BT buys Basilica Computing

BT announced today it has acquired Basilica Computing, one of the UK’s leading providers of IT solutions to business. The acquisition will help enhance the ability of BT to service the IT and communications needs of the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). That acquisition comes 16 months after BT bought online Retailer Dabs.com and marks BT transition from a traditional telco to a purveyor of IT related services and solutions.

Bill Murphy, managing director of BT Business, said: “Basilica is one of the best companies in the IT solutions field, meeting the needs of businesses. Basilica excels at providing IT solutions – designing, configuring and implementing IT.

“BT’s strategy is to free up businesses to do what they do best – running their business. We will take care of their communications and technology needs. This acquisition will help us deliver that proposition to our customers and it will underpin BT’s long-term growth in the unified communications sector.”

Basilica is a leading IT solutions company, providing design, configuration and implementation services to its customers. Its accreditations include: HP Preferred Partner, Cisco Systems Authorised Reseller, IBM Premier Partner, Microsoft, Symantec and Alteris Gold Partner, VMware Enterprise Partner, and Citrix Gold Access Partner.

The company employs more than 200 people and generated revenues of £76 million for the year ended August 31, 2006. It has its head office in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire. Nick Gorringe, managing director, Basilica, said: “The combination of our expertise together with BT’s brand and BT Business’ channels creates a real powerhouse within the IT services and solutions marketplace. This transaction is great news for both our customers and employees.”

BT Business is a division within BT Retail that focuses entirely on the communications needs of SMEs in the UK. It is building the necessary IT skills and capabilities to create and deliver end to end IT solutions from sales to consulting and project management. The audited gross assets for Basilica were £20.5 million as at August 31, 2006.