Feeds

RM buys catalogue firm

Extra curricular

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Schools specialist RM is splashing out £11m on Teaching Technology Systems Group. TTS Group sells teaching aids to nursery, primary and secondary schools. It carries twelve catalogues focused on different curriculums and sells more than 4,000 different items.

Under the mostly cash deal, RM will take on £0.8m of TTS debt.

Tim Pearson, CEO of RM, said: "TTS operates in the same education marketplace as RM and shares many of our operational requirements - there are a lot of things we can learn from one another and many opportunities for joint activity between our two businesses.

"TTS will be a significant asset as RM transitions to a more broadly-based educational supplier. They have a well-regarded brand and a broad range of curriculum-focused resources that are complementary to RM's ICT products."

Raymond Griffiths, managing director of TTS, said his company had enjoyed good growth in the last few years but had reached "the next stage". This required more investment and expertise than TTS could manage on its own. He said online trading and business systems were two areas the firm would focus on.

TTS Group turned over £8.3m for the year ended 31 August 2003 and made an operating profit of £1.9m. TTS employs 70 people and operates from headquarters in Nottinghamshire. RM is paying £9.9m in cash with a further payment of £1.1m dependent on performance. ®

Related stories

RM posts record profit
RM wins £20m Newham gig
RM wins £30m Scottish gig

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.