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Northdoor acquires Linksfield Technologies

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Northdoor acquires Linksfield Technologies


Move broadens Northdoor’s capabilities in software development and furthers its expansion into financial services


Leading IT consultancy Northdoor has today announced the acquisition of Linksfield Technologies, an IT consultancy and software development company specialising in Microsoft technologies. The acquisition is the first during David Ballard’s tenure as CEO of Northdoor and further expands Northdoor’s presence in the financial services and professional services industries.


As a Microsoft partner accredited in Portals & Collaboration (Gold), Business Intelligence and Data Platform, Linksfield Technologies will not only complement but also advance Northdoor’s experience and expertise. The acquisition also adds a number of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, such as Financial Sanctions Register (FSR) Checker, Key Facts Illustration and Document Vault, to Northdoor’s service portfolio. Linksfield clients include Burdale Financial, Huddle, Investec, Medivet, and the Stenham Group.


David Ballard, CEO of Northdoor, said:

“Northdoor has ambitious goals for expansion in 2012 and beyond. While we have consistently delivered organic growth, we continue to search for acquisition and partnership opportunities that will help us to exceed our targets. Linksfield Technologies not only has a great customer base but also a range of services and skills that are compatible with ours. We’re confident that this compatibility with our strengths in financial services will deliver value for Northdoor as well as Linksfield clients.”


“I am delighted that in Northdoor we have found a company which shares our belief in the value of independent thinking, born out of industry experience, creativity and practicality,” stated Stuart Elliston, Managing Director of Linksfield.


Linksfield was founded in 1999.  The Linksfield team, based in London, is experienced in deploying a number of different software development methodologies, ranging from waterfall-based / SSADM approaches to the more modern agile methodologies, such as Extreme Programming and SCRUM.


Founders Larry and Jonathan Shapiro, who withdrew from day-to-day management of the business one year ago, will remain involved with the company on a consulting basis to ensure continuity of services to Linksfield customers. Speaking about the transaction, they stated: “We are delighted with the acquisition by Northdoor of the company we founded 12 years ago, and we feel this represents the next exciting step in Linksfield’s evolution for both our valued clients and our dedicated staff.”


About Northdoor

Northdoor provides integrated information technology solutions. Its services encompass consultancy, application development, enterprise infrastructure and IT support and managed services.  Originally founded in 1989 to serve the London Market, Northdoor has extended its expertise in insurance and banking to wider sectors, such as media, retail and travel, with services now reaching over 200 businesses. Northdoor has a collaborative and high-touch customer care approach in delivering tailored solutions that help clients to achieve their business objectives. For more information see www.northdoor.co.uk


About Linksfield

Linksfield Technologies is a leading technology consultancy and services company that assists businesses with IT strategy and bespoke software solutions. Founded in the UK in 1999 by a team of technologists with proven business experience, the company prides itself on delivering high quality technology advice, software services and solutions to its clients. Financial Sanctions Register (FSR) Checker is one of its leading-edge products in the financial services compliance industry.


Its team are highly qualified technology consultants and technical experts, committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service. Headquartered in London, it services a European and international customer base, spanning blue-chip and small companies alike, and works across both the private and public sectors. Its customer base comprises a number of vertical sectors, with particular focus on the financial services industry. Linksfield is proud to have been a Microsoft Gold Partner since 2007. www.linksfield.com



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