It has been announced today that York-HQ boxxe has fully acquired Total Computers, creating one of the UK’s largest providers of software, solutions and services to both the public and private sector. Phil Doye, owner of boxxe, had previously acquired a minority stake in Total Computers just over a year ago.

With the deal set to close on Wednesday 31st January 2024, Clients can expect a broader portfolio of offerings, ranging from the latest hardware solutions to bespoke software applications and a variety of IT services.

The move exposes boxxe to a new set of clients and adds further growth prospects to a business that has already seen rapid organic expansion over the past two years. Total, which is headquartered in Kettering, also has a significant presence in the UK public sector, which will benefit from additional framework access and public sector-specific expertise.

Phil Doye told CRN that the acquisition felt like a natural fit after several years of close collaboration with Total CEO Aidan Groom.

"I've known Aidan for a long time. Over the years we talked a lot about Total and the wider market and in 2022, those conversations progressed to the point where I made a personal investment into Total”, Doye explains.

During the course of 23, it became obvious to both of us that putting Total and boxxe together just made good sense. Being part of a bigger group means they are going to be able to solve some of the challenges that they've faced over the years and really accelerate growth."

Aidan Groom, who will take on a non-executive role in the wider boxxe business, said, “Working with Phil over the past 12 months has challenged our ambition for what Total can become. We have created something special at Total, but this is the next step in the evolution of our company.

For both companies it allows us to grow faster and become even more relevant to our customers through a wider range of partner accreditations, deeper technical skills and greater financial strength and scale.”

Kevin Goodall, who has become managing director of Total, said: “The most common feedback I get from our customers is that we want to do more with you, but you don’t have the financial scale or range of partner certifications that Computacenter, CDW or Softcat has.

To be part of the boxxe group is hugely exciting as it gives us a more complete portfolio and financial scale that enables us to think bigger and be even more ambitious.”

Doye added: “The IT channel has, over the past number of years, seen the largest players get bigger and the small ones either specialise, struggle, or get acquired.

This deal marks a pivotal moment in the journey of boxxe. With the acceleration of digital transformation, the continued growth of public cloud and the proliferation of software companies it’s critical that a partner can deliver across this landscape.”

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