Digital development and hosting company Ixis has bought Cheshire-headquartered e-commerce firm LiberoNet.
Warrington-headquartered Ixis, which also has offices in London and Manchester, has historically specialised in development, support and maintenance, and hosting, but is now expanding to cover other open source platforms.
The acquisition of LiberoNet, which was founded in 2010 and offers a range of e-commerce, UX creative and web development services, is seen as a key part of this diversification strategy.
LiberoNet’s four full-time staff will be relocating from their office in Birchwood and joining Ixis’ headquarters at The Base in Central Warrington.
Mike Carter, Managing Director at Ixis, said: “LiberoNet and Ixis are a perfect fit. LiberoNet’s ecommerce, WordPress and UX expertise will complement Ixis allowing us to expand our service offering to a wider audience.
“Ultimately, Ixis prides itself on being a forward-thinking agency, committed to the best fit, safe, secure and proven technologies and harnessing them for our client’s benefit, and branching out onto other open source platforms is the natural evolution of that. We’re really excited about this next phase in the company’s development, and to have their talented people along for the ride.”
Dan Pala of LiberoNet added: “We are very happy to be joining up with Ixis. At LiberoNet we were ready to move into the next stage of growth, this merge will allow us to benefit from Ixis’ strengths, including their knowledge base, ISO certifications and excellent support service.
“We will be able grow our own skills and widen the services we can offer to the clients we bring with us, as well as expanding the capabilities of Ixis.”