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Retail Assist embarks on new chapter as it joins the Barron McCann group of companies

Retail Assist, a UK-based provider of managed services and IT solutions, has been acquired by Alan Watson, Executive Chairman and owner of technology service provider Barron McCann.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Retail Assist’s customers include Harvey Nichols, Morrisons, Best Food Logistics, Ted Baker, Slater Menswear, Vue Cinemas, Hobbycraft and Mint Velvet.

Established in 1977, Barron McCann provides IT installation and maintenance services, solution design and hardware procurement within the retail, hospitality, leisure, and retail banking sectors.

The acquisition is pitched as the next step in a partnership between Retail Assist and Barron McCann that spans over 15 years.

According to a press release: “By bringing together their strengths and expertise, the two companies will become a powerhouse for technology, providing innovative solutions that meet the ever-evolving needs of the retail and hospitality industries whilst providing the platform for successful expansion into new sectors.”

“We are thrilled to join forces with Barron McCann and embark on this exciting new chapter,” says Kevin Greathead, Managing Director at Retail Assist.

“Through our strategic partnership, we will deliver increased value and enhanced capabilities for our customers. Our shared vision for growth and customer centric focus sets the stage for continued success.”

Scott Watson, Managing Director at Barron McCann, says: “We are excited for Retail Assist to join the Barron McCann family. We have spent the past 15 years collaborating on numerous projects and we have built a strong partnership through our shared commitment to providing the very best service to our customers.”

“This acquisition formalises our partnership, bringing award winning managed services and leading ERP software solutions to our groups ever-growing service portfolio.”

Alan Watson comments: “I am delighted to welcome Retail Assist to the Barron McCann group of companies.”

“This is the latest step in our group expansion strategy, ensuring we provide a wider and more diverse portfolio of leading services. Our combined offering will present a new value proposition to our existing customers whilst spearheading our expansion into new sectors.”

“As Retail Assist moves into this exciting new phase of growth, this acquisition provides both entities with an even stronger platform to pursue new opportunities, expand technical capabilities and deliver even greater value to customers.”

“With a shared commitment to innovation, growth, and customer excellence, both companies are excited to take their combined offering into both new and existing markets. Bringing together best-of-breed services and solutions, we look forward to shaping the future of our industry.”

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