Wick Hill and Zycko strengthen Austrian business with new office in Vienna
Rigby Private Equity (RPE) announces the opening of a new office in Vienna, Austria. Specialist value-added distributors Wick Hill and Zycko (both part of RPE) already have business in Austria and this move shows the commitment of both distributors and RPE to strengthen and grow activities in that territory.
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Paul Eccleston, head of RPE, commented: “Both Wick Hill and Zycko have traded successfully into Austria from Germany in the past and have had many requests from their vendor partners to open an office in Austria itself. We see this is as a serious commitment to the territory, with significant opportunities for the value add, capability and services that both companies represent.”
The Vienna office will be staffed by a strong team of experienced people who will be supported by the core capabilities of both Wick Hill and Zycko. From day one, the Austrian office will have access to the skills of both companies, which include marketing, product and technical support, consultancy and professional services.
David Galton-Fenzi, CEO of Zycko, said: “Having a local resource in Austria will allow us to further improve the focus and level of service we can offer to partners there.”
Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, said: “With the continued growth of our business in Austria, it was important for us to open the Vienna office to support our partners.”
Rigby Private Equity, which is building an EMEA-wide high-value, specialist distribution business, was formed in 2015 to identify established companies with both a great value proposition and plans for strong growth, to invest in these companies and to support the acceleration of their growth plans. In July 2015, RPE made a major investment in leading specialist security value-added distributor Wick Hill and in December 2015 added leading specialist services distributor Zycko.
Established in 1999, Zycko is an international, specialist distributor of innovative IT solutions including data networking, data storage, network monitoring and management, voice and video communications, virtualisation, cloud, and data centre infrastructure.
The company focuses on new, best-in-class, innovative technologies, delivering first-class, sophisticated and professional services, accredited training, marketing and business development support to its customers. Through a careful selection of leading-edge strategic partners and technologies, Zycko provides the opportunity for channel customers to differentiate themselves in a crowded market. The company has 15 offices in 13 countries and serves the rest of the world from its UK headquarters. Zycko is part of Rigby Private Equity, a subsidiary of Rigby Group Investments, an independent company within Rigby Group plc.
About Wick Hill
Established in 1976, value added distributor Wick Hill specialises in secure IP infrastructure solutions. The company sources and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions through its channel partners, with a portfolio that covers security, performance, access, networking, convergence, storage and hosted solutions.
Wick Hill is particularly focused on providing a wide range of value added support for its channel partners. This includes a strong lead generation and conversion programme, technical and consultancy support for reseller partners in every stage of the sales process, and extensive training. Wick Hill Group is part of Rigby Private Equity, a subsidiary of Rigby Group Investments, an independent company within Rigby Group plc. As such, Wick Hill has its headquarters in the UK, an office in Germany and an office in Austria. Wick Hill is also able to offer services to channel partners in thirteen European countries and worldwide, through its association with Zycko, as part of RPE.
About Rigby Private Equity
Rigby Private Equity is the private equity arm of Rigby Group Investments, owned by the Rigby Group plc. Rigby Private Equity was founded in 2015, with significant funding, to build a portfolio of equity investments in leading, high-growth potential companies in the technology sector.
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