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Bluecube  (an Ekco Company), a leading MSP based in Milton Keynes, has acquired the legal IT specialist CTS in a move that makes Bluecube the number one MSP to the legal industry in the UK and Ireland. CTS, based in Cheshire, had entered into administration and reached agreement with Bluecube so that critical managed services to its customers can continue.

Following on from the acquisition, CTS customers will enjoy a swift and seamless transition to the Bluecube service delivery model, particularly its dedicated legal service practice, with a key focus on service continuity and transparent communication. Bluecube CEO, James Hawker, and the wider team look forward to building relationships with all of the CTS customers.

CTS customers will realise immediate benefits with Bluecube, being able to access a large and robust suite of cyber security services. With security operations centres in Milton Keynes, Dublin and Kuala Lumpur and over 300 security specialists, CTS customers can avail of one of the largest cyber security practices in Europe.

Bluecube has a proven track record in the highly regulated and distinctive culture of the legal sector. Bluecube has a mature, world-class security operations centre and holds a variety of accreditations, including ISO 27001, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.

Commenting on the deal, James Hawker, CEO of Bluecube, an Ekco company, said: “CTS has a longstanding and rich relationship with many organisations in the legal sector. We view the addition of these customers as a strategic opportunity to build the leading MSP practice for the legal sector in the UK and Ireland.”

James Hawker, Bluecube CEO and Jonathan Crowe, Co-founder and COO of Ekco

“We are confident that we can offer both the CTS people and their customers a smooth transition to Bluecube. We will provide CTS customers with market leading IT services that will allow their businesses to continue to grow,” he added.

The UK legal sector currently employs 368,000 people and contributes £34bn to the economy. It is undergoing a period of rapid digital transformation as legal practices from single operator barristers and solicitors to large enterprises embrace technology and look to specialist service providers like Bluecube to cater to their unique needs.

Bluecube was acquired by Ekco, Europe’s fastest growing, security-first managed cloud service provider, in November 2023. Under the terms of the deal, the MSP division of CTS will transfer to Bluecube.

About Bluecube, an Ekco company

Bluecube Technology Solutions is an award-winning IT service provider delivering managed IT support services to businesses globally. It helps organisations improve their IT performance, build cyber resilience, and offers reliable cloud solutions, infrastructure, and equipment. Bluecube’s mission is to make people’s lives easier, more connected, organised, and secure.

Established in 2003, Bluecube has grown year-on-year and now has a team of over 200 professionals, in four offices around the world, supporting 160 customers and over 16,000 users, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Bluecube was acquired by Ekco in December 2023.

About CTS

Established in 2008, CTS’s specialist focus has enabled it to become a leading MSP to the legal sector in the UK and Ireland. In 2020, CTS acquired Sprout IT and City Business Solutions (CBS), both of whom specialise in providing services to Barristers’ Chambers, further expanding its legal sector client base and knowledge. CTS is headquartered in Cheshire with 133 employees, supporting 166 customers.

About Ekco

Founded in 2016 by Jonathan Crowe and Eoin Blacklock, Ekco is one of Europe’s fastest-growing, security-first cloud managed service providers. The company has scaled rapidly across the UK and Europe through an ambitious buy-and-build programme.

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