Medhurst Group Increases Customer Base to over 500 Education Clients
Medhurst, a leading provider of IT services and solutions to the education and commercial sectors, today announced it has finalised the acquisition of a majority stake in Drift IT, a provider of specialist education IT support solutions. With this partnership, Drift IT Services formally becomes a subsidiary company within the Medhurst group of companies.
Drift IT Services principally serves the primary school market with a range of specialist IT solutions and support services. The founders of Drift IT bring a wealth of over 40 years’ experience specifically within the education sector and are passionate about providing IT solutions that underpin teaching and learning.
Commenting on the partnership, Charlie Baynes, Managing Director of Medhurst said, “This is a very exciting time for Medhurst and Drift IT with new opportunities to create extra value for clients of both companies. Medhurst is a recognised leader in IT education solutions boasting gold partnerships with global IT hardware and software vendors and we are delighted to welcome Drift IT and its clients to the Medhurst group of companies. With this partnership, we have significantly strengthened our presence in the education IT sector and now service the IT needs of over 500 education clients. Drift IT’s Directors, Peter Shone and Peter Morgan are a very valued addition to the Medhurst Group and we look forward to working with them and their talented team to continue our growth in specialist education IT services and solutions across the UK.”
Peter Shone, Director at Drift IT added, “At Drift IT Services we understand the strategic role that IT plays in the primary education sector and have always strived to make sure that the Drift team is made up of people who not only understand the importance of IT in education but also that schools need to derive the best value from their IT budget. After experiencing considerable growth over the past few years, we are now looking to take our business to the next level. This partnership agreement makes Medhurst and Drift IT best placed to fulfil the exacting needs of schools and Multi Academy Trusts alike, delivering cost-effective, high performing, innovate learning environments. The Medhurst Group will greatly benefit our clients, partners and employees. We now have the opportunity to leverage the resources of a leading IT education provider while continuing to invest in and deliver exceptional services to our clients.”
Drift IT Services will increase its unique industry and vendor-led Level 3 & 4 IT Apprenticeship programme across the UK. Accredited by City & Guilds and endorsed by The Tech Partnership, the UK’s sector skills council for IT, students will gain Apprenticeship Diplomas as well as vendor certifications from CompTIA and Microsoft.
Medhurst recently achieved ISO 9001:2015 Accreditation, confirming the Group’s commitment to the provision and on-going support of IT solutions to the education and commercial sectors, and to ensure that operations fully meet the requirements of our customers at all times.
The Medhurst Group now includes over 500 clients in the education sector and 60 full time staff, 40 of which are dedicated IT engineers.
The ownership and management of Drift IT Services will remain the same, and the Directors will continue to direct and drive the company as before and in the future.