ECS is a virtual group of IT consultancy firms offering a range of data services to large, privately owned companies. Having initially focused on the banking and the finance sector, ECS now also has customers in oil and gas, retailing and manufacturing. Based in Glasgow with offices in India and South Africa, ECS Europe (the largest of its companies, which are run independently) had sales of £38.9m in 2013. Group chief executive Paul Thomson, 49, has grown sales with the help of two acquisitions in 2012 and 2013 for undisclosed sums.
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