Built through a series of acquisitions over two decades, QA is a leading provider of IT and professional skills training. With more than 250 instructors, the firm offers 1,500 courses in 22 locations around Britain. In 2007, Bregal Capital acquired a majority stake for an undisclosed sum, with QA using the funding to acquire three competitors. Under chief executive William Macpherson, 51, acquisitions, organic growth and expansion into higher education have helped profits rise to £17.5m in 2013.
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