Benchmark Holdings Plc has announced that it has acquired 100% of Improve International limited, the Swindon-based veterinary Continuing Professional Development (CPD) business.

The acquisition strengthens Benchmark’s technical publishing division, which provides global knowledge transfer, technical insight, e-learning and market analysis for people and businesses working in agriculture, aquaculture and the food supply chain.

Established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons, Improve organises CPD courses for veterinary professionals across the UK, Republic of Ireland, Scandinavia and mainland Europe from its bases in the UK and Portugal.

Malcolm Pye, chief executive of Benchmark Holdings Plc, said: “The acquisition of Improve will enable us to combine our digital and distance learning expertise with Improve’s veterinary content across Europe, enhancing our ability to serve the professionals in our key veterinary markets.

“This is a significant step forward for our technical publishing division in both of the food and companion animal markets. We plan to take Improve’s successful, face-to-face courses and deliver content digitally on an international basis.”
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