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Bristol-based technology firm acquired by global player

Microserve, a Bristol-based digital marketing agency specialising in end-to-end digital experiences, has been acquired by Investis Digital, a leading global digital communications company.

The corporate finance team at PKF Francis Clark advised Microserve’s shareholders on the sale of the business to London-headquartered Investis Digital, owned by private equity group ECI Partners.

With more than 20 employees, Microserve has gained a first in class reputation in developing digital experiences, including website audits, design, user experience, strategy, and overall site support and maintenance. Their team of Drupal accredited developers is one of the biggest in the UK, and they hold more Drupal 8 Development Certifications than any other UK agency.

Despite the continued uncertainty, we are seeing active acquirers looking for strategic purchases of high quality businesses

Microserve has a strong client base, ranging from financial service giants to charities, NGOs, local government and more. This portfolio of clients will add to Investis Digital’s own roster of blue chip clients, including ASOS, Anglo American, Rolls-Royce, Ocado, Heineken and Vodafone.

Dan McNamara, managing director at Microserve, said: “We are so pleased to be joining the Investis Digital team, especially during a period of growth. The opportunity to work alongside great talent, access a wider client base and leverage our capabilities to accelerate their Drupal capabilities made this partnership the right choice.”

PKF Francis Clark’s team comprised Nick Tippett and Stuart Rogers. Nick said: “Microserve is a great example of the high calibre of business based in Bristol, particularly in the technology sector. With our Bristol office, we were well placed to advise the shareholders on the transaction and provide them with specialist taxation advice as part of our role.

“Despite the continued uncertainty, we are seeing active acquirers looking for strategic purchases of high quality businesses, particularly in sectors that have performed well during Covid-19.”

Alex Pyatt, of Temple Bright LLP, provided legal advice to the shareholders of Microserve.

The Microserve team will continue to be based in Bristol, with Dan McNamara leading the integration of Microserve into the Investis Digital business.

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