Over the last 10 years, Broad Horizon has developed into a company that lives up to its name. By adding multiple successful companies focused on managed hosting, workspace, cloud, business solutions, and data & AI, they have managed to build a broad portfolio of B2B IT services with brands like True and CMotions. Broad Horizon’s Buy-and-Build strategy has been a resounding success and caught the eye of private equity investor EMK. The Broad Horizon management team partnered with EMK in 2020 and have since focused their passion and ambition on expanding the portfolio even further. The rationale behind this strategy is that any multifaceted IT solutions company that can take advantage of economies of scale and knowledge sharing will have the international market at its feet, and that includes large, industry-leading clients. Broad Horizon already has a significant market share in the Benelux countries and Denmark, with sales figures in the tens of millions.
To optimize Broad Horizon’s success, the multiple companies need to be effectively integrated into a single organization, and that integration is moving at a rapid pace. The plan is to welcome several companies into the group every year for the next several years. EMK has a key role to play here, with their long-term view of Broad Horizon’s growth and the financial resources to make that vision a reality through a combination of M&A and organic growth within the existing company. As part of this process, some brands will retain their identity, while others will come under the Broad Horizon umbrella. That will always involve technical, operational, and cultural issues, so behind the scenes, there has to be a well-coordinated modus operandi that still needs to be fully fleshed out. Broad Horizon has an ongoing integration program that already has stakeholders and project leaders in place. But they still need a strong Integration Office to make the program a success. The Integration Office will keep its finger on the pulse of the program, maintain responsibility for tight progress reporting to both the management team and EMK, and make sure action is taken on the implications of their reports.