The IASME Consortium - KBS Corporate

The IASME Consortium, the UK’s leading cyber security certification provider, has been acquired in a multi-million deal by Phenna Group.

Headquartered in Nottingham UK, Phenna Group invest and partner with selected niche, independent Testing, Inspection, Certification and Compliance (TICC) companies that serve a variety of sectors, ensuring customers’ peace of mind by delivering first class assurance services.

IASME, founded in 2012, work alongside a network of over 260 Certification Bodies across the UK and Crown Dependencies to help certify organisations of all sizes in both cyber security and counter fraud.  IASME is committed to helping businesses improve their cyber security, risk management and governance through an effective and accessible range of certification schemes.

KBS Corporate Finance, led by Mughees Saleem, advised the shareholders and CEO of IASME, Emma Philpott, on the sale. Mughees commented: “Emma has built an immensely successful company in IASME. Having achieved significant commercial growth since inception, Emma was looking for the right investment partner to assist IASME in the next stages of its journey. The deal with Phenna Group was the most appropriate vehicle to meet these requirements as it gave IASME an experienced partner that aligns with it’s culture and ambitious growth plans.”

Emma Philpot, CEO and shareholder of IASME commented: “Mughees did a fantastic job in guiding us through the sale process. He was extremely patient with my lack of knowledge about the process, was available 24/7 and represented our position really well. The shareholders were very happy with the overall deal that he managed to deliver, and we could not recommend him highly enough”.


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