Humly, a Viking Venture portfolio company, continues to grow and has acquired the English teaching agency Supply Teaching Ltd. Through this acquisition, Humly’s ambition is to grow the digital marketplace for temporary staff in the English market in the way the company has done in Sweden.
Humly has had strong growth in the Swedish market over the past five years. Through its self-developed digital marketplace for supply teachers, Humly helps around 40 local authorities and independent schools with their need for supply teachers.
Humly’s vision is to unleash and highlight the potential of educators. Globally, there is a need for competent people in schools, even when regular teachers are absent.
– Our acquisition of Supply Teaching Ltd fits with our ambitious goal to help schools in England with their staffing needs by using our digital marketplace, says Gustav Bild Tofftin, CEO of Humly.
Supply Teaching Ltd is located in Milton Keynes and was founded in 2000. The company has a strong local connection and is the natural choice for the city’s primary and secondary schools. Supply Teaching helps over 100 schools and has, during its many years in the industry, created a strong brand that characterises high delivery ability and quality.
– Supply Teaching Ltd is delighted to be working with Humly. Both companies have the same ethos that the education of children is a priority, individually matching the perfect teacher for each role in a school. This combined with the highest level of compliance and the latest technology from Humly, will ensure that the two merged companies will continue to grow and offer the best and most complete service to its clients, says Belinda Sparks, founder of Supply Teaching Ltd.
– The acquisition of Supply Teaching LTD is a strategically important investment and step for Humly to strengthen its position in the UK. We are very happy to welcome Supply Teaching LTD to the Humly team and are excited about the opportunities in the English market, says Eivind Bergsmyr, Partner at Viking Venture
– There is great potential in the British market and we look forward to growing with the market and developing our offering through further acquisitions, concludes Gustav Bild Tofftin.
Humly was founded by two Swedish engineering students. In 2015, whilst at university, they came up with the idea to take the hassle out of finding supply teachers. Today Humly has a team of 20 people working behind the scenes in Gothenburg and has 2000 registered supply teachers. In Sweden, Humly was awarded Social Innovation of the Year 2015 and Social Enterprise of the Year 2017. Founders, Kristoffer and Gustav, were also nominated for the Young Business Owners of the Year 2018.
About Supply Teaching Ltd
Supply Teaching Ltd was established in Milton Keynes in 2000 to provide a specialist recruitment service for primary and secondary schools and teachers in Herts, Beds, Bucks and Northants. Supply Teaching offers teachers, assistants and tutors for day to day supply, short and long term placements as well as permanent positions. Their teachers have many specialisms across many year groups.