Grant Thornton advises The People Development Team Limited The People Development Team Limited has been sold to Learning Technologies Group plc

February 2021
The People Development Team
Adviser to The People Development Team on their sale to Learning Technologies Group
Grant Thornton team
Sell side
Corporate finance
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We are delighted to have advised The People Development Team Limited on their sale to Learning Technologies Group plc.

Established more than 20 years ago, The People Development Team Limited (PDT Global) is a leading diversity and inclusion (D&I) training consultancy that delivers global organisational programmes and learning solutions at scale to large blue chip, multinational clients. 

The acquisition by Learning Technologies Group plc (LTG) continues its track record of acquisitions that add to their capabilities in the market. PDT Global will become part of Affirmity, LTG’s workforce compliance and diversity business, headquartered in Irving, Texas. 

The integration of PDT Global dramatically expands Affirmity’s global reach, as well as its online training and diversity consulting capabilities, providing a greatly enhanced offering to customers. 

Following an introduction from one of our previous clients and given our extensive skills, training and wider consultancy sector experience, PDT Global appointed us to expertly manage the sale of the business, specifically to a strategic partner that already had a strong reputation for high quality training globally. 

We worked with the team for 12 months prior to engaging formally with potential global strategic partners which enabled us to run a streamlined and efficient deal process. This investment of time and subsequent process achieved a great result from a fit and pricing perspective for the shareholders. PDT Global and LTG combined, creates a significant digital learning provider of scale with a deeper specialism in D&I, and a fantastic home for its people and clients. 


We want to thank the Grant Thornton corporate finance team for their support, tenacity and determination in enabling us to find the right strategic home for the business, leading and steering us through a significant milestone in PDT’s history and delivering an exciting growth journey with LTG for our people and business going forward. The team really made a difference with the preparation phase of the business to ensure we were able to deliver the transaction seamlessly and their fortitude and extensive deal experience really made the difference. We are so glad we had them as our advisors in what was an intense but exciting process to deliver such a successful result for us as shareholders.

Angie Peacock & Heather Butler Co-founders, The People Development Team Limited

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