Belfast Telegraph

Londonderry-based group Learning Pool acquires its third company in three years

Acquisition: Paul McElvaney
Acquisition: Paul McElvaney

By Ellie Donnelly

Londonderrry company Learning Pool has acquired Oxford-based HT2 Labs.

It represents the third acquisition by the north-west e-learning firm in the past three years and brings its workforce to 185.

Paul McElvaney's company, which has grown into one of UK's largest providers of online learning solutions, previously acquired Mind Click in Nottingham and MediaCorp in Glasgow.

Led by Dr Ben Bretts, HT2 Labs is behind products including Curatr and Learning Locker, which has been installed more than 12,000 times globally.

Learning Pool is backed by Carlyle Cardinal Ireland, an investment fund sponsored by The Carlyle Group and Cardinal Capital Group. 

Mr McElvaney said: "We've been admirers of HT2 Labs' products for a long time and are excited to be working even more closely with a team who share our passion for innovation, creating positive business impact and driving customer service.

"Our ambition remains to be at the forefront of L&D innovation, delivering world-class learning technologies and content for our growing, diverse network of customers.

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"By bringing HT2 Labs into the Learning Pool Group, we're positioning ourselves to fully deliver on that."

The chief executive said Ben Betts would reinvest in Learning Pool as part of the transaction and join the group's executive team as chief product officer with lead responsibility for our innovation strategy.

Belfast Telegraph