City & Guilds Group acquires Nine Lanterns
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.’
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.’