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Rigby Group acquires flagship data centre from SSE Telecoms

1/10/2014 by


The company which owns Exeter Airport has acquired a data centre, bringing its data investment to £50 million this year.

The Rigby Group’s technology business SCC has now acquired SSE Telecoms’ flagship Hampshire Data Centre.

The transaction sees SCC take ownership of the Fareham-based site which is owned by the FTSE 100 listed energy and utility provider.

The deal, which will provide SCC with crucial additional capacity in the South of England, is the Group’s 12th piece of merger and acquisition activity since hitting the acquisition trail in 2013 and the seventh in 2014 alone.

The data centre is a Tier 3+ facility, with advanced back-up systems, multiple uplinks and dual power systems in place to remain operational in all but the most exceptional circumstances.

Graded second highest in the data centre ranking system, it guarantees service availability 99.982% of the time and comes with a number of long-term deals in place with major corporate clients.

SCC witnessed growth of 69% from Data Centre and Cloud services alone last year following a succession of key customer wins including Gist, Aggregate Industries, BOC, IBM, Oxfordshire County Council, CAA and the Highways Agency.

Stephen Rigby, Rigby Group’s chief operating officer, said: “We are pleased to have been able to move quickly to secure this deal which provides crucial extra capacity and room for further expansion and investment.

“SCC remains the cornerstone of the group in terms of revenues and we have previously stated our desire to build our business through acquisition and this deal is further testament of this plan.

"We are also looking at other opportunities to continue to invest.”

James Rigby, SCC CEO, added: “This is a significant acquisition from a major FTSE 100 company, which represents another major step towards our goal to become Europe’s principal IT services business.

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