About us

Simply Academy is a leading provider of financial educational services. We design and deliver training solutions for individuals and corporate clients across the world.

Our Story

It all began with a vision. Chief Operating Director, Peter Lingley, and Apprenticeship Director, Mark Fenwick, realised there was a gap in the market for something extraordinary. There was a need for a quality assured training school which specialised in the financial sector. In 2006, they decided to open such a school and Simply Academy was founded.

Back then, Simply Academy consisted of a tiny office and a small but dedicated team. However, it wasn’t long before the news spread that there was a new training provider who delivered fantastic results backed by great customer care. As the company’s reputation grew, so did demand for courses and Simply Academy has been growing since then to keep up with demand.

The specialised financial services industry has evolved over time, with an ever increasing emphasis on regulation. In turn, we have evolved to cater to the needs of the industry. It takes dedication to keep our courses current for the ever-changing, sometimes turbulent, financial scene.

We’re always looking at ways to best serve the financial services industry and continuously review our course offering. We now also provide Financial Services Apprenticeships helping many businesses to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Today, the Simply Academy team numbers over 70 employees and associates. Our highly experienced consultants and tutors work alongside developers, designers and client services to deliver outstanding courses. The result is that our reputation has gone from strength to strength. Simply Academy is the provider of choice for thousands of students and companies of all sizes from around the world.

Our dedication to fantastic results and exemplary customer care remains the same as when we started business in 2006. However, we’ve long outgrown our tiny office and our team has multiplied! Our flagship headquarters is now in Hertfordshire, with training facilities throughout the UK.

We’re professional. We’re friendly. We’re skilled.

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Opportunity for everyone:

Nobody is excluded from improving their knowledge and achieving their career goals.

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Excellence in education:

We always deliver first class training, support and customer service to every client.

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Professionalism and integrity:

We keep this at the core of everything we do.

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Open, friendly and approachable:

We will support you and make your learning experience straightforward and enjoyable.

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Great value for money:

We will deliver the best possible financial training at the best possible price.


RBS select us as their preferred CeMAP provider. This relationship stands today with over 1000 staff members successfully gaining their qualification.


We partner Santander on a long-term project at their Belfast HQ, culminating in over 150 staff members achieving various regulatory qualifications.


The UK’s largest mortgage broker, London & Country, select us as their go-to training provider.


Sesame Bankhall Group, the largest financial distributor within the UK, select us as their preferred apprenticeship provider. This strategic partnership opens the doorway for 100s of their member firms to access our high-quality programmes.


Simply Academy is established.


We embark on our first overseas project with a major Middle Eastern bank helping them develop their retail, commercial, corporate and institutional banking services.


Leading up to the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) we design and deliver a high quality DipFA programme helping over 500 Financial Advisers meet the new qualification requirement before the FCA deadline.


Upon its inception we are awarded the privilege of becoming one of the first financial education providers accepted onto the Education Skills Funding Agencies register of apprenticeship training providers.


The London Institute of Banking & Finance award us “Trusted Partner” status in recognition of excellent service to their students. Only four organisations worldwide hold this prestigious title.

Simply Academy is accredited as a trusted partner by The London Institute of Banking & Finance
Simply Academy is trusted by the Education & Skills Funding Agency
Simply Academy awarded the Highest Rated Courses Brilliance Award 2019 from CourseCheck
Simply Academy is FSQS (Financial Services Qualification System) registered

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