Civica UK has acquired specialist software provider Abritas.
Based in Reading, Abritas provides web-based application software and related services for the UK social housing sector. Its software-as-a-service solutions are used by more than 170 local authorities and housing associations to provide social housing needs, options and lettings services for tenants, including an online mutual exchange tool to help tenants swap homes (www.swapandmove.co.uk).
The acquisition brings specialist capability which the Civica Group does not currently offer, which strengthens its capability to support improved and more efficient tenant services and help address homelessness.
Abritas has continued to perform well in 2016, securing agreements with new and existing customers across the country including, among others, Liverpool City Council, Nuneaton & Bedworth BC and Torfaen CBC.
Wayne Story, chief executive of Civica, said: “I am delighted to welcome Abritas to the Civica Group. Abritas brings a strong heritage and product set, and the combined business is very well placed to respond to the needs of customers to adapt to a changing social housing landscape.”
Simon Reynolds, sales director of Abritas, said: “This is the next stage in the development of our business and is a very positive step for employees, customers and partners. The combination of our specialist expertise and Civica’s breadth and depth of capability creates an exciting combination at an important time for the social housing sector. We look forward to building on our joint strengths in order to deliver increasing value to customers.”
The Civica Group has a successful track record of acquiring and integrating businesses with complementary skills and technology.