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Unicorn Training On Course For Record Year

Learning NewsThe Access Group

Bournemouth-based digital learning leaders, Unicorn Training, are on course to eclipse their record-breaking 2017 after recording best ever figures in each of the first eight months of this year. Unicorn and its Serious Games division, Game Brain, attracted big crowds at The World of Learning Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham this week.

 Unicorn CEO, Peter Phillips, welcomes staff to the company’s new HQ office in Telephone House, Bournemouth (credit Dorset Business Awards)
Unicorn CEO, Peter Phillips, welcomes staff to the company’s new HQ office in Telephone House, Bournemouth (credit Dorset Business Awards) 

Last year, Unicorn, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, posted record sales of £9.1m. And with 2018’s quarter one numbers up 35% on the same period last year, Unicorn are on track to achieve sales of more than £11m for the first time.

This continued success has seen Unicorn shortlisted in the final three for the SCALEUP Award for Growth at the Dorset Business Awards, as well being amongst the Company of the Year finalists at the international Learning Technologies Awards, both of which take place next month.

Bournemouth brothers Peter and Andy Phillips founded Unicorn in 1988, three years before the World Wide Web was even publicly introduced! In the 30 years since, the company has evolved and grown as technology has advanced from floppy disks and CD-Roms to the interconnected, permanently online digital world we live in today.

Peter, who was AFC Bournemouth Chairman from 2002 to 2006, said: “We’ve grown steadily over many years, but three years ago decided on a new high growth strategy. This involved more investment in our technology infrastructure, an enhanced marketing budget, and a couple of key acquisitions.

“We have also branched out from our core financial services market to win major clients in other regulated industries, while continuing to build on our unrivalled experience and expertise in that sector, supporting financial firms and organisations in addressing their many varied regulatory and people development challenges.”

This year has seen Unicorn building a legal training division having acquired law training specialists, Socrates, last winter, including delivering a new training solution to help firms comply with The Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).

Unicorn has offices in the City of London and in the creative heart of Brighton too, but the company’s home is Bournemouth, where over it now employs over 100 staff. Last month Unicorn moved its Bournemouth HQ to the town’s iconic Telephone House, from its previous Holdenhurst Road home.

Peter added: “Each of our main business streams – content development, platform services, off the shelf compliance solutions and games and simulations – achieved double digit growth in the last financial year, enabling us to expand our Bournemouth team. We’ve always been proud to be a Bournemouth company and we’re excited about being able to invest in local talent and play our part as the town grows as a vibrant creative digital hub.”

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