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Ixis acquires LiberoNet to expand open source expertise


DIGITAL development, hosting and support company Ixis has acquired Warrington-headquartered LiberoNet as part of ambitious growth plans.

LiberoNet was founded in 2010 and has grown by offering a range of e-commerce, UX creative and web development services.

Ixis has historically specialised in Drupal development, support and maintenance, and hosting services for websites, but is now expanding its enterprise quality expertise to cover other open source platforms. The acquisition is a key part of this diversification strategy, enabling Ixis to rapidly acquire a broad spread of skills and experience.

The LiberoNet team will be relocating from their office in Birchwood and joining Ixis’ headquarters at The Base in Central Warrington. Four full time staff, including the founder Dan Pala, a project manager and two full stack developers.

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 said ‘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. As a ShopWare partner we can bring our ecommerce expertise and offer something different in the marketplace. We can also offer website builds in WordPress and bespoke applications with Laravel, supporting greater flexibility and more choice for our combined clients.”

Mike Carter (right) with Dan Pala


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