RJD Partners Acquires Babington

Posted by: Andre Post Date: 18th April 2016

We are excited to announce the acquisition of Babington by private equity firm RJD Partners.

RJD’s acquisition will help support Babington’s next phase of growth, as we continue to strengthen our position in the training market. By combining RJD’s supportive approach and skills, and Babington’s proven outstanding management team, we are set to continue to transform the training landscape, delivering pioneering solutions.

Founded in 1974, Babington employs more than 300 staff, and operates in the fast-growing technical and professional training sector, providing government-funded apprenticeship training in areas including accountancy, financial services and digital marketing, as well as privately funded programmes including leadership and management. We currently work with around 12,000 learners each year, with delivery nationwide.

RJD Partners is an independent private equity investor focused on lower mid-market companies predominantly in the services and leisure sectors in the UK. RJD provides equity funding solutions for buyouts, buy-ins and businesses requiring development capital, investing between £5 million and £25 million of equity in transactions valued at up to £75 million.

Alex Hay, Partner at RJD Partners, commented, “We believe the business is exceptionally well placed to benefit from the recently announced apprenticeship levy, as employers, learners and Government all increasingly focus on training providers, such as Babington, which offer high quality and relevant training courses. We are delighted to be partnering with Carole Carson and the strong management team to help develop Babington to its full potential, through our ‘enhance and expand’ growth methodology.”

Carole Carson, Chief Executive at Babington, said, “We are looking forward to working alongside RJD in the next phase of growth for Babington. Their impressive track record of investing in and supporting entrepreneurial and growing businesses will be invaluable as we seek to grow Babington via new employer relationships, new training centres in other parts of the UK, and an increased focus on growth areas such as digital marketing.”

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