Educational Guidance Service
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eQuality Solutions Group (eQS) has acquired Halifax-based Educational Guidance Service (EGS) in an unspecified seven-figure deal, Insider Media has reported.

EGS will become join eQS’s disability services division, which provides specialist assistive technology equipment, software, training and mentoring in the education, workplace and government sectors.

EGS hires more than 40 educational and occupational psychologists who work with children, young people and adults with specific learning difficulties and social or emotional barriers helping in educational settings and workplaces.

The acquisition lifts eQS’s headcount to 80 in addition to 350 freelance psychologists, consultants, trainers and delivery engineers.

EGS’s founder Alex Griffiths said: “The eQS team stood out as down to earth people who understood what we were about and demonstrated a clear passion for looking after the EGS brand and developing it in the EGS way. There was a synergy between our business culture and values, and a very obvious desire to look after the exceptional team who have helped us create this legacy of doing good and unlocking potential.”

EGS’s managing director Karen Jones and operations director Jane Goldthorpe will continue to run the company’s day-to-day operations.

eQS’s chief executive Andy Gough said: “The past couple of years have not only seen a global health crisis but also an awakening regarding inclusion and acceptance of individuals identifying with a cognitive disability. This has created an even bigger demand for cognitive disability assessments within both the educational and workplace settings.”

KBS advised EGS on the sale and Alston Asquith provided legal advice. Ryecroft Glenton advised eQS on corporate finance, tax and financial/tax due diligence with legal advice provided by Ward Hadaway.

Date published: 24 November 2021

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