Managed services provider swoops for West Midlands rival

Andrew Gilbert of Node4

Node4, the Derby-headquartered managed services provider (MSP), has acquired a West Midlands-based firm that employs 170 people across the UK.

Node4’s acquisition of risual follows the company’s swoop for TNP, a Microsoft Dynamics 365 partner, in July last year.

risual is based in Stafford and provides consultancy, managed services, training and adoption, apprenticeships and licensing for cloud technologies to a range of global businesses and the UK public sector.

Its co-founders, Alun Rogers and Rich Proud, will remain in leadership roles following the acquisition.

Andrew Gilbert, CEO of Node4, said: “As Node4 evolves as a business delivering more cloud-led transformation services, risual represents a perfect fit given its track record, consultancy skills and managed services in the public cloud.”

Rich Proud said: “The combined group is ready to lead our clients with insights to solve their most challenging needs considering secure and environmentally sustainable operations.

“With an integrated team of highly-skilled, trustworthy, and experienced people, the group aims to guide and support clients with capacity and scale to meet any demand.

“Our amazing team is looking forward to maximising group opportunities and play important roles in the ongoing Node4 success story.”

Wright Hassall acted alongside LDP Luckmans and Equiteq on the transaction.

Steve Halkett, partner and head of corporate at Wright Hassall, said: “This is fantastic news for risual as it develops the breadth of services it offers to its clients.

“risual has established a strong reputation since forming in 2005 and it is great to have played a part in the latest chapter of its story.”

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