Today we announced that Telstra has acquired Company85, a UK-based technology services business and leading provider of data centre, workspace, cloud, security and network services. Christopher Smith explains how this represents another step forward in growing our services business.

Company85 is highly regarded in the UK market for its consulting and technical expertise, and they have a customer base which includes leading UK-based business and government organisations such as BBC, NHS, Royal Mail and London City Airport, and multinational corporations like AstraZeneca, J.P. Morgan and Roche.

Company85’s capability is strongly aligned to the existing suite of technology services we offer our Australian customers through our Business Technology Services group, and this acquisition is consistent with strategic investments we have made in the Australian market to grow this area of our business. These acquisitions include Kloud, which helps us support enterprises who want to transition their workloads and applications to the cloud, and Readify, a leading provider of application development and software-focused consulting and managed services.

This acquisition also aligns with our strategy to grow our services business in regions that are key hubs for multinational corporations. We see the UK as an important market and a strong platform to expand into Europe, and the acquisition of Company85 will significantly enhance our service offering for UK and European based business and government customers.

As organisations look to digitise their business, whether it’s to expand into new markets, create new products or improve efficiency, they are increasingly seeking integrated solutions for their network, security and cloud infrastructure, as well as advice on how to implement and manage these.

Company85’s reputation and broad set of consulting capabilities will help us to differentiate our offering and engage in IT transformation conversations with prospective customers early in the proposal stage, which we believe will help to strengthen our position and create demand for our network services in the region.