Plans for growth while retaining a close working relationship with CPL Training
CGA Group today completed the acquisition of CPL Online, the specialist provider of e-learning, business solutions and interactive services from CPL Training.
The deal extends CGA’s product portfolio and technical capabilities with opportunities to develop further products and services for both its core UK hospitality customers and beyond into new sectors.
Former CGA Chief Executive, Jon Collins as Executive Chairman, and current CGA Retail Director, Jamie Campbell, who brings a wealth of hospitality retail expertise and experience, will now join CPL Online founder David Dasher in an expanded management team.
Commenting on the deal, CGA Group Chief Executive, Phil Tate said, “This is a great addition to our CGA family. CPL Online strengthens and extends our offer in UK hospitality while positioning us well for growth in new sectors and territories. We are fortunate to benefit from a strong management team, an excellent wider team in the Birkenhead offices and an extensive suite of products and services, all of which have an excellent reputation in their respective markets.”
Commenting for CPL Training, Chief Executive, Daniel Davies said, “This is the right sale to the right party at the right time. I am hugely proud over our achievements with CPL Online to date and I know the CGA team are the right people to build on that legacy. I look forward to working with them as we execute our exciting vision for CPL Training.”
CGA was advised by Gorvins Solicitors with corporate/commercial partner Christian Mancier, heading up the Gorvins team assisted by associate solicitor Gemma Lingard (corporate/commercial) and consultant Colin Mellor (property). The sellers were advised by long time advisors Hill Dickinson LLP with a team led by corporate partner Matt Noon assisted by Elizabeth Jones (corporate) and Emma Collins (commercial).
Commenting for Gorvins Solicitors, Christian Mancier said, “CGA’s acquisition of CPL Online is the result of a successful and effective working partnership between all the parties and professional advisors involved. Gorvins were delighted to once again work with CGA, one of our longest standing clients on yet another exciting transaction. CGA have vision, energy and innovation and the acquisition of CPL Online is an excellent model for expansion, growth and continued success of this dynamic company.”
CGA is the data and research consultancy of choice for the out-of-home food and drinks market, specialising in market measurement, consumer research and location planning.
What sets CGA apart is its unique ability to access the three key types of data (supply, demand and consumer) and then triangulate this data to provide the most complete and accurate picture of anyone in the out-of-home sector.
From its offices in Manchester, United Kingdom, and Chicago, United States, CGA experts work with many of the world’s biggest consumer brands, including drinks manufacturers, consumer brand owners, food suppliers and wholesalers as well as pub, bar and restaurant retailers and government entities.
Founded in 1992, CGA’s mission is to use its phenomenal data and expert insight of the leisure industry to give these brands the competitive edge, and get them where they want to be, faster.
About CPL Online
CPL Online, now part of CGA, delivers business solutions through quality bespoke services and products. CPL Online are creators of online and interactive services, which include Web Design & Development, Database Design, Web Service Development, Software Development and Mobile App Development.
CPL Online also offer products such as the Appraisals System, Intranet Service, Custom Course Creator, Incident Reporting Tool, Career Pathway and our well-established product the e-Learning Console. Our e-learning courses provide a flexible alternative to face-to-face training that complements a busy, modern day business schedule.
To learn more, visit: www.cplonline.co.uk.
About CPL Training
CPL Training Group is the leading provider of licensed retail and hospitality training in the UK. We are also the biggest provider of the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH), the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) and Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders Refresher qualification (SCPLHR), all of which are awarded by the BIIAB (British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body).
CPL Training provides 1,000 scheduled personal licence courses throughout the UK, and overall our face-to-face training is delivered to over 30,000 learners annually. In addition to licensing, we provide a wide range of qualifications for hospitality including the Essentials of Pub Management, Exceeding Customer Expectations, Marketing & Merchandising, Cellar Management and Licensed Hospitality Operations. Our compliance courses include the full suite of SIA licence-linked qualifications. In addition we provide courses in Fire Safety, First Aid at Work (FAW), Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), Health and Safety, and many more.
To learn more: www.cpltraining.co.uk
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