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Kaplan buys Osborne Books

04 July 2016

Many AAT tutors were surprised to turn up to the recent AAT Training Providers Conference to discover Osborne Books had been taken over by Kaplan Publishing.

Apparently, owner Michael Fardon put Osborne Books up for sale last summer.

Kaplan quickly became the preferred bidder and it was advised to refer the takeover to the Competition & Markets Authority. The CMA approved the bid in late 2015 and Kaplan bought the company in mid-February this year.

Kaplan’s director of learning solutions, Michael Smith, wanted to ensure everyone it will be business as usual at Osborne. The books will have the same authors. The Ecommerce and online strategy, such as the innovative online assessment package, will also continue as normal.

The one thing that will change is the distribution centre, which was recently moved from Worcester to Wokingham.

Smith reiterated that Osborne Books will be run separately company and the team will work hard to keep the good relationships it has colleges and students.

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