Birkenhead e-learning firm swallowed by data research group

Data research company CGA Group, which offices in Manchester and Chicago, has bought the firm which provides its e-learning, business solutions and interactive services – Birkenhead-based CPL Online.

The acquisition of CPL Online will enable CGA, which specialises in the out of home food and drinks market, to extend its products and services to the UK hospitality sector and beyond. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.”

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.

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.”

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).

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.”

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