BPP Holdings

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BPP Holdings Limited
Wholly owned subsidiary
Founded1976 (1976)
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Key people
Professor Carl Lygo, (CEO & Vice-Chancellor)
Peter Crisp (Dean of BPP Law School)
Tim Stewart (Dean of BPP Business School)
OwnerApollo Global
DivisionsBPP Learning Media
BPP Professional Education
BPP University

BPP Holdings Limited is a holding company of the United Kingdom-based provider of professional and academic education. It has been a subsidiary of the American for-profit higher education company Apollo Global since July 2009, having formerly been listed on the London Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


The company was founded by Alan Brierley, Richard Price and Charles Prior in 1976 as Brierley Price Prior to provide training to accountancy students.[1] It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1987. Also in 1987 the company acquired Mander Portman Woodward, a provider of Fifth and Sixth Form teaching.[2] Then in 1992 the company established BPP Law School which in 2005 became a founding School of BPP College of Professional Studies, which provides legal as well as business management training.[1] In 2007 the Privy Council awarded BPP College powers to award degrees.[3] The company was acquired by Apollo Global for £368 million[4] in July 2009.[5] In July 2010 BPP College was awarded University college status.[6] In August 2013, BPP University College was granted full university status and now is known as BPP University.[7]

Mander Portman Woodward was sold in July 2012.[8]


  1. ^ a b BPP Profile
  2. ^ Robert Woodward: teacher and entrepreneur The Independent, 15 November 2008
  3. ^ FTSE company wins right to give degrees The Times, 25 September 2007
  4. ^ Fearn, Hannah (4 August 2009). "Apollo completes BPP takeover". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  5. ^ "BBP Holdings PLC (UK): Scheme Of Arrangement". FTSE Group. 27 July 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  6. ^ BPP wins university college status as David Willetts acts on pledge to boost private providers Times Higher Education, 26 July 2010
  7. ^ For-profit college gains full university status
  8. ^ Exclusive: BPP planning to sell sixth-form business Education Investor, 13 February 2012

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