Safe Computing, an £18m-turnover software business, has been bought out by a national counterpart.

The company provides services to around 500 customers from branches in London, Derby, Manchester and Hertfordshire, as well as its Leicester head office.

This purchase is the Access Group's biggest acquisition to date, and chief executive Chris Bayne said: "The addition of Safe to The Access Group is a game-changer for us and greatly increases the value we can deliver to our customers.

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"Safe has a number of best-in-class solutions, an excellent customer base and an experienced team, and there's a great alignment in our cultures and the way we do business."

The Access Group has offices in London, Colchester, Brighton, Harpenden, Derby, Basingstoke, Macclesfield, Glasgow and New York.

Safe Computing chief executive Sandy Scott will leave the business.

He said: "The Access Group is a natural fit for our culture and capabilities and throughout the acquisition process I have been impressed with the team and their vision.

"I am immensely proud of Safe and what we've built together and though I have taken the decision to move on I am confident, I leave our customers in good hands.”