Digitalising a traditional sector
A leading UK-based provider of professional and vocational higher education provider.

BPP is a UK-based provider of professional and vocational higher education, providing training and qualifications in a diverse range of professional verticals including law, accountancy & tax, business & finance, data analytics & technology, actuarial and nursing, both to corporates and directly to consumers.

  • At a glance
  • Status: Unrealised
  • Deal Type: Private Sale
  • Sector: Education
  • Initial Investment Date: July 2021
  • Website: www.bpp.com


We started monitoring the education space on the back of our interest in traditional sectors that are ripe for digital disruption. We also identified a strong growth opportunity for vocational training providers given the trend in many European economies to reskill parts of the workforce to drive labour productivity. We were attracted to BPP given its strong position in the corporate training space with an unrivalled reputation, scale and breadth of content. We identified an opportunity to partner with BPP’s ambitious management team to pursue a number of growth initiatives.  Following a bilateral negotiation, we acquired BPP in July 2021.

Since TDR’s investment

  • Strong organic growth across BPP’s core schools, with particularly strong performance of the Business School with a highly attractive proposition for international students
  • Accelerated growth of new high-growth verticals, particularly School of Technology, through add-on M&A and organic initiatives
  • TDR’s Digital Operating Partners working closely with management to drive the development of BPP’s digital capabilities
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