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  • Spotlight on Altia-ABM Canadian expansion

    Altia-ABM is featured in articles in both The Herald and The Scotsman today detailing the major growth of our activities in Canada with the opening of our Toronto office.

  • The Times reports strong growth and expansion for Altia-ABM

    Following the launch of the Altia-ABM Group both The Herald and The Times have featured articles today detailing our corporate rebranding and vision of growth for the Altia-ABM Group.

  • Altia Solutions Ltd acquires ABM United Kingdom Ltd

    Altia Solutions Ltd, the fast-growing investigation software firm, has acquired ABM United Kingdom Ltd – providers of software for law enforcement and intelligence sectors around the world. Altia Solutions will now embark on a comprehensive customer-led development programme to further tailor the combined services and products of the enlarged business.

    The acquisition, which completed on Tuesday, August 9, marks the most significant expansion for the Glasgow-based firm – whose clients include every police force in the UK and government departments including HMRC – since its inception in 2002. The combined business will double the size of Altia Solutions while retaining the staff and operations at the Glasgow HQ and at ABM’s Nottingham base.

    Ian Watson, Managing Director at Altia Solutions, said: “This deal represents a great opportunity to extend our market share in the UK and abroad, and is an excellent fit with our business. It’s not just about expansion, it is about evolution of the products and services.

    “ABM has a terrific and proven track record, and by fusing the knowledge, skills and experience of the people of both Altia Solutions and ABM we are creating an environment that will allow both companies to continue to develop their market leading investigative software tools and assist investigators in their continuous fight against crime.”

    Altia Solutions provides investigation and fraud products to both public and private sector customers. Beyond the UK, its products are being used by the Canadian and Australian police and tax authorities as well as the authorities in South Africa, Hong Kong, Central and South America.

    ABM United Kingdom Ltd supplies covert investigation management software to the majority of UK police forces as well as forces and investigation authorities in Canada and Australia.

    Altia Solutions was advised in the deal by Johnston Carmichael. Lyn Calder, director in the firm’s corporate finance team, said: “Altia Solutions is a great example of a Scottish tech company with a terrific product and a robust strategy, and this acquisition is an important element of delivering its bold vision for growth.

    “This puts the Altia team in a prime position in the UK market with a scalable proposition for customers providing a strong platform for taking the business further into the UK and international markets.”

    The deal was funded by Santander, led by structured finance director Roddy Kilpatrick. He said: “We are delighted to support the ambitious team at Altia Solutions in providing growth capital funding to support the ABM acquisition. The transaction brings two highly complementary software businesses together and we are proud to play an important role in Altia’s exciting growth strategy.”

    The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

  • Altia in Ottawa

    Steven’s passport was finally given a rest as we decided on which double act would be attending this month’s 111th annual conference of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada.

    The duo selected were our Director of International Business Development and our Sales Manager, respectively known as John and Paul. We would like to categorically state that they were indeed selected due to their skills, knowledge and experience and not because their names are identical to two well-known singer-songwriters from a quite successful band from Liverpool.

    Whilst in Canada John and Paul will be taking the opportunity to meet with several of our Canadian customers from Toronto, Quebec and Montreal. With a busy schedule lined up both will be feeling they’ve been working for ‘8 days a week’ and will be looking forward to ‘the long and winding road’ back home.

  • Next stop, Hong Kong

    No sooner was Steven settling back into life in the office was he whisked off on another foreign training assignment. This time he was going to the Far East and a visit to Hong Kong. He wasn’t travelling alone this time though. His travel buddy for the trip would be our sales manager extraordinaire, Paul.

    Steven and Paul would be spending 5 days in Hong Kong with our new customer the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) during which time they would be training SFC’s staff on every little detail of Financial Investigation Toolkit.

    Hong Kong

    On overseas training courses Steven’s two decades of training experience shines through. With language and culture differences to contend with Steven and Paul were able to successfully adapt our training methods and materials to match the Hong Kong audience.

    And with the courses delivered there was even a little time to take in some of Hong Kong’s best tourist attractions. Although the humidity did ensure that this was done at a leisurely pace.

    Paul said on this return “It was a great opportunity to show just how much time saving can be delivered using Financial Investigation Toolkit and how accurate the extraction of the data from bank statements is.  It was a pleasure to see that so many of the trainees found our software far exceeded their expectations.”

    Our thanks go to Emily Mai of Solventosoft and Kenny Wang & Tony Fan of SFC for organising the training sessions.

  • Panama, Panama

    The training dates were set, flight tickets booked, passport found in the sock drawer and arrangements made and confirmed by the NCA. There was only one final item in Steven’s checklist to complete, albeit the most important: Buy a ‘Man from Del-monte’ traditional Panama hat. Luckily for Steven, after checking with a number of the best local hat emporiums in Glasgow he found one that says ‘YES’.

    There is a reason why Steven was quite specific about his headwear. He was flying 5,121 miles to beautiful Panama City where for 3 days he would deliver training on Financial Investigation Toolkit to the Panama Dirección de Investigación Judicial.


    2016 thus far has been an eventful one for us. And one of our major accomplishments has been to expand our sales internationally into many new locations. And with new users in far-flung locations there are times when the personal touch is required. Online training was to sit this one out on the bench. Steven, our illustrious lead trainer, was going to Panama City, Panama.

    Despite the contrast in culture, language and temperature (Panama City is just a little sunnier and warmer than Glasgow) over 3 days Steven successfully trained 16 new Financial Investigation Toolkit users. All of which now have the knowledge to effectively leverage all of Financial Investigation Toolkit’s features to assist them in their financial investigations.

    The feedback the training and Steven both received was excellent and shows that no matter the location or language the training that Steven delivers is of the highest quality. Our new users have no doubt of the benefits Financial Investigation Toolkit will bring to their investigations.

    We are certain it won’t be long before the hat, and Steven, are back in Panama.