Chippenham based Secure Solutions and Services to be sold for £62M to NEC Software Solutions

SSS sells to NEC Software Solutions

The international business process outsourcing and professional services company Capita is selling its Chippenham-based Secure Solutions and Services (SSS) business to NEC Software Solutions UK, based in Hemel Hempstead.

NEC Software Solutions is part of the NEC Corporation.

Capita Secure Solutions and Services is a leading provider of software and solutions to the emergency services and justice sectors. Subject to consents and approvals, the deal is intended to complete around the end of this year.

NEC Software Solutions UK provides innovative software and services to UK police forces as well as law enforcement organisations across the world. From investigations to forensics, traffic enforcement to biometrics, its solutions enable police forces to refocus resources to where they are needed most and provide key intelligence to improve decision making on the frontline.

Capita Secure Solutions and Services has software solutions, radio managed services and additional support services installed in 15 countries across five continents, protecting 135 million people. It has an extensive portfolio of 150 customers, which includes agencies in the police, fire, ambulance, and other public safety agencies.

The complementary offerings will allow joined up delivery and connected technology driving opportunities for more effective processes and operations for customers, said NEC Software Solutions.

The revenue and the reported profit before tax of the SSS business for the year to 31 December 2020 were £72m and £10m respectively, and the gross assets were £63m at 30 June 2021. These figures also include a Radio Managed Service contract that is included in the sale and which is due to terminate at the end of 2022. More than 100 people work at the company’s Chippenham offices.

Jon Lewis, Capita’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are pleased to have agreed the sale of our Secure Solutions and Services business to NEC Software Solutions UK Limited following a competitive sale process.

“We announced our intention to sell SSS earlier this year as part of our ongoing strategy to simplify and strengthen Capita.

“The disposal is another step towards a more focused and sustainable business for the long term.

“At the same time, our SSS colleagues and clients will join an established industry organisation with plans to take the business onto the next stage of its development.”

Tina Whitley, chief executive officer of NEC Software Solutions UK said, “Capita Secure Solutions and Services is a natural fit with NECSWS. Emergency services face extreme challenges and pressures when deploying resources. Our goal has always been to provide emergency services with innovative tools to be able to better protect the communities they serve. By bringing our two teams together, we create an enhanced platform to ensure we continue to do this as we innovate and grow.”

Naoki Yoshida, senior vice president at NEC Corporation, said: “Uniting both ours and Capita Secure Solutions and Services’ people, technology and expertise will enable innovation to happen on a larger scale to provide emergency services with everything they need to make effective and informed dispatch decisions.”