For release 28th March

Altia acquires critical incident management software business to broaden proposition

Altia has acquired Badger Software, the UK’s leading supplier of software for dealing with Crimes in Action and Critical Incidents.

Altia, backed by NorthEdge, is a leading global provider of specialist intelligence and investigation software for government departments and law enforcement agencies across 18 countries, including the UK, US, Canada and Australia, which saw the business awarded a Queen’s Award in Enterprise for International Trade in 2021. The business, which is based in Nottingham and Glasgow, supports police forces and investigation teams to automate processes using technology – reducing time and money spent on investigations and improving prosecution rates.

Badger Software develops covert and overt solutions for UK and international law enforcement, as well as the commercial sector. The business’ core proposition, CLIO (Central Logging of Intelligence Operations), provides market-leading software for managing critical incidents and civil emergencies, as well as covert operations, and was jointly developed with the UK police and emergency services. CLIO provides a cross-functional platform to share real-time accurate information in a virtual incident room, allowing effective decision making and co-ordinated responses.

The deal broadens Altia’s product offering, which alongside Altia’s international footprint provides the opportunity to establish CLIO as a leading global critical incident management solution. As part of the acquisition, Badger Software founder and MD, Rob Brigham, will join Altia as Head of Crime in Action Solutions.

Rob Sinclair, CEO of Altia, said: “We want to continue to create the latest cutting-edge software that will transform the way the public and private sector tackle investigations. The addition of CLIO software complements our proposition perfectly and supports us toward these ambitious plans, helping us expand into the critical incident management space.

“Rob’s extensive experience is a huge asset to Altia, and being able to include a crimes in action solution in our existing product offering is a great addition. I’m delighted to have Rob join our growing team, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”

Rob Brigham added: We are incredibly proud of what we have built here at Badger Software, in particular the market leading CLIO software and the fanatical support that we receive from our loyal customers. Joining the Altia group adds significantly to our capability and provides a fantastic opportunity to grow, not just within the United Kingdom but also overseas.”

“We have known Altia for some time and share many customers. Their reputation in the market and focus on great customer service meant that they were the obvious choice for us to work with. Together, our complimentary products will create a complete solution for managing all manner of incidents and investigations. The ambition and values we found at Altia make this an exciting venture which will ensure better outcomes and greater efficiency for our customers.”

Kevin O’Loughlin, Director at NorthEdge, added: “Badger represents Altia’s third acquisition since our investment and is the eighth bolt-on acquisition in the NorthEdge portfolio in the last twelve months. This acquisition is another important milestone for Altia on its journey to becoming the leading global provider of end-to-end intelligence and investigation software for the public and private sector.”

Browne Jacobson (Gareth Davies) advised on the deal.

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Editor’s notes:

About Altia

Altia develops specialist investigation software for government departments, law enforcement agencies and private sector businesses in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and several other countries. Altia’s investigation solutions include digital casefile and business workflow management software, toolkits to analyse data in financial investigations as well as enterprise application software for covert operations.

Altia is led by CEO Rob Sinclair, who led a management buyout (MBO) in November 2020, alongside NorthEdge.

About NorthEdge

NorthEdge is a lower mid-market private equity firm headquartered in the North, owned, and built by its senior team, supported by a global blue chip investor base. They have £900m AUM across four regionally focused funds.

Headquartered in Manchester, with offices in Leeds and Birmingham, the NorthEdge team has a 25-year track record of investing in businesses with ambitious management teams and significant growth potential.

NorthEdge looks to invest in like-minded businesses and management teams who have real ambition and the potential to shape global markets. They back management teams, in the Technology, Healthcare, Business Services and Specialised Industrials sectors, who recognise the value of having an experienced business partner alongside them, supporting them to build a better business.

About Badger Software

Badger Software is the UK’s leading supplier of systems for dealing with Critical Incidents and Crimes in Action. They have been providing solutions to UK and International Law Enforcement as well as the Commercial Sector for three decades, with a well-deserved reputation for their skills, knowledge and for delivering user friendly systems on time and in budget.

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