BPP Education Group, a global leader in professional and vocational education, announces £5M investment and partnership with UK education technology business xUnlocked, operators of Finance Unlocked and Sustainability Unlocked.
BPP’s investment will allow xUnlocked to fast-track their growth, focusing on the production of more courses covering all aspects of finance, each co-created and presented by hand-picked industry experts, and serving the needs of global financial institutions.
Finance Unlocked was founded in 2017 by Henry White and Robert Ellison. The company, recently renamed xUnlocked, launched its second platform, Sustainability Unlocked in November 2021.
This was in rapid response to a growing and urgent need for business training in sustainability, a move aligned with its own B corp status. 100,000 learners utilise xUnlocked platforms across a global client base including Santander, The London Stock Exchange, Airbus, GSK, Oxford Said Business School, and Royal Bank of Canada.
Finance Unlocked is the world’s leading on-demand education platform focused solely on financial training and development for organisations business professionals.
Graham Gaddes, BPP CEO, commented, “The investment in, and partnership with, xUnlocked introduces a new vertical of programmes into the BPP portfolio. We are seeing an ever-increasing demand from our clients and customers who want to expand their skills.
“The partnership will allow our customers to access market leading programmes to deliver up-to-date insight with high-end video and a cutting edge learning platform. The highly experienced team at xUnlocked are a great cultural fit for BPP and we look forward to welcoming them into the BPP Education Group.”
“We’ve always been driven by our mission to redefine professional education,” says Henry White, CEO of xUnlocked. “This investment and partnership with one of the most prominent and successful education institutions in the UK will allow us to accelerate our mission. Together, we will be introducing more specialised premium platforms to serve a greater audience of professional learners.”
Henry and Rob are joined on the xUnlocked leadership team by Prasad Gollakota (Chief Content Officer), Ciaran Rooney (Chief Technology Officer), and Daisy Meakin (Chief Operating Officer).
xUnlocked has grown significantly since its launch (350% average annual growth rate) and the unique quality of xUnlocked’s service lies in its proprietary technology platform and in-house course production standards. Each course is curated and filmed in partnership with a panel of over 200 globally renowned experts including Nobel Laureates, influential economists, and industry leaders. To further enhance the learning experience, courses are enriched with captivating footage, impactful animations, and interactive features, leading to a 93% average video completion rate.