Scheduling specialist Xmbrace has been acquired by Kirona Group (“Kirona”).
Xmbrace is a leading supplier of automated workforce scheduling systems in the UK, with its primary product OPTI-TIME considered the leader in its chosen markets. The decision to acquire Xmbrace is a reflection of Kirona’s belief in the significant opportunities presented by enhancing its workforce job scheduling and management proposition.
As well as establishing Kirona further in the Social Housing marketplace, it also presents a great opportunity for Kirona to introduce Xmbrace’s software into the commercial markets within which Kirona operates.
Commenting on the news, David Murray, Managing Director of Kirona Group said, ”Kirona and Xmbrace have worked in partnership since 2006, delivering and supporting complex projects to a wide variety of high profile customers in the UK Social Housing market. During the time we have worked together, the similarity between both companies’ partner reseller strategy and company values became clear.“
”Across all the markets we operate we are seeing increased demand for fully managed end to end dynamic scheduling and mobile solutions, integrated in real time with downstream systems.“
”Bringing the companies together will allow greater investment in the combined technology offerings and drive better outcomes for our customers and partners.“
David Todd, Managing Director of Xmbrace, added, “The Xmbrace team looks forward to growing the important relationships with our customers and partners. Over the coming weeks we will be contacting them to share more detailed information about the exciting investment plans for the future of the combined business.“
Xmbrace is the market leader in the provision of dynamic appointment and workforce scheduling solutions to the UK Local Government and Housing Maintenance sectors.
Since formation in 2001, Xmbrace has helped over 200 organisations deliver business change by driving improved customer service and performance optimisation. We do this through the implementation of customer focused software solutions and the provision of Best Practice guidance across the areas of Appointment Booking, Dynamic Scheduling, Mobile Working, and Customer Messaging.
Kirona was founded in 2003 with the vision to design, build and deliver market leading mobile working solutions; software that would enable field-based operatives to work much more efficiently for their organisations. Today, Kirona is a leading provider of Field Force Automation solutions, with a fully end-to-end approach that incorporates software and transformation services.
In December 2011 Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) invested in the management buyout of Kirona, with a view to supplementing the organic growth strategy with targeted M&A activity.
Since its launch in 1981, LDC has completed over 440 investments and supports a portfolio that stands at over 60 businesses across the UK, and is collectively valued in excess of £2billion. Whilst having Lloyds Banking Group as a parent company pays dividends in strong financial support, it’s LDC’s unique commitment to making a difference in business that has led to long-term success.