ITS Group grows with SmartStyle Technology

ITS Group grows with SmartStyle Technology

Yorkshire training and education charity ITS Group has acquired Bradford-based SmartStyle Technology Training Ltd in a bid to extend its reach across the region.

The commercial training firm was purchased for an undisclosed sum by the Barnsley-based charity.

ITS Group already has college sites in Barnsley, Doncaster and Huddersfield.

By branching out into commercial territory the charity plans to grow nationally and offer a range of opportunities to clients whilst remaining committed to its charitable objectives.

Bradford business SmartStyle will continue to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary, complementing the group’s Apprenticeship training offer and expanding its client base.

SmartStyle was founded in 1997 by former director Mandy Jones and delivers Microsoft certified IT training and bespoke packages to clients in both the public and private sectors.

ITS Group CEO, Dr Chris Payne, said: “I am very excited about this new chapter in the history of ITS Group and SmartStyle Technology Training Ltd.

“This acquisition has not only extended the geographic reach of the group, but will also enable us to use the expertise of both SmartStyle and Independent Training Services to deliver an all-in-one solution for our clients.

“The SmartStyle team has been positive and welcoming, ensuring the transition has been seamless and client-focused.

“We have big plans for the group both locally and nationally and look forward to creating a bright future together with SmartStyle.”

Chair of trustees for ITS Group, Dave Peake, said: “This is a great investment for our future.

“It is part of our strategy to buy and build a sustainable organization which meets our overall vision.”



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