Awarding organisation City & Guilds has announced its acquisition of privately-funded independent learning provider The Oxford Group.

It said it had bought The Oxford Group, which specialises in management training, leadership development and executive coaching, in a bid to expand its offer to employers.

Chris Jones, director general of the City & Guilds Group, said: “Across the world, business and political leaders are worried about building the skills of individuals to help businesses and economies grow.

“Leadership and management skills are essential to the success of any business; in today’s interconnected, complex world, developing the skills of your senior leadership team has never been more important to business growth.”

Nigel Purse, chair of The Oxford Group, said: “Our strong brands and our values are complementary and we already have a great track-record of working together.

“Most importantly, we will be able to offer even more services and support to our clients across the world.

“After several decades of building our business across the world, we are delighted to begin a new chapter by joining the City & Guilds Group.”