Community Brands Closes Acquisition of Education Technology Company Groupcall


Data analytics and parental engagement capabilities of Groupcall strengthen comprehensive Community Brands software solutions for schools

London, 25th September 2018 — Community Brands, an industry leader in cloud-based software for schools, associations, nonprofits and faith-based organisations, today announced the acquisition of Groupcall, a trusted provider of communications and data analytics solutions for schools, multi-academy trusts, local authorities and education software developers, with 70 employees and a head office in London.

Lawrence Royston, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Groupcall
Lawrence Royston, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Groupcall

Groupcall specialises in data aggregation and analytics, identity management, payment and parental engagement software for primary and secondary schools in the U.K. Data plays an increasingly important role in education management, but many schools struggle with collecting and using data to improve operations, particularly in cross-department and multi-site environments. Groupcall addresses these challenges with easy-to-use solutions.

“Community Brands and Groupcall are leaders in the field of school software,” said Lawrence Royston, co-founder and Managing Director of Groupcall. “The executives and employees of both companies share a common belief about how technology can help schools, students and families. Joining the team at Community Brands is a fantastic fit for Groupcall and we are eager to bring our combined solutions to an even greater number of schools as part of this new organisation.”

The addition of Groupcall, which has technology implemented in more than 20,000 schools, brings new capabilities and complements a complete Community Brands portfolio of education solutions that meets the admissions, enrolment, communications, fundraising, academics and accounting needs of customers. The acquisition follows the strategy outlined by Community Brands to offer greater flexibility and more integrated solutions to meet the unique needs of each school. In parallel to today’s announcement, the company’s research and development teams are nearing completion of other important integration projects.

“Managing and overseeing a successful school looks completely different today,” shared Jean-Paul (JP) Guilbault, President and CEO of Community Brands. “Like other organisations, schools are going through a digital transformation, which has changed the way they attract, engage, and support students and their families. With a complete portfolio of increasingly integrated solutions, we are making this dynamic easier for schools and we are very excited about the new capabilities and expertise Groupcall brings.”

Groupcall was founded by Lawrence and Joanne Royston, together with Alex Felton and Sir Bob Geldof in 2001. Its mission focuses on improving outcomes for all children. Lawrence Royston will continue to lead Groupcall as Managing Director.

Financial details of the transaction were not shared publicly.

To learn more about Community Brands and its K-12 Education SolutionsGroupcall SolutionsAssociation Solutions, and Nonprofit Solutions, visit CommunityBrands.com.

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About Community Brands
Community Brands is the leading provider of cloud-based software to associations, nonprofits, K-12 schools and faith-based groups. Through innovation and technology, the company empowers more than 100,000 clients and partners to succeed faster, grow stronger and achieve social good. Organisations adopt Community Brands software to manage memberships, career centers, learning, accounting, mobile giving, peer-to-peer fundraising, donations, admissions, enrollments and events. Using these engagement platforms, customers of all sizes create meaningful and lasting experiences for their members, donors, volunteers and families. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, Community Brands serves the social good community in more than 30 countries. To learn more, visit communitybrands.comor follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Groupcall
Launched in 2001, Groupcall provides data, communication, analytics and identity management solutions to schools, local authorities and multi-academy trusts. Co-founded by Sir Bob Geldof, Groupcall is one of the education sector market leaders with products in over 20,000 U.K. schools. Groupcall has launched a number of award-winning products that increase attendance, improve child safety, enhance parental engagement and support senior leaders to get more value from their data. Groupcall technology also powers the Child Rescue Alert system in the UK. Learn more at groupcall.com, or follow Groupcall on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts
Groupcall
Andrew Mulholland
U.K. Media Contact
amulholland@groupcall.com
+44 (0)7583 035 384

Community Brands
Brad Bennett
U.S. Media Contact
press@communitybrands.com
+1 817.517.9965

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