The Premier Global Group, parent company of Premier Training International and Active IQ, has announced that it has been acquired by the US-based technology learning solutions firm, Ascend Learning LLC.

Headquartered in Boston, MA and Leawood, KS, Ascend has developed a reputation for collaborating with the leading colleges, universities and healthcare providers in the US to deliver unique learning content and software for vocational education. Specialising in nursing, allied healthcare and wellness, Ascend has acquired Premier Global as a means of extending and developing its international footprint.

Premier Global will join other companies in the Ascend portfolio such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine, ATI Nursing Education, Jones and Bartlett Learning, the National HealthCareer Association, Al Advanced Informatics an ClickSafety, Inc.

Debra Stuart, CEO of Premier Global, commented: “Ascend Learning is a really well established firm in the US, and is known for offering real quality in learning for vocational education. Knowing this, and indeed sharing its educational ethos, we think the acquisition of Premier Global will prove a progressive step for both companies. From the Premier Global perspective, this acquisition comes at an exciting time and gives us even greater support and momentum to deliver on our growth targets within the UK and beyond in the next three to five years.”

Norman Basson, Premier Global’s founder, commented: “Premier Global has been on an incredible journey over the last twenty years plus, and it’s amazing to look back at the success of the brand to date. However, I think the acquisition by Ascend is a really positive development, and firmly believe that it is the perfect company to oversee the next phase of growth and development for Premier Global.”

Doug Krebs, President, Health and Wellness, Ascend LLC commented: “It’s clear that Premier Global is one of the leading lights of the UK health and fitness education industry. We can see that what Premier Global is trying to achieve complements many of our own goals, and indeed many of our existing companies. As such, the acquisition is a really exciting development, and will be a superb way for us to build our international presence.”