Towards Maturity joins Emerald Group
As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, Emerald Group further advances its lifelong aim of delivering research with a practical impact.
London, United Kingdom, 1 June 2017
The move brings together two businesses with the shared goal of delivering rigorous research that has a practical impact in business and management.
As industries continue to be transformed by the digital environment, organizations and their staff need to continuously relearn and upskill to meet new challenges and opportunities. This strategic acquisition by Emerald reflects its aim to help business professionals and managers learn and make decisions based on the best evidence.
Richard Bevan, Emerald Group CEO, comments: “We’ve been extremely impressed by the work of Towards Maturity over the last 14 years, in advancing understanding among the professional learning community and helping organizations use learning data to directly improve their business performance.
“The work of the Towards Maturity Community Interest Company, of which Emerald Group is a strategic partner, aligns with the values of Emerald and our Chairman, Dr Keith Howard, as reflected in his support for lifelong learning since Emerald’s foundation in 1967. We are committed to ensuring the work of the community group continues with independence and integrity as part of a company that shares its values and aims.”
Laura Overton, CEO of Towards Maturity, adds: “We are thrilled to now be part of the Emerald Group family. Our independent benchmark programme supports business impact through learning innovation and has now reached 55 countries. The support of a global business and research network will help take the important work of the community to a bigger stage.
“Emerald Group’s vision of helping their communities make decisions that count based on research that matters is an aim we firmly share, and this announcement comes at a timely moment as we have opened our latest industry benchmark to L&D leaders around the globe.”
Towards Maturity will join Emerald Group, effective from 31 May 2017, and will continue to operate as an independent business, led by Laura Overton as CEO.
Towards Maturity were advised by Fergus Payne of Lewis Silkin LLP. The Group were advised by Jonathan Procter of DLA Piper LLP.
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We provide L&D with the support they need to bring together all key stakeholders in the learning journey, ensuring that the learning function works effectively to embed a high-performing learning culture across the business.
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