INVESTMENT YEAR
2004
REALISATION YEAR
2008
SECTOR
Services
DOWNLOAD FACT SHEET
Download PDF
Training seminars and courses provider

A leading provider of public and in-house training seminars and Continuing Professional Development courses for middle and senior management. The Hawksmere brand is well known to its target audience and has a reputation for a quality customer focussed product offering. In addition to its own branded management and legal events, it also runs courses and conferences for Croner for the personnel and health and safety markets, The Royal Town Planning Institute and CCH and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Hawksmere was sold to Kaplan in 2008, forming Kaplan Hawksmere, offering over 400 external training events a year. Asset scarcity, brand value, timing and a positive trading outlook led to a successful exit.

left motif right motif

Hawksmere timeline

2004 Livingbridge invest as part of a management buyout
2005 Augmented executive team with key hires including new finance director
2006 Introduction of membership scheme driving loyalty and improving cashflow with upfront membership fees
2008 Hawksmere is sold to Kaplan Financial