Consolidation among resellers, MSPs and SIs has stepped up a gear in 2017.
No fewer than 10 of the UK's Top 100 VARs - including three £100m-plus goliaths - have changed ownership since we closed the research in early November 2016 - and we're only in August.
Of the ten, four have been gobbled by larger trade players, and a further four by private equity house. Another two have been wolfed down by vendors, making for a signficantly altered landscape from nine months ago.
Here we count them down, from smallest to largest.
10. Civica Services (part of Civica) - acquired by Partners Group, July
Software giant Civica was sold to private equity firm Partners Group in July, in a deal valued at just over £1bn.
Civica's volume licensing arm, Civica Services, ranked 98th in CRN's 2016 edition of Top VARs, with a revenue of £27.8m.
The Putney-based firm specialises in software fulfilment, professional services and managed services,
Civica's previous change of ownership only came in 2013, but CEO Wayne Story said the latest switch is "a very positive development" for the business' strategy.
9. Intrinsic - acquired by Maintel, August
Comms VAR Intrinsic was acquired by rival Maintel this month in a deal that creates a £160m outfit, according to Maintel CEO Eddie Buxton.
Troubled Intrinsic had undergone a series of high-level management over recent years, but still placed 96th in Top VARs, with a revenue of £28.1m.
Maintel, which also acquired Azzurri last year, paid just £5.25m for Intrinsic - a price which Buxton said had left his peers expressing a degree a surprise.
The Intrinsic name is set to vanish at the start of 2018.
8. Midshire - acquired by Sharp Electronics Europe, August
Sharp Electronics Europe continued a trend in the print arena earlier this month by snapping up its reseller Midshire.
Midshire placed 94th in Top VARs with a revenue of £28.5m and will now join Sharp's Business Systems UK arm, but will continue to operate under its own brand.
Sharp followed in the footsteps of counterparts including Ricoh, Kyocera and Xerox in snapping up one of its channel partners, although a Midshire representative assured CRN that the reseller will continue to sell its other vendors - the likes of HP and Lexmark - for the time being.
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