Clearwater advises Ochre House and NBGI on ITN Mark sale


Clearwater Corporate Finance has advised Ochre House Limited, the recruitment outsourcing and talent management business backed by NBGI Private Equity, on the sale of the entire issued share capital of its wholly owned subsidiary ITN Mark Education Limited, a leading provider of supply teachers and teaching assistants in England and Wales.

Core Education and Consulting Solutions (UK) Limited,a wholly-owned subsidiary of Core Projects and Technologies Limited, has acquired ITN Mark in deal valued at over £13m. Core Projects is a leading global education company based in India, providing education solutions and consulting services to educational institutions in the US, UK, India, Africa and the Caribbean Islands. Core Projects is listed on both the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.

Partners Marcus Archer and Paul Newell, led the deal team for Clearwater, supported by director Karen Edwards.

Established in the late 1990s, ITN Mark provides supply teachers and teaching assistants to schools and local authorities in England and Wales. The Company matches schools looking to cover staff absences with education professionals.

ITN Mark, which is head quartered in Manchester, has approximately 3,600 teachers and 1,300 teaching assistants vetted and available for work, and currently services around 1,600 schools. As well as teaching assistants, the Company provides laboratory technicians, coaches and other experienced classroom staff without formal professional qualifications. In addition, ITN Mark provides tailored services to single faith schools and academies, as well as consultancy services to local education authorities to assist with their outsourcing projects.

Ochre House, which was subject to a management buyout in 2006 backed by NBGIPE, is one of Europe’s leading recruitment outsourcing and talent management businesses. Headquartered in London, Ochre House aims to deliver value through innovative, strategic approaches to all aspects of talent management, encompassing acquisition, engagement, development and retention.

Ochre House’s clients include O2, BUPA, SAS, Steria and Siemens. In response to increasing client demand for global capabilities, Ochre House now operates from six countries across Europe and Asia, which, together with its innovative partnership model, offers a unique combination of worldwide resourcing solutions, supported by local delivery.

Marcus Archer, partner at Clearwater, said: “The deal will allow Ochre House to focus closely on its goal to become Europe’s premier strategic partner for businesses seeking creative solutions in talent management. The transaction has allowed Ochre House and its shareholders to realise good value for the Company and focus on their principal strategy.

“ITN Mark is a strong business with notable growth potential from a firm foundation of 16 branches and with opportunities to expand into new geographical markets. Its specialist service offerings, including those to single faith schools and academies, will also allow ITN Mark to continue to build its existing market share. For Core Education, this acquisition gives further penetration in the UK education recruitment sector and a strategic platform to become a national player in the UK, as it continues to expand globally.”

The transaction represents Clearwater’s second deal in the recruitment sector in the last 12 months, having advised on the sale of Teaching Personnel in July 2010.