Talon acquisition boosts turnover to £500,000

Talon acquisition boosts turnover to £500,000

Glasgow IT company, Talon Business Solutions, has acquired payroll and accountancy software IT firm Roxxap for an undisclosed sum.

Talon, bought by technology sector entrepreneur Tom O’Hara last year, will add more than £500,000 in turnover to Bonnyrigg-based Roxxap.

The deal sees managing director Mark Higgins and his team join Talon, which focuses on providing accounting and ERP solutions, CRM, Sharepoint, Office 365, cloud and network infrastructure services.

Since Talon was acquired, the business has doubled in size with turnover rising to £1.2m (September 2016), and demand for consultancy services has grown by two-thirds.  The acquisition of Roxxap will take turnover past £2m and will see staffing grow to around 40 by the end of 2017.

Chief executive officer Tom O’Hara, who developed Kick ICT Group as an IT acquisition and development vehicle, said: "The acquisition of Roxxap is an exciting development for the Group, and we are delighted to welcome Mark and his colleagues to Talon. 

"Their expertise and client base will help us strengthen our position as one of Scotland’s leading Dynamics NAV Resellers, and as a single source for the Microsoft Business Applications Suite of products, infrastructure and support.

Kick ICT Group is jointly owned by Tom O’Hara, Alan Turnbull and David Chazan, the founder of Talon Business Solutions, with Talon a subsidiary of Kick ICT Group.  Talon is based in Finnieston Business Park, Glasgow.

O’Hara added: "Talon has grown quickly since we acquired the business, and we have secured a diverse, dynamic and interesting range of clients across many sectors.  The business is performing strongly and 50% of our income is now recurring, which is key as it allows us to plan for the long term.  

"We remain in the market for acquisitions or mergers, and are particularly interested in entrepreneurial firms that are at the leading edge of a specialist niche, or talented individuals that want to join a fast-growing Scottish IT business."