What a year it’s been! Since our inception last October, ClearCourse has gone through incredible growth. In just 12 months the ClearCourse group has expanded enormously, with 14 acquisitions and the growth of the core ClearCourse team from just 4 people to 19. As one of the first employees I have been fortunate to witness ClearCourse’s progression from the very start.
Our CEO, Gerry Gualtieri, established ClearCourse with backing from Aquiline Capital Partners, to build a group of innovative technology companies that could work together to create the market leading platform for payment enabled workflow solutions in the membership, events & booking, sports & lifestyle, and business services sectors. Since then, we have undergone an impressive and exciting growth trajectory.
From day one it was important to us that we built a team of experts to drive ClearCourse forward and reach our ambitions. Our team now boasts an impressive lineup of M&A professionals, entrepreneurs, payment & technology specialists, and financial & operational experts. Our strategy means that we require a team with a broad skill set so it was crucial that we scaled our business to be able to provide whatever support the Group companies need, and have the expertise to build proprietary capabilities, including our upcoming payments platform. Our aim is to keep up the momentum over the next year so that we can continue to offer exemplary advice and support to our rapidly expanding Group of companies.
Through my work in the M&A team, I have worked closely with Josh Rowe, our head of M&A, and the rest of the team to find and secure attractive opportunities over the past year. During this time we have built a strong suite of 13 companies – an impressive feat, as anyone with an understanding of M&A will tell you! The companies we acquire are profitable, well-performing businesses with strong and dedicated management teams. We look for companies that have the ambition to grow and give them the tools to do it themselves, be that through the provision of capital, or operational advice from a team that has done it before. In this way we help them unlock long-term, sustainable growth.
The ClearCourse family now includes; APT Solutions, BrightOffice, Circdata, Clear Direct Debit, Crafty Clicks, e-clinic, instaGiv, intelligentgolf, MillerTech, NetXtra, Protech, Silverbear and Trillium.
Supporting our Group companies with achieving their ambitious growth plans is one of our priorities, and we have already been able to assist a number of them with theirs. Earlier this year, ClearCourse supported Silverbear’s strategic acquisition of Decisions to bolster its core offering and enable it to offer a broader range of complementary services to its clients. In other cases, synergies have come from the integration of relevant, value add products from within the Group.
One development that we’re particularly excited about is the roll out of Clear Direct Debit’s integrated payment collection services across several of our businesses, making direct debit payments more secure, more accurate, and ensuring that value is kept within the group. Our world-class data validation business, CraftyClicks, is also being integrated across multiple businesses within the group creating efficiencies for them and their clients.
Another exciting payments project we are currently working on to generate value for the Group is the creation of our own integrated payments platform - set to launch in 2020. Make sure you keep an eye out for future updates on this from us.
We are proud to say that, in just one year, we have already created a network of complementary businesses and like-minded entrepreneurs that can share best practice and collaborate, whilst continuing to pursue their own, unique strategies. Going into our second year, we remain focused on the continued growth of the ClearCourse Group.
It has been an exciting year and I’m very happy to say that we are only getting started. The next year promises to be even bigger than the last, and we have some ambitious goals. Bring it on!