GI Solutions strikes deal with major DM services group

GISG Eclipse ImageGI Solutions Group is continuing its expansion strategy following the company’s MBO last year with the acquisition of print, data and digital specialist Eclipse, as part of plans to ratchet up its integrated marketing services.
Founded in 1989, the company claims to be one of the largest volume direct mail producers in the UK, mailing in excess of 250 million packs year.
But the Kettering-based group, which includes Eclipse DM, Eclipse Colour Print and Direct Link, also offers a raft of other services including creative, data management, email, mobile and augmented reality. It has over 300 staff.
All the companies will continue to trade on their existing sites and under their current identities. Eclipse owner Simon Moore (pictured, left) – who has been with the company since 1999 – has joined the GI Solutions Group main board and will continue as managing director. The two firms have a combined turnover of about £80m.
GI Solutions Group chief executive Patrick Headley (pictured, right) said: “We have admired what Simon and the team have achieved for a long time and are absolutely delighted we can now all work together and create an enlarged group with a greater product offering. The synergies are very strong.
“This ticks a number of boxes. We had strong growth aspirations when we completed the MBO last March and we will continue to grow in this manner as well as organically. We plan to evolve the 4DM plant into a fully digital operation that will give the group a very robust disaster recovery plan.”
Moore added: “I am delighted to be working with GI. As a business we have come a long way since we started the company but this will give both our customers and ourselves many more options moving forward.”
The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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