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Maven leads £1.42m investment in Cheshire eLearning specialist

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Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s most active investors in growing businesses, has led a £1.42 million investment in Chester-based eLearning provider iAM Compliant Limited.

The company specialises in offering eLearning courses to enterprise customers as well as a cloud-based estates and compliance platform tailored for the education market.

This latest funding round builds upon Maven’s previous £1 million investment in iAM in 2021 completed through NPIF Maven Equity Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), a fund it manages on behalf of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

The newly secured funding, which includes a £1.1 million investment from the Maven VCTs and a £320,000 investment from NPIF Maven Equity Finance, will be utilised to support iAM’s ongoing growth initiatives. This includes further enhancing its compliance software and its eLearning library through product development, as well as strengthening its sales and marketing operations.

The iAM business consists of two distinct divisions: iAM Compliant and iAM Learning.

iAM Learning offers an acclaimed eLearning library that continues to expand, covering a wide range of subjects such as health and safety, compliance, mental health, and safeguarding.

iAM Compliant provides a cloud-based software platform for estates and compliance management. Its primary focus is on the education sector, encompassing areas such as estates management, health and safety, statutory reporting, incident reporting, and premises checks. Additionally, schools gain access to iAM Learning’s exclusive learning library, which supports employee training requirements.

Since Maven’s initial investment in iAM over two years ago, the company has achieved significant growth, with annual recurring revenues quadrupling.

James Rosthorn, investment director at Maven, said; “Maven is delighted to maintain its support for iAM following the company’s consistent commercial growth in recent years. We’ve been impressed by the ambition and drive demonstrated by the management team, as well as the strong performance of both business units in developing compelling propositions and ensuring customer retention. Furthermore, we acknowledge the immense value within the sectors iAM’s divisions operate, which are currently undergoing substantial growth and witnessing robust merger and acquisition activity. This additional investment will enable iAM to further expand its client offering and achieve significant revenue scaling.”

Tom Moore, COO at iAM Compliant, added: “We are absolutely delighted with this follow-on investment round, supported by Maven and NPIF. Since the initial investment round, we’ve seen strong growth coupled with further development of our product offerings. This investment allows us to build on our increasing market position and accelerate our learning library and compliance product plans as well as our head office capabilities. The really exciting part is that we’ve already been challenging the competition, but now we can really start to shake things up.”

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

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