Apiary Capital-backed Access Creative College has acquired dBs, a sound and music institute with campuses in Bristol and Plymouth.

The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The deal will see Access, on whose board sits Jo Johnson, former UK universities minister and brother of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, bolster its position as a vocational education provider targeting creative industries.

The firm, which under Apiary’s ownership is targeting a buy-and-build strategy, offers courses in computing, games, media, music and events at specialist campuses in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, York, Lincoln, and Norwich. The college aims to prepare young people for careers in the creative and digital industries through innovative, practical employment-led training.

Jessica French, investment manager at Apiary Capital, commented: “We are delighted to be supporting Jason’s ambitious plans to grow ACC’s higher education provision across the country and this acquisition is an important first step in offering a new kind of experience for learners in the creative and digital sector.”

Browne Jacobson’s national private equity team advised  Access Creative College on its  acquisition of dBS.

Date published: 15 September 2021

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