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eras ltd has acquired Central Learning Solutions

People development and psychometrics organisation eras ltd has acquired Central Learning Solutions (CLS). All CLS employees and consultants will transfer to eras ltd and the combined organisation will be based at eras ltd’s head office and training suite in Norfolk.

Having been in business for more than 30 years, eras ltd provides support to businesses of all sizes, helping to improve business performance through accredited training, bespoke coaching and mentoring programmes, and psychometric profiling. It says its Quest profiler has become one of the fastest-growing personality questionnaires in the UK and is used for selection and development by some of Britain’s largest companies.

CLS provides tailor-made training solutions specialising in business skills, management and leadership development and executive coaching. The acquisition of CLS will further enhance eras ltd’s services, campaigns and events and enhance its vision of becoming a leading people development provider.

Margaret Burnside, director of People Development at eras ltd, explained, “This is a merger of two innovative and professional companies which hold similar values, complementary strengths and a passion for accomplishing excellent results. Both organisations are already managing substantial projects in the region and across the UK. CLS also has an impressive portfolio of clients across Europe. Combining our skills and offerings will not only expand our client base to create a stronger business presence, it will also enable us to bring together a wider network of business leaders to share best practice and innovative ideas through our open training programmes, events and conferences.”

eras ltd and CLS comprise core staff and a network of independent consultants and associate subject specialists. The merger, which officially took place on 1st September, will see Jo Tonnison from CLS join the eras ltd team as the new programme coordinator. The leadership and management team at CLS, including founder and chair Jacky Carpenter, will also remain and continue to focus on the merger of the business.

Carpenter (pictured) said, “It’s a great move for CLS as well as our customers. Being part of a larger people development business brings tremendous opportunities for the future and we are excited by the next stage in the joint eras ltd, CLS journey.”

Both organisations already have a proven track record of working together, including on a current programme to deliver a bespoke Women in Leadership training and coaching scheme for BT employees nationwide. Following the acquisition, there will be a transition phase which will include the rebranding of the organisation. For now, it will continue to be known as eras ltd.

Burnside added, “Although we will now operate as one company, all customers can still rely on the same personal working relationships they had in the past. They will still be dealing with the same people and can depend on the same high quality service.” 

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