Founded in 1983 and built through acquisitions, QA specialises in learning and education services, providing business and IT training courses, apprenticeships, degree-level courses and consultancy services from 22 locations around Britain. With more than 300 instructors, the firm offers 1,500 courses to customers including BT and Barclays. Led by chief executive William Macpherson, 54, QA acquired training accreditation specialist, The Training Foundation, for an undisclosed sum last November.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank112
CompanyQA
ActivityTraining and education provider
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*†210.1
Operating profit £m*†37.9
Main shareholdersCVC Capital (85%), management (15%)
Staff1,778
Founded1983
Websitewww.qa.com

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