Chess continues acquisition spree with IRW Systems purchase


Software designers join the likes of Parachute IT, Integra ICT, Avenir Telecom and The CM Business as part of over 80 businesses acquired by Chess in the past decade

Chess Telecom has acquired Scottish Microsoft Partner and bespoke software design specialists IRW Systems for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition will add 50 additional software design specialists working in Glasgow and Edinburgh to Chess’ current staff count of 400, also adding £3 million in annual turnover.

IRW Systems, which was funded in 1994, specialises in software and portal design, development and support services built around the Microsoft platform and tools, particularly SharePoint, .Net, CRM, Mobile, Power BI, Web and Cloud based systems.

It has a blue chip customer base across the public and private sectors including central government departments, health, police, local authorities, communications, engineering/manufacturing, finance, professional services and the voluntary sector.

It joins Parachute IT, ebilz, Integra ICT, Avenir Telecom and The CRM Business as companies acquired by Chess, bringing its total acquisitions total to more than 80 businesses in the past decade.

Chess chief executive David Pollock (pictured) said: “IRW Systems have proven expertise within the Microsoft solutions portfolio, cloud applications and technical services arena.

“Together we are uniquely positioned to deliver a range of consulting and software services to our existing and new customers and partners. This foundation is essential for enabling the next wave of technological change for customers focusing on the transition to cloud-based technologies and applications.”