ABC Awards has become a formal part of the EMFEC group.

Paul Eeles, chief executive of  EMFEC, has taken control of the company and will soon become chief executive of ABC awards.

“ABC Awards is a well-respected Awarding Body which I believe has a sound future in a competitive market,” Mr Eeles said.

“It is our intention to build on the success of Nigel Florence and his team and to cement ABC Awards as a national sector owned and sector responsive awarding organisation.”

Nigel Florence, executive director of ABC Awards, will remain in an advisory capacity until he retires at the end of August.

A review of EMFEC and ABC Awards will be led by John McNamara, former CEO of the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils and Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to ensure both companies are “truly responsive to their customers and members.”

ABC Awards was setup in 1998 as a joint venture between EMFEC, CENTRA and Learning South West.

CENTRA transferred its interest in the company on March 1, followed by Learning South West on April 2.

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