Wales Fund Managers Limited (“WFM”) has completed a £200,000 development capital investment in The Healthcare Learning Company Limited (“HLC” or “the Company”) from the HSBC UK / Finance Wales Fund for Wales fund. The investment was the final element of a £910,000 fund raising exercise undertaken by the Company. The transaction values HLC on a pre money basis at £3.4 million.
HLC is a leading developer and distributor of e-learning for healthcare professionals. HLC’s courses cover subjects ranging from infection control and communication skills to clinical elements of postgraduate education giving healthcare professionals high quality continuous professional development and postgraduate qualifications.
HLC is unique in its ability to work in partnership with many of the country’s leading academic institutions like the Eastman Dental Institute and the Royal College of Surgeons among others. . The Company’s courses are proven to train successfully and are sold either “off the shelf” or bespoke and developed in partnership with their customers. HLC
works closely with Cardiff University to develop its training materials for the medical segment and WFM’s investment will be used to expand the Company’s training course development activities in
Cardiff and to open a new development office in city.
HLC also publishes a weekly magazine for dentists, the Dental Tribune UK, with coverage of approximately 90% of UK practising dentists.
WFM’s investment was made alongside a further £200,000 from a syndicate of high net worth investors introduced to the transaction by Watershed Private Equity LLP (“Watershed PE”), WFM’s parent company. Private investors and other institutions invested £510,000 in the Company earlier in the year. This is WFM’s first transaction since it was acquired by Watershed PE from Excalibur
Group in July 2008.
Noam Tamir, The Healthcare Learning Company’s Chief Executive Office said:
“I am delighted that we have been able to secure the support of Wales Fund Managers Limited. The funding will allow the company to expand its training course development activities in Cardiff to better support our important Welsh customer base. I am also looking forward to the contribution the WFM team will make to help us expand our business over the next few years”
Valerie Kendall, Director at Wales Fund Managers said:
“HLC is ideally placed to take advantage of growth in the healthcare training market which is undergoing significant change driven by regulation and enhanced monitoring requirements. We are particularly impressed with the strong links that the Company has with its customers and its excellent
reputation in the industry. HLC has demonstrated strong historic growth and is planning to continue to do so either organically or by acquisition. We are keen to support HLC to achieve its plans and I am very much looking forward to working with the Company’s board.”