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Adam Street advises Ascend Learning on the sale of Active IQ to NCFE


Adam Street Advisers ('Adam Street') is pleased to announce that it has advised US-based Ascend Learning on the sale of UK-based awarding organisation Active IQ to educational charity NCFE.


Active IQ, an awarding organisation and apprenticeship end-point assessment organisation, focused on qualifications and career pathways in the physical activity and wellness sector, will continue to operate independently with all current colleagues retained, in recognition of their specialist expertise and customer relationships.  See Press Release.

Ascend Learning was acquired by Blackstone and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”) in 2017.

Adam Street Advisers is a London-based corporate advisory boutique with a proven track record of advising clients on achieving the highest possible value for their business. We specialise in working with the founders, shareholders and management teams of UK-based private companies on selling businesses and advising on transactions with private equity funds and alternative lenders.

​For further information please contact Adam Street Advisers:

Andrew Barnsley, Managing Partner

+44 (0)7941 843059

Oliver Thompson, Associate

+44 (0)2078462194

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