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March 3, 2014

Civica buys care software company Coldharbour Systems

Deal extends Civica's presence in sectors beyond its customer base; Coldharbour customers include Orchard Care, Helen McArdle Care and Berkeley Healthcare groups

Civica has acquired Coldharbour Systems, a Bristol-based provider of software for the healthcare sector.

Coldharbour Systems specialises in application software and related services for the UK care sector and has more than 160 customers across residential, community, nursery and health care services. Recent clients include Orchard Care Group, the Huntercombe Group, Helen McArdle Care and Berkeley Healthcare.

In a statement about the acquisition, which is for an undisclosed sum, Civica said that the care sector “continues to negotiate a period of change driven by demographic trends, financial and service constraints in the public sector, and growth and consolidation in the independent sector.

“The acquisition of Coldharbour extends Civica’s presence and expertise in sectors adjacent to its existing customer base while the combined product and service portfolio will enable the company to offer broader solutions to the health care sector including cloud and managed services.”

Simon Downing, chief executive of Civica said, “I am delighted to welcome Coldharbour Systems to the Group. Effective IT systems have an increasingly important role to play in delivering improved performance and efficiency in a changing sector. Coldharbour brings a market-leading product set and an excellent reputation, and the combined business is very well placed to respond to the needs of customers across the health care sector.”

Roy Proctor, managing director of Coldharbour Systems, said, “This is a very positive development for customers, partners and employees. The combination creates a stronger partner for our customers with a broader capability at an important time for the sector. We look forward to building on our joint strengths and vision in order to deliver increasing value to customers.”

Both Civica and Coldharbour System have already been working together at customers including The Priory, RVS and Four Seasons Healthcare, where Civica’s electronic document management software is a component of Coldharbour’s e-Compliance solution.

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