eCommerce software platform EKM has been acquired by technology group ClearCourse Partnership.

Founded in 2002 and based in Preston, EKM delivers software that powers over £350 million of transactions annually for its customer base of SME online retailers.

EKM’s system offers a full suite of eCommerce solutions, with capabilities including online shop design and visitor conversion tools. 

Clearcourse said the acquisition strengthens its eCommerce and online retail capabilities, with EKM joining its business services division.

It said that following the acquisition, EKM and its customers will also benefit from the integration of ClearCourse’s proprietary payments platform, ClearAccept – alongside leading global players.

“We are excited to be joining the ClearCourse Group, which will enable us to take the next steps in our nearly 20-year journey to help even more people to spend life doing something they love with their own easy-to-use online shop,” said Antony Chesworth, founder and MD of EKM.

“The range of services, products and expertise within ClearCourse offers great synergies to our customers and will help us to grow their online businesses even further.”

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Gerry Gualtieri, CEO of ClearCourse, added: “We are very pleased to announce that EKM will be joining the ClearCourse Group.

“It is a fantastic business which has grown from strength to strength since its inception, and we are excited to learn from the expertise of Antony and his team. 

“EKM will bring a range of positive synergies to ClearCourse and our existing brands, and its acquisition will be a significant expansion of our e-commerce and retail offering.”