Acquired by Kallidus, Delivering Personalised Learning Experiences

Chris Horseman and Rob Caul

Gloucester, UK, 2 March 2020: Industry leading learning and talent management provider, Kallidus, today announced the acquisition of Engage in Learning, the Gloucester-based eLearning specialist known for its effective and engaging courses for compliance, health and safety and soft skills development. The acquisition is part of Kallidus’ strategy to provide customers with a full range of engaging people-focused Learning and Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions.

Engage in Learning is a pioneer of high-quality, easy to use and engaging bite-sized digital learning content. The company has more than 800 customers ranging from SMEs to global multinationals and brings a library of over 100 courses with extensive language and personalisation capabilities to Kallidus’ business.

Chris Horseman, Managing Director of Engage in Learning said: “Joining forces with Kallidus will allow us to deliver the constantly evolving library of quality editable content we are known for, at a much larger scale, and to support the delivery of personalised learning pathways to enhance employee performance. We are excited to become part of an award-winning business with the same laser focus on customer excellence and the needs of today’s learners and commitment to delivering measurable results to our customers.”

Commenting on the acquisition, Rob Caul, CEO of Kallidus said: We are delighted to welcome Engage in Learning to our business and are excited to be working with a team who share our passion for providing exceptional customer service and the same drive to deliver simple and engaging learning solutions that create long-term customer value.”

“The combination of our learning platform’s industry leading User Experience (UX) and the most engaging content in the market will make it quicker and easier for L&D teams to empower their colleagues with personalised learning experiences that supports continuous development and delivers real business impact.”    

Kallidus has won over 40 industry awards for its learning platform and digital learning content, including highly coveted Learning Platform of the Year and External Learning Solution of the Year awards at the Learning and Performance Institute’s Learning Awards ceremony last week in London. The addition of Engage in Learning’s industry-leading editable courses in health & safety, compliance and soft skills development will enable Kallidus to drive more value to existing and future customers’ learners and stakeholders.

This is the first acquisition Kallidus has made with its investment partner Apse Capital, as part of its strategic growth plan to provide a full range of people-focused Learning and HCM solutions.

Vikram Krishna, Partner of Apse Capital added: “It’s exciting to see two such well-matched companies come together to deliver world-class products and world-class customer service in a move that will further strengthen Kallidus’ position in the Learning and HCM marketplace.”

About Kallidus

Kallidus is an industry leading provider of learning and talent management solutions. It has won over 40 industry awards for its learning management system, Kallidus Learn, and high-impact digital learning content. Dedicated to customer excellence, Kallidus provides trusted solutions to private and public sector organisations, including some of the world’s best-known brands like McDonald’s, NHS, Transport for London and Eurostar, to help drive long-term business success. For further information visit www.kallidus.com

About Engage in Learning (registered as Hot Learning Ltd)  

Based in Gloucester, Engage in Learning has the reputation for producing interactive and engaging, beautifully designed, eLearning courses that learners love. Its combination of easy to use courses, innovative technology and ongoing support has been designed to deliver eLearning success on a whole new level. The company has over 800 customers ranging from SMEs to global multinationals such as Toyota, OCS, Cancer Research UK, Kettle Foods and Moonpig.

About Apse Capital

Apse Capital is an independent private equity group focussing on investments in European tech-enabled B2B information and services businesses in high growth sectors of the economy.

Having worked together for over a decade, the Apse team specialises in growth capital and buyout opportunities, looking to partner with high-quality management teams to help them scale and transform their businesses, develop new markets, create platforms and maximise value.  Digital strategy is a key driver of growth and profitability, as well as a market differentiator across all industries and sectors. From founder owner enterprises to corporate carve outs, the team has invested over the spectrum of development capital to buyouts, with a typical enterprise value range from €50 million to €200 million. www.apsecapital.com

For further information:

Tanya Randall, 20/20 Communications

Tel: 07887 811332

Email: tanya.randall@2020comms.co.uk