Headquartered in Nottingham UK, Phenna Group’s aim is to invest in and partner with selected niche, independent  Testing, Inspection, Certification and Compliance (TICC) companies that serve a variety of sectors, ensuring customers’ peace of mind by delivering first class assurance services. This is the eighth acquisition made by Phenna Group in 2021 and represents our first in the cyber security sector.

Based in the beautiful Malvern Hills, IASME founded in 2012, work alongside a network of over 260 Certification Bodies across the UK and Crown Dependencies to help certify organisations of all sizes in both cyber security and counter fraud. IASME is committed to helping businesses improve their cyber security, risk management and governance through an effective and accessible range of certification schemes, including:

  • Cyber Essentials: from 1st April 2020, IASME became the National Cyber Security Centre’s
    sole Cyber Essentials partner, responsible for delivery of this government scheme.
  •  IASME Governance: a cybersecurity standard designed to be an alternative to ISO27001 for
    SME’s
  • IASME IoT Security Assured: aimed at manufacturers of internet connected devices to allow them to demonstrate they have the security controls required by new UK legislation.
  •  IASME Counter Fraud Fundamentals Scheme: allows organisations of all sizes to demonstrate they have fundamental counter fraud controls in place

IASME work closely with the UK Cyber Security Forum to train unemployed neuro-diverse adults in cyber security and support them into work. They are incredibly proud to celebrate diversity, with their team being one of the most gender and neuro-diverse within the sector. The company is headed by a female CEO, > 50% of the team are female, 32% of the team are neuro-diverse, 15% have a physical disability, 12% are from the BAME community and 24% are LBGTQ+.

Emma Philpott, Chief Executive of IASME Consortium commented, “I am delighted to partner with Phenna Group. At IASME, we operate with a strong, collaborative and diverse team culture. Finding a partner who understood our values, culture and ambitions and was highly supportive, allowing us the autonomy to fast track them, was key in my decision. From the first meeting with Paul and his team, they have been straightforward and easy to deal with, acting with integrity throughout and have given me real confidence in the next exciting phase of our journey.”

Paul Barry, CEO of Phenna Group said: “I am very excited that Emma and her highly experienced team have agreed to join Phenna Group. IASME Consortium has an excellent reputation in the marketplace and fits closely with our strategy of creating a diverse group of niche TICC businesses. Their culture and ambitions align closely with ours and there was excellent chemistry from our first initial chat and throughout the process. I’m looking forward to working with Emma and her team, to help deliver their very ambitious growth plans.”

Phenna Group were advised by Addleshaw Goddard and Johnston Carmichael
IASME Consortium were advised by Gunnercooke and KBS corporate

For further information on Phenna Group, please visit: www.phennagroup.com
For further information on IASME Consortium, please visit: www.iasme.co.uk