Chelverton invests for growth with Qualification Check

Wilson Partners Corporate Finance is pleased to announce that we recently advised Chelverton Asset Management on its growth capital investment in Qualification Check.

“It was a pleasure to work with Dan and his team again; they quickly appreciated the nature of the business and produced a focused and value-adding report”

Richard Bucknell, Chelverton

London-based Qualification Check is a leading verifier of academic and professional qualifications, on a global basis. Working with degree and professional qualification awarding bodies, as well as global recruitment firms, background screening companies and large employers. By integrating directly with the IT systems of the degree awarding institutions, or employing API links, Qualification Check’s web-based platform enables users to remove the delays and frustration they might otherwise experience in having to directly contact a multitude of qualification awarding bodies.

Background screening and identity checking is experiencing increasing demand as more of everyone’s personal details are available on-line, with the opportunity for fraud and deception an ever-escalating risk. In regulated industries or other sensitive areas, such as financial services, healthcare or education, knowing employees are who they claim to be and are qualified to do the job is critical. At the same time, in an increasingly global world, there are over 21,000 higher education establishments and 125 million students, not to mention the thousands of professional bodies offering qualifications, with numbers anticipated to grow rapidly over the coming years.

Ed Hall, Qualification Check’s CEO, added:
“Our business has grown significantly this last year. This investment gives us the opportunity to accelerate that growth as well as expand overseas and fulfil our aim of offering a fully global education verification platform for the benefit of educational institutions, graduates and their employers. Chelverton have provided a highly professional and experienced team to diligence our business and management and we are delighted the demand from investors was so high. We have great opportunities ahead of us.”

Chelverton Investment Director, Richard Bucknell, who led the transaction on behalf of Members of Chelverton Investor Club – and who will join the Board of Qualification Check – commented:
“Qualification Check is a leading player in a fast-growing market, with a proposition that has proven attractive to some of the major names in global recruitment, along with many well-known academic bodies and professional qualification awarding bodies. Ed and his team have validated the model, and we are delighted that he has chosen to work with Chelverton to help take the business to the next level”

Dan James, Head of Transaction Services at Wilson Partners added:
“We thoroughly enjoyed working with Chelverton and Ed on this transaction. Qualification Check is a business with significant market potential and Ed’s enthusiasm and drive combined with Chelverton’s financial support and board level expertise should lead to an exciting future”

About Chelverton

Chelverton Investor Club is part of Chelverton Asset Management , which was established in 1998 as a specialist investor in quoted and unquoted UK Small Companies.

About Qualification Check
An intuitive, automated, one-stop solution for employers, recruitment professionals and background screeners.


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