Computer Warehouse Group has acquired Holdens Computer Services as part of a strategy to extend both the education and the audio/visual parts of its business.

Southport-based Holdens was both a major UK supplier of Apple computers and related products to the education and commercial sectors. The company also positioned itself at the forefront of desktop-video production.

Chairman of Computer Warehouse (CW) Jonathan Cole said: "Holdens is the second largest education supplier and CW is the largest. We intend to grow that part of the business and we’re also seeking to offer more audio/visual solutions and services."

He added: "We’re very excited to welcome such an established brand to the CW family of companies, and look forward to providing Holdens' customers with improved levels of service and supply that CW customers have experienced for many years."

Cole was unable to confirm whether CW would be keeping on existing Holdens staff, but confirmed: "Customers will enjoy a seamless transfer of business and will be able to simply dial their existing contact numbers".

Computer Warehouse Group divides its professional services between audio, video, home cinema, creative, education, Apple Macintosh, and PC computer sales. It claims to be the largest Apple reseller and service centre in the UK.

According to Cole, CW's Business and Education department in Manchester will support the acquisition.