Harris Computer Corporation acquires Quicksilva

Technology investor Harris Computer Corporation, owned by Constellation (TSX:CSU), has acquired Quicksilva, an independent UK-based supplier of IT systems integration and messaging services, in a sale directed by BCMS.

Established in 1999, Quicksilva was formed to meet the growing need for IT development and delivery. Quicksilva has been associated with prestigious projects in the public and private sectors, alongside a major focus on health and social care. The business is a key provider to the NHS Spine, a digital central point joining together over 23,000 healthcare IT systems in 20,500 organisations to allow information to be shared securely through national services.

Quicksilva’s interface to the NHS Spine initiated Spine-in-a-Box, a test harness designed to mimic the functionality of the NHS Spine, enabling suppliers to have a practice run through before going through the compliance process of the Spine.

“I would like to recognise BCMS’ tenacity in driving through issues for my benefit, negotiating with skill and foresight where necessary. I won’t get the chance to sell another business, but if I did I would want you on my side” – Gayna Hart, Quicksilva

Founder and Managing Director Gayna Hart said: “I have developed Quicksilva for 20 years and I feel now it is time to see how far it can go with the backing of an investor. I am very pleased that Harris Computer Corporation have seen potential in Quicksilva and I believe that they will build the business to its full potential.”

Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Harris focuses on acquiring businesses with growth potential, managing them well and scaling them up. With over 60,000 customers the company serves public sector, healthcare, utilities and private sector businesses through North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Deal commentary

At the time of the transaction in 2019, President of Harris Healthcare, Jerry Canada commented: “We are very excited to have acquired Quicksilva. Their focus on health and social care fits well with our existing businesses in this segment. This market focus, along with the company’s strong association with the NHS, led us to make this investment.”

BCMS Assistant Director Jim Whitaker added: “We are delighted to have helped Quicksilva gain a successful outcome. We feel that Harris will assist Quicksilva with their future development and we wish them all the very best.”