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August 9, 2021

Education Software Solutions Parentpay Group announces acquisition of ESS in a deal that cements its position as the UK'S leading ed-tech. ParentPay Group, Europe's leading provider of cashless payments and parental engagement solutions for schools, has completed its acquisition of Education Software Solutions from Montagu Private Equity LLP, in a deal that makes the enlarged group the UK's largest education technology business. The acquisition is backed by Montagu, a leading European private equity firm, which will take a significant minority interest in the ParentPay Group as part of the deal. [Full Announcement].

July 12, 2021

Education Software Solutions CMA approves the merger of ESS and ParentPay. Competition and Markets Authority has unconditionally approved Education Software Solutions' merger with ParentPay. ESS, the leading provider of educational software in the UK whose databases are used in more than 19,000 schools, will become part of the ParentPay Group once the merger is completed. ParentPay is the leading provider of payments systems to the education market in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany, with over 18,000 customers. ESS was acquired by Montagu from Capita at the beginning of this year, with the intention of merging the business with ParentPay once the CMA had given its approval. Following the merger, Montagu will become an investment partner in the enlarged ParentPay Group. [Full Announcement].

December 14, 2020

Capita Agreement to sell Education Software Solutions. Capita plc announces that it has agreed to sell its Education Software Solutions business to Tiger UK Bidco Limited, a newly formed company established by funds advised by Montagu Private Equity, in a deal that values ESS at up to £400m. [Full Announcement].

ParentPay Montagu Private Equity to acquire Capita's ESS business and invest in ParentPay Group, ESS to become part of ParentPay group, subject to approval. Montagu Private Equity, a leading European private equity firm, announced it has agreed to acquire the Education Software Solutions business (“ESS”) of Capita plc and has also agreed to invest in ParentPay Group (“ParentPay”), a leading provider of education technology. Following successful completion of both investments, ESS will become part of the ParentPay Group. [Full Announcement].

February 20, 2020

Education Software Solutions ParentPay appoints former PayPal managing director as its CEO as it targets new markets. The ParentPay Group, the market-leading payment platform for schools, has announced that Mark Brant, the former Managing Director of PayPal UK, will become its new CEO, as the company eyes up further expansion. Clint Wilson, the current CEO, who has led the business for 15 years, will become the Group Corporate Development Director. [Full Announcement].

January 9, 2016

Capita North Yorkshire County Council selects Capita to deliver its library management system. Capita's software services business has been selected by North Yorkshire County Council to deliver its library management system (LMS) following a competitive tender process. The new contract with Capita will help the local authority to reduce costs while protecting the service that it delivers to its customers. [Full Announcement].

July 29, 2015

Capita National College of Ireland chooses Capita to improve students’ library experience. Capita's software services business has been selected by National College of Ireland to deliver its library management system, following a competitive procurement process. [Full Announcement].

February 10, 2015

Capita Capita library software chosen by York St John University. Capita's software services business has been selected to deliver its library management system to York St John University following a competitive tender process. York St John has purchased Capita's cloud-based Chorus LMS, along with its web-based interface Soprano which will enable library staff to assist students on the spot, anywhere in the library or on campus, using tablet devices. York St John will also use Capita's PRISM resource discovery solution. [Full Announcement].

May 20, 2014

Capita Capita selected to support Bracknell Forest library services. Bracknell Forest Council has selected Chorus, Capita Software Services' cloud-based library management system (LMS), to provide an enhanced range of library services across its nine sites. The software will provide staff with an up-to-date and user-friendly library system and customers with an improved user experience. [Full Announcement].

January 10, 2014

Capita Capita delivers bespoke library management system to further education colleges. [Full Announcement].

November 7, 2013

Capita University of Roehampton selects Capita to provide cloud-based library management system. The University of Roehampton has selected Capita to provide Chorus, its hosted cloud-based library management system, following a competitive tender process. Chorus will integrate into the University’s core systems including, finance, HR, student records and the virtual learning environment. The integration will remove duplication of effort and allow library staff to have access to real—time information. The students’ experience will be enhanced as they will be able to search for books, electronic resources (including those provided by Capita’s partner, EBSCO) and archive data from a single search tool. [Full Announcement].

September 12, 2013

Capita Capita awarded library management system as a shared service contract by Gloucestershire and Swindon Councils. Two neighbouring councils have selected Capita’s software service business to deliver a new shared library management system. Working together, Gloucestershire County Council and Swindon Borough Council will use Capita’s library management software to provide staff with user-friendly and up-to-date library systems, and their customers with greater access to increasingly intuitive library services. [Full Announcement].

May 22, 2013

Capita Capita launches the next generation web-based library management system. Capita launched a cloud-based web application, Soprano, that allows both public and academic library staff to access Capita’s library management system (LMS) from any location at any time of the day. As part of the ongoing commitment to ensuring that the LMS meets the requirements of all libraries, Capita developed and tested Soprano with public and academic libraries and in response to their requirements – including University of Sussex, Leeds City Council and University of South Wales. With benefits for both librarians and library users in mind, the application assists librarians to swiftly complete their day-to-day tasks anywhere using their mobile devices, delivering a faster and increasingly efficient service for library users. [Full Announcement].

March 13, 2013

Capita Reinvention and innovation will protect public library services says Capita. In 2012, approximately 200 public libraries closed their doors and in the coming three to four years, the industry is expecting a 10-25% reduction in budgets. Capita’s recently launched whitepaper, Protecting library services"", considers how libraries must adapt to survive and how technology can support these new ways of working. [Full Announcement].

November 1, 2011

Capita University of Central Lancashire library takes stock with Capita to enhance student experience. The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) library has enhanced the student experience by getting books onto its shelves within two hours of receipt, following the implementation of advanced software, which forms part of Capita’s library management system. The library is the first to implement this type of solution, delivered in partnership with 3M, which uses radio frequency identification (RFID) – the next generation barcode - to improve its stock management, automate the purchasing and receipt of stock and improve the quality of data held within the library management system. [Full Announcement].