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  • Status: Current
  • Date: 2015
  • Sectors:
    • Business Services
    • Education & Training
  • Buy & Build: 2

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Education Placement Group

Education Placement Group (EPG) is a specialist education staffing business which provides supply teachers, support staff and trainee teachers to primary, secondary and special educational needs schools across England and Wales. Sovereign backed the management team to develop the business through a strategy of Buy & Build.

Investment Background

In 2015, Sovereign brought together a highly experienced management team, establishing the vision for EPG to become a leading niche player in the attractive school staffing market. The strategy was to grow EPG both organically and through carefully selected acquisitions

Supply Desk (formerly Synarbor Education) was established in 2002, and successfully grew as a provider of teacher recruitment covering the breadth of staffing into schools. Its institutional and private equity shareholders were looking to realise their investment. Sovereign acquired Supply desk in 2015, as a core brand within EPG.

Value Creation

  • Brought together a highly experienced managment team to lead the business
  • Acquisition of Just Teachers, further developing the Group’s geographic footprint in the North West of England, Midlands and London
  • Focus on sales effectiveness and operational performance

The Story So Far

In 2016, Just Teachers joined the Group. The synergies for EPG and Just Teachers were strong and clear. Both are high-quality companies with a shared ethos and complementary geographical presence. Sovereign structured a flexible transaction which enabled the Just Teachers management team to release some of the value created in the business and at the same time retain a stake in in the business they continue to lead. It also enabled the non-operational shareholders of Just Teachers to fully realise their investment.

EPG today:

  • delivers services through three core brands: Supply Desk, Just Teachers and TeachIn
  • has developed several attractive niche businesses in permanent newly qualified recruitment and teacher trainees
  • provides services to approaching 3,000 educational establishments and employs approximately 200 staff.
  • operates from branches across England and Wales as well as a further branches overseas (Ireland, Canada and Australia).

Sovereign continues to work with management to develop the business.

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In their own words

It is clear that Sovereign have a deep understanding of our market. Their financial investment and ongoing support, demonstrates that they share our commitment to schools and candidates and our ambitious growth plans.

Robyn Johnstone / CEO

Education Placement Group Awards

Education Investor Award 2018