Synergy calls on Leading staff to sign on

Synergy calls on Leading staff to sign on

New owner said 20 staff have signed on so far, but is hoping for more. The news comes as Synergy tries to fulfil outstanding customer orders

Synergy Plus is hoping up to half of Leading Solutions’ staff will join the combined organisation following its business asset purchase earlier this week.

Synergy’s acting CEO, Peter Cappendell, said more than 20 Leading staff had accepted roles, and was expecting more to come on-board by the end of the week.

He encouraged those who had not already spoken to Synergy but wanted to join the team to contact its human resources department via Leading’s office.

Synergy purchased Leading Solutions from voluntary administrators, McGrathNicol, on November 13. The integrator had about 160 staff when administrators were called in.

“We have made a lot of offers to Leading employees, some of which have been accepted,” Cappendell said. “I don’t know how many exactly we will get – I understand they have been through a lot, and some are cashing out their entitlements, or taking a break. By the end of next week, hopefully we will have everyone on-board.

“We are happy with the progress so far, while conscious of the situation the staff are in. I’m determined to ensure staff are treated with integrity and are valued.”

Cappendell also confirmed Leading employees, who took a pay cut some time ago, would have salaries reinstated to pre-cut levels should they join Synergy. Any outstanding entitlements are expected to be covered by administrators, McGrathNicol, out of Leading’s asset sale. Should any shortfall ensue, individuals will be able to claim funds through the Government’s GEERs program.

He confirmed Synergy wasn’t taking over Leading’s property leases as part of the acquisition and all staff would be integrated into its existing Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney offices.

Synergy has also informed all Leading customers of the situation and is now trying to fulfil outstanding orders. Cappendell said it had successful reinstated supply through all vendor partners. Leading’s vendor line-up was the same as Synergy’s and included HP, VMware, Microsoft and IBM.

“Customers were finding it difficult to get product, so we are freeing that up,” he said.

Leading had fulfilled some customer orders since administrators were appointed on October 29, but not many, he added.

In a letter to customers, signed by national sales manager, Joe Arcuri, and sighted by ARN, Synergy advised it would contact all customers over the next seven days to discuss concerns and the transition process.

“We understand your organisation may have outstanding orders and we are working diligently to pursue these as soon as possible,” it stated.

Cappendell said his next focus was to ensure ASX-listed Synergy reported a good result at the end of the first half. ComputerCorp is in the process of rebranding to Synergy Plus this month.

“I’m focusing on getting the business profitable and going into the right areas. Leading was a step in that direction,” he said.

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