Merger creates £20m training giant

Training and conference companies SI and Rogen are to merge to create a £20m turnover partnership RogenSI. UK-based SI, which specialises in providing personal development training and conference facilitation for clients such as HSBC and Royal Mail, will add Australian company Rogen’s negotiation speciality to its offering. The new business has a combined headcount of about 200 and offices in London, Sydney and New York. The deal came about after the companies worked on a number of projects jointly and it became obvious that their skills were complementary. They have subsequently undertaken about six projects together, as well as pitching jointly. Clients have bought into the new proposition. The new business sees 23 existing partners from both businesses become partners of SI Rogen. Rogen chairman Neil Flett is the chairman of the new business and Rogen’s Jim Robertson becomes CEO, while former SI chief executive, Andy Wolfe will head up the combined 65-strong UK outfit. The plan is expected to increase turnover to £50m in the next three years through a mixture of organic growth and expansion. The US will be the first area for expansion. SI already does a lot of work in the states and is expected to look initially at growing opportunities in the conference arena.

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