The Educational Guidance Service Limited
The Educational Guidance Service Limited is an independent provider of psychological services based in the North of England, which predominantly operates within the education sector, conducting assessments in universities. The company was founded in 2003 and over the years has developed multiple strong, long-standing relationships.
The shareholders of The Educational Guidance Service Limited instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business in order to facilitate their retirement plans.
During initial discussions it became apparent that a knowledgeable buyer who was able to continue to grow the company, whilst enabling staff and client retention was of high importance to the shareholders. This resulted in KBS Corporate implementing a research strategy that focussed primarily on trade.
This approach proved highly popular resulting in 54 interested parties being identified, the vast majority of which came from UK trade. KBS Corporate was able to produce a highly competitive bidding process which generate five offers. The ultimate offer came from E-Quality Learning Limited, trading as eQS, a UK based trade buyer. The Group has been following a highly intensive acquisition progress and this acquisition marks eQS’ third in ten months.
Andy Gough, chief executive of eQS, commented “The past couple of years have not only seen a global health crisis but also an awakening regarding inclusion and acceptance of individuals identifying with a cognitive disability. This has created an even bigger demand for cognitive disability assessments within both the educational and workplace settings.”
The Educational Guidance Service Limited founder Alex Griffiths said: “The eQS team stood out as down to earth people who understood what we were about and demonstrated a clear passion for looking after the EGS brand and developing it in the ‘EGS way’. There was a synergy between our business culture and values, and a very obvious desire to look after the exceptional team who have helped us create this legacy of doing good and unlocking potential.”
The Educational Guidance Service Limited was advised by Fabio Rambelli, KBS Corporate Associate Director, throughout the process.
Post completion The Educational Guidance Service Limited’s senior management team led by Karen Jones and Jane Goldthorpe will remain with the business.