Node4 has announced its acquisition of risual, an IT managed services and solutions provider and Microsoft Azure Expert MSP.
risual, which currently employs 170 staff in the UK, has 17 years’ solution and service knowledge across Microsoft platforms to add to Node4’s offering, which itself is also an Azure Expert MSP.
This announcement follows Node4’s acquisition of TNP in July 2021, and brings together a comprehensive Microsoft portfolio of services. The Group plans to create a Microsoft Centre of Excellence.
risual is accredited for many public sector digital and IT service frameworks, including the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which will play a role in Node4 bringing its wider portfolio of solutions to public sector organisations.
risual’s co-founders Alun Rogers and Rich Proud will remain in their positions alongside their management team, and Node4 has said it will support the continued growth of risual Education, which provides an apprenticeship programme for students and end-user training to help UK organisations adopt technology.
“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,” commented Andrew Gilbert, CEO of Node4. “With complementary Microsoft skill sets, Node4 and risual are ideally suited to deliver the change that matters for clients and the transformation outcomes they need.”
Alun Rogers, Co-Founder at risual, said, “Joining the Node4 team is an extremely exciting step for risual, and their excellent reputation was a decisive factor in our decision to take risual into the group. Node4’s exceptional service as standard, as well as their culture and commitment to providing strategic input and honest direction, is in perfect harmony with risual’s core values of honesty, openness, and trust.”
“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,” added Rich Proud, Co-Founder at risual. “Our amazing team are looking forward to maximising group opportunities and play important roles in the ongoing Node4 success story.” Proud concluded.
Node4’s principal investor is Providence Equity Partners. Node4 was advised by PwC (financial) and Pinsent Masons (legal). The completion of the acquisition is subject to National Security and Investment (NSI) act approval.
The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.