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First Distribution announces strategic partnership with Sage for SADC, East and West Africa

First Distribution to build Sage’s profile in small business sector in key African markets.

First Distribution, the leading Pan-African distributor for Cybersecurity, Data Centre, Enterprise and Cloud solutions, today announced a new partnership with Sage, the market leader in cloud business management solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, First Distribution will be Sage’s value-added distribution partner for small business products and services in SADC, East Africa and West Africa.

First Distribution will distribute the award-winning Sage 50cloud Accounting, Sage Pastel Payroll and Sage Business Cloud Payroll & Accounting product lines across the region. Sage’s financial solutions enable small businesses to save time and resources by automating processes for managing finances and payroll and accepting payments -- from controlling cash flow to creating and sending invoices.

Pieter Bensch, Executive Vice President for Africa & Middle East at Sage, said: “This partnership agreement will enable Sage to expand its reach across sub-Saharan Africa, access new markets and build its customer base by strengthening its distribution footprint. First Distribution is ideally placed to help us grow our share of this dynamic and strategically important market. As a best-of-breed distribution partner, First Distribution has a strong partner network, proven processes for licensing and renewals, and deep reach into territories we are targeting for growth.”

Said Jason Sharp, Director: Cloud & Hosting Solutions at First Distribution: “This partnership with Sage unlocks exciting possibilities for our resellers as small and medium businesses across the region migrate towards cloud-based business solutions. We are excited to work with Sage and our channel to help small companies across sub-Saharan Africa to reduce admin, simplify compliance and gain visibility into their financial performance. As Africa’s leading cloud technology distributor, First Distribution looks forward to growing the Sage brand across Africa.”

About First Distribution

First Distribution is the leading value-added distributor in Africa. Our offering includes a product portfolio of global leading Data centre, Cloud, Networking and Cybersecurity products and services. This embraces hybrid solutions with access to any combination of on premise, private cloud and public cloud end-to-end solutions from multiple vendors. The portfolio, together with highly skilled staff to support and manage vendors with an unrivalled level of expertise, ensures that our partners have the key elements required for success. First Distribution additionally hosts one of the largest technology partner-to-partner networks in Africa allowing partners to extend the reach of their solutions across the continent.

More information on First Distribution visit https://firstdistribution.com to find out more.

About Sage

Sage is the global market leader for technology that helps small and medium businesses perform at their best. Sage is trusted by millions of customers worldwide to deliver the best cloud technology and support, with our partners, to manage finances, operations, and people. We believe in doing everything we can to help people be the best they can be, so the combined efforts of 13,000 Sage colleagues working with businesses and communities make a real difference to the world.

Sage. Perform at your Best.

Find out more at www.sage.com

Contact us at sage@firstdistribution.com

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