chess’s acquisition total to over 80 businesses in 10years.

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David Dungay

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