System Training and Hargreaves Training Services have combined to form a business that will operate from 20 training centres, and provide Driver CPC training and logistics apprenticeships.
The two existing companies will continue to operate on a standalone basis until a rebrand brings them both under the same banner.
In the long-term, the combined firm will look to build upon an existing customer base that includes national retailers, logistics providers, SME clients and owner-drivers nationally. Training will be offered to a wider range of industries including road transport, logistics, motor vehicle repair, accountancy, health & safety and construction.
The new company will have a workforce of over 300 employees and sales of some £16m. Robin Brown, founder and chief executive of System Training will head the new company as chief executive, while Ian Peacock, managing director of Hargreaves Training Services, will become chief operating officer.
Brown said: “This is an exciting time for everyone at System Training as the new business will be considerably stronger than the two individual companies and allow us to offer an enhanced service to our clients and provide training to new markets.”