Civica Group Limited (“Civica”), a market leader in specialist systems and business process services that help organisations transform the way they work, has announced that Civica UK Limited, the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, has acquired education IT software provider, Corero Business Systems Limited.
Corero Business Systems, based in Rickmansworth, specialises in application software and related services primarily for the UK education sector. The company is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of financial, student and business management systems, supporting more than 800 schools and colleges.
Education providers continue to negotiate a period of change driven by Government reforms including Academy, Free School and Technical College programmes, coupled with mounting financial pressures. Civica has a strong record of growth in education in the UK and internationally, supporting over 4,000 schools and libraries, and the acquisition of Corero Business Systems strengthens and extends the Group’s position.
Commenting, Simon Downing, chief executive of Civica said, “I am delighted to welcome Corero Business Systems to the Civica Group. ICT and ICT-based partnerships have an increasingly important role in helping schools and colleges improve teaching and learning whilst reducing overall costs. Through the breadth and experience of our combined business we are very well placed to respond to the needs of the sector both in the UK and internationally.”
Bernard Snowe, managing director of Corero Business Systems, said, “This is a very positive development for customers, partners and employees. The combination of Corero’s software product range and Civica’s strategic learning and managed services capability creates a stronger partner for our customers at an important time for the sector. I look forward to building on our joint strengths and vision in order to deliver increasing value to customers.”
Civica has a history of profitable growth with a successful record of acquiring and integrating businesses with complementary skills and technology and to support areas of increasing emphasis. This latest development follows the acquisition of RM Asia Pacific Pty Limited, one of the region’s major providers of school systems and classroom technology, in November 2011. The Group now provides software and services to more than 5,000 schools globally.