Tech firm fuels expansion plan with acquisition

Technology solutions and services firm SCC has made a majority investment in a Sheffield digital engineering consultancy, as it looks to build a 2,000-person European digital consultancy within the decade.

The Birmingham-headquartered firm founded in 1975 by Sir Peter Rigby has acquired Nimble, creating the opportunity for Nimble to engage with SCC’s public and private sector clients and expand it’s reach into Europe.

SCC will operate Nimble as a separate company under the guidance of current CEO Chris Roberts and the Nimble management team, with additional strategy support to be provided by senior SCC executives.

James Rigby, CEO of SCC EMEA said: “For decades, our customers across Europe have trusted us to bring value and support in their technology environments.

“The investment in Nimble – alongside organic investments we have already made in the areas of cloud, cybersecurity, and digital workplace – will enable SCC to bring that same trust and value as they embark on digital transformation journeys.”

CEO of Nimble, Chris Roberts said: “Partnering with SCC gives us rocket fuel to grow Nimble both in the UK and beyond.

“This gives Nimblers an even bigger playing field to deliver innovation across our current capabilities and to consider new areas where we can help customers accelerate their transformation, including AI.”

“With SCC’s global footprint and our investment in cloud services, we had many of the pieces we needed to help clients with digital transformation,” said Christine Olmsted, SCC’s Corporate Development Director, who will also serve as Nimble’s Chief Strategy Officer.

“What we lacked was the front end – a team of seasoned consultants who could help customers envision and articulate their needs and the development and delivery ‘squads’ to then make that vision a reality. With Nimble now on board, SCC can become the full-scale Digital Solutions and Services Provider our customers are seeking.”

Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Nimble was advised by Squire Patton Boggs and Alantra, while SCC advisors included Eversheds Sutherland and Grant Thornton.