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.
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.
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.
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
Gem was Founded
Gem was founded in 1984 in the basement of a High street shop, Harlow, Essex.
Micro-P opened an office in Rossendale, Lancashire
Finance, warehouse, customer service and engineering moved to the North.
Banque Magnétique was founded
SharpText Group buys Micro-P
Advent Data started
DCC acquires Gem
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.
CapTech Distribution is started in Gothenburg, Sweden by the entrepreneur Daniel Johnsson
DCC completes acquisition of SharpText
Comtrade was founded
CapTech Distribution acquires Network Technical
Micro-P acquires Tekdata (Stoke)
CapTech Distribution acquires AVD Technology
Gerry O'Keeffe starts as Financial Director
Acquired Portix and hence the Mobile division was launched!
CapTech Distribution acquires Gtek
Gerry O'Keeffe becomes Managing Director, Micro-P Ltd
CapTech Distribution wins "Distributor of the year" at IT Business Awards in Stockholm.
Micro-P acquires Advent Data (consumables)
Micro-P Mobile wins exclusive distribution contract for Nokia in the UK.
Gem acquires Ztorm in December 2011.
Acquires Go Connect Netherlands
Micro-P acquires Cohort. Tekdata becomes Micro P Security. Sharptext becomes Exertis Ireland.
Paul Bryan becomes UK Managing Director
Gerry O'Keeffe becomes Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Exertis
Patrice Arzillier becomes Managing Director, Exertis continental Europe
CapTech Distribution acquires Hattelco AB
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