History

The Exertis Group story starts in the UK back in 1980. It has now become one of the leading distributors in Europe through organic growth and acquisitions.

1980

Micro-Peripherals started in Basingstoke, UK.

Two entrepreneurs, Ian Jones and Ian Donaldson, founded Micro-P.

For the first 10 years we only sold printers, peripherals and monitors.

Ian Jones
Micro-P

Sharptext was established in 1980 in Dublin, Ireland.

Sharptext was founded by Eddie Kerr and Patrick Garvey. It was established, initially, to grow the market for Sharp business machines such as copiers, fax and telex machines. However, it quickly established a reputation for its customer service and brand management, and grew to have a portfolio of over 30 leading brands.


Sharptext

We had a shop in the early days

We were once a reseller! In the early 80s, we had a shop run by Gordon, the MD! That didn't last long...

We were also a manufacturer

In 1984 the company decided to diversify by setting up a small R&D department so the company could develop and manufacture its own products.

We started first with the MP range of printers - Shinwa and Nakajima

We also designed in Basingstoke and manufactured in the North:

  • Token ring network cards in association with Texas Instruments:– one of the first network systems
  • Multi-station access unit – forerunner of an Ethernet hub and USB hub
  • Designed a satellite receiver

We're a company that keeps reinventing itself

1984

Gem was Founded

Gem was founded in 1984 in the basement of a High street shop, Harlow, Essex.


Gem Distribution
1985

Micro-P opened an office in Rossendale, Lancashire

Finance, warehouse, customer service and engineering moved to the North.

Micro-P Warehouse
1987

Banque Magnétique was founded

Banque Magnetique
1989

SharpText Group buys Micro-P

Sharptext
1990

Advent Data started

Advent Data
1995

DCC acquires Gem

DCC
1996

Exertis GO Connect was founded in 1996

A distributor of communication headsets in The Netherlands, Go Connect was originally known as Go Telecom. In 2012, it changed its name to GO Connect to reflect the service offering, channel expertise and distribution network of more than just a telecom company.


Go Connect

CapTech Distribution is started in Gothenburg, Sweden by the entrepreneur Daniel Johnsson

CapTech
1997

DCC completes acquisition of SharpText

DCC

Comtrade was founded

Comtrade
2006

CapTech Distribution acquires Network Technical

Network Technical

Micro-P acquires Tekdata (Stoke)

Tekdata

CapTech Distribution acquires AVD Technology

AVD
2008

Gerry O'Keeffe starts as Financial Director

Gerry O'Keeffe

Acquired Portix and hence the Mobile division was launched!

Portix

CapTech Distribution acquires Gtek

GTEK
2009

Gerry O'Keeffe becomes Managing Director, Micro-P Ltd

Gerry O'Keeffe
2010

CapTech Distribution wins "Distributor of the year" at IT Business Awards in Stockholm.

CapTech
2011

Micro-P acquires Advent Data (consumables)

Advent Data

Micro-P Mobile wins exclusive distribution contract for Nokia in the UK.

Gem acquires Ztorm in December 2011

Ztorm
2012

Acquires Go Connect Netherlands

Go Connect
2013

Micro-P acquires Cohort. Tekdata becomes Micro P Security. Sharptext becomes Exertis Ireland.

Cohort

Paul Bryan becomes UK Managing Director

Paul Bryan

Gerry O'Keeffe becomes Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Exertis

Gerry O'Keeffe

Patrice Arzillier becomes Managing Director, Exertis continental Europe

Patrice Arzillier

CapTech Distribution acquires Hattelco AB

Hattelco

Sercom group rebranded as Exertis group - 10 divisions become 1 brand

Exertis grows to £1.966 billion turnover - 38% growth year on year!

  • Largest channel sales team in UK & Ireland – over 250 sales staff at Exertis Micro-P alone.
  • Over 200+ vendors
  • 9000 resellers/retailers trading annually
  • Warehouse (120,000 sq ft) in Altham
2014

CapTech Distribution acquires Pocketstället

CapTech

Exertis acquires CapTech Distribution

CapTech

Exertis launch the Linx brand

Linx
2015

Welcoming Computers Unlimited to the Exertis Family

Computer Unlimited

Exertis starts building a new NDC in Burnley

Burnley

Exertis acquires CUC

CUC
2016

Exertis moves into a new building in Basingstoke – bringing all their Basingstoke offices into one location

Exertis Ashwood

Exertis acquires Siracom

Linx

Exertis acquires Medium

Medium

Exertis acquires Hammer

Hammer

Exertis acquires SVD

SVD
2017

Exertis Move - National Distribution Centre

Exertis move into the new National Distribution Centre in Burnley Bridge centralising all their northern warehouses into one 515,000sq ft. facility

Computers Unlimited

Exertis Medium move into their new premises in Stockley Park

SVD
2017

Exertis acquires MTR

MTR
2018

Exertis acquires Hypertec

Hypertec

Exertis acquires Kondor

Kondor

Gerry O’Keeffe becomes Managing Director, Exertis Distribution

Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin becomes Managing Director for the Exertis Group at DCC

Tim Griffin

DCC Technology Acquires Stampede

Stampede