IndustryInformation technology
FounderPhilip Hulme and Peter Ogden
Key people
Greg Lock (Chairman)
Mike Norris (Chief Executive)
Tony Conophy (Finance Director)
RevenueIncrease £6,725.8 million (2021)[1]
Increase £255.2 million (2021)[1]
Increase £186.5 million (2021)[1]

Computacenter plc is a British multinational that provides computer services to public- and private-sector customers. It is a UK company based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


Computacenter was founded in the UK in 1981 by Philip Hulme and Peter Ogden.[2] In 1990, it opened Europe's largest PC outlet; in 1991, it was listed by The Independent newspaper as one of the fastest growing independent companies in the UK and, by 1994, it had grown to become the largest privately owned IT company in the UK.[2] Computacenter was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1998.[2] In 2006 the company extended its service facilities to include a new International Service Centre in Barcelona, Spain, and a customer help desk and remote management facility in Cape Town, South Africa.[2]


The company is engaged in the supply, implementation, support and management of information technology systems.[3] Computacenter operates subsidiaries and brands that address specific market segments. The following companies were acquired by Computacenter and are now integrated within their business:

  • Digica, which provides outsourcing and managed IT services to the corporate mid-market and the public sector.[4]
  • Allnet, which specialises in network integration and structured cabling services[5]


Computacenter was a sponsor of the Renault Sport F1 Team.[6]

Social responsibility

Computacenter has committed itself to the 10 core principles of United Nations Global Compact.[7] The company also works with its customers to help them meet their 'sustainable IT' objectives. In November 2007 Computacenter won BT’s inaugural Supplier Innovation Award for its work on virtualising and consolidating a number of their UK datacentres, helping BT reduce the carbon footprint.[8] Computacenter says its cost-neutral service to Marks & Spencer has also helped M&S meet its WEEE requirements and its 'Plan A' environmental objectives, sending zero IT waste from M&S head office to landfill in 2008.[9] The German branch of Computacenter is partner of the White IT, an alliance against Internet child pornography.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Results 2021". Computacenter. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "History". Computacenter. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Computercentre Fact Sheet". Morning Star. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Computacenter buys services company Digica". The Register. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Computacenter reels in Allnet". The Register. 3 April 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Formula 1: Computacentre join Renault Sport F1". JW Grand Prix. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Computacenter". UN Global Compact. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Preliminary Results 2007". Computacenter. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  9. ^ "M&S ties up managed services deal with Computacenter". The Register. 13 December 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  10. ^ "White IT - Partner". Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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