Ixion Holdings joins Anglia Ruskin University

Published: 14 July 2008 at 13:45

Two major training providers link up to provide skills support synergy.

Ixion Holdings, the leading business and skills support provider to the Thames Gateway region including London, East of England, SE of England and East Midlands, announced today that it has joined the Anglia Ruskin University group, creating an integrated education and skills offering with a combined turnover of £140 million. 

The tie up between one of the UK’s fastest growing higher education institutions and one of the country’s most ambitious training and skills providers, will consolidate the range of business development and employer engagement opportunities on offer to forward-thinking companies and organisations throughout the Thames Gateway.

Companies within the Ixion Holdings group include East of England IDB Limited which runs Business Link East and Ixion Business Limited which offers outsourced business support services such as business advice, marketing, events and management and Essex Business Support Limited.

As an employer-led specialist organisation, Ixion will continue to provide tailored, Government-funded, business-to-business support, including brokerage, skills development training, knowledge transfer and business creation, both nationally and internationally. 

Priorities for the newly-enlarged education and training provider will be to increase interactions with businesses, public sector bodies and other organisations, to develop course-related, employer engagement activities and to develop new, dedicated, campus-based business incubator facilities.

Anglia Ruskin University has recently won one of the largest awards of funds from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), for the new ‘Higher Skills @ Work’ programme which will provide degree level skills training for people in the workplace. The specialist ‘Higher Skills @ Work’ team will operate within the new and overarching education and skills training offering for businesses, as well as individuals seeking career development and enhancement.

Under the new arrangement, Ixion will keep its identity and continue to maintain its own portfolio and business development functions.  Ixion’s existing service provision and clients will be unaffected by the new ownership arrangement.

Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, comments:

"We are delighted to welcome this new move to put employer engagement more firmly on the map. Ixion’s outstanding record for meeting the training and skills needs of businesses in the East of England and London made it the perfect partner to further develop our business skills portfolio."

"This new arrangement will provide additional business growth which will, in turn, lead to further improvements in the social, cultural and economic well being of the region."

Graham Baker, CEO Ixion Holdings, comments:

"It is a measure of Ixion’s hunger for growth that we are joining with a University equally as ambitious. It opens considerable future development opportunities in areas of innovation, skills and professional services for business, both in the UK and internationally."

Ixion is a business and skills support provider and works with all major Government funding bodies and policy-makers to ensure that public funds meet the needs of businesses and individuals.

Anglia Ruskin University has two main campuses, in Cambridge and Chelmsford, with over 24,000 students and 1,000 academic staff.  Other links to create new university facilities are in place at King’s Lynn, Peterborough and Harlow. The University serves students within the East of England and throughout the UK and has a growing number of international students.