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The City & Guilds Group agrees the acquisition of Nine Lanterns

Press Release   •   Oct 21, 2015 10:33 GMT

The City & Guilds Group has agreed the acquisition of award-winning elearning provider, Nine Lanterns. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Nine Lanterns partners with businesses to create custom-built elearning content and platform solutions.

Nine Lanterns will join the City & Guilds Group, a global leader in skills development, and become part of its global workplace learning company, City & Guilds Kineo. This follows the acquisition of the Kineo Pacific business in 2013, which increased the Group’s footprint in the Asia Pacific market.

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Nine Lanterns to the City & Guilds Group. It further increases our ability to support businesses across the world to develop skills and improve performance through learning and technology.’

Nine Lanterns was founded in 2001 by Steve Grocott, in recognition of the growing elearning market in Australia, and across the world. Today, it works across the corporate, healthcare, government, education and not-for-profit sectors. Its customers include the Australian Federal Government, Vodafone Australia and Registered Training Organisations.

Matt Johnson, Managing Director of City & Guilds Kineo said: 'We are thrilled to welcome Nine Lanterns into City & Guilds Kineo. The team’s commitment to both creative and technical excellence, as well as its focus on building long-lasting partnerships with customers aligns perfectly to our own values and approach.

‘At City & Guilds Kineo we combine over 135 years of experience in skills development with innovative, award-winning learning solutions that help businesses grow. Nine Lanterns’ expertise will be a valuable addition to our team.’

Nine Lanterns offers a suite of highly complementary products, such as ScaffoldLMS, NebulaCAS and its compliance offering. Working closely with City & Guilds Kineo, they will continue to develop these products to enhance the service customers receive.

Steve Grocott, founder and CEO of Nine Lanterns said: ‘The City & Guilds Kineo business is a perfect fit for us, bringing opportunities to enhance our offering to both existing and new clients. We look forward to working together and combining our knowledge and expertise with the Kineo Pacific team to offer a broader range of services and products.’ 

For more information, images or interview requests, please contact:

Nolen Smith, Kineo Pacific

T: 04 801 6693 / 027 548 8065



Christine Richardson, City & Guilds Group

T: +44 207 294 8054 / +44 7717 779781


About the City & Guilds Group:

The City & Guilds Group is a global leader in skills development. Its purpose is to enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth.

Backed by a Royal Charter, the City & Guilds Group has more than 135 years’ worth of experience in making sure that people are prepared to contribute to successful businesses and thriving economies.

The City & Guilds Group partners with more than 300 companies to develop the skilled workforces that they need, and invests in learning technologies to help people learn whenever and wherever they can.

The City & Guilds Group is made up of City & Guilds, the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), City & Guilds Kineoand The Oxford Group:

  • City & Guilds develops programmes of learning, learning technology, certification and assessment, to support colleges, training providers and governments.
  • ILM helps individuals, education providers and businesses improve the standards of leadership and management through qualifications, accredited training and specialist member services. ILM awards qualifications to over 95,000 managers across the world every year.
  • City & Guilds Kineo is a global workplace learning company. It offers a fresh approach to elearning management systems, apprenticeships and managed learning services.
  • The Oxford Group provides bespoke management training, leadership development and executive coaching to the world's leading companies.

Combined, the City & Guilds Group operates in over 80 countries, through 10,000 training centres, delivering qualifications in 26 different industries.

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