The Simply 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 world class 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 comprised 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 which have proven popular and highly successful.
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.
We all learn in different ways.
From the moment we’re born we strive to learn, to develop and to grow, continuing our progression while building our knowledge and skills every step of the way. Mistakes are inevitable, but these minor stumbling blocks help us set a strong foundation to continue forging on with our development.
At Simply Academy we understand that no two people learn in the same way. That’s why we devise and deliver training programmes with our learners needs in mind, equipping them with the tools and knowledge they need to reach their career goals and enter the financial services industry as fully qualified professionals.
We will continue to learn and develop to ensure we can help our learners do the same.
Chief Operating Officer, Simply Academy
Simply Academy is established.
RBS select us as their preferred CeMAP provider. This relationship stands today with over 1000 staff members successfully gaining their qualification.
We embark on our first overseas project with a major Middle Eastern bank helping them develop their retail, commercial, corporate and institutional banking services.
We partner Santander on a long-term project at their Belfast HQ, culminating in over 150 staff members achieving various regulatory qualifications.
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.
The UK’s largest mortgage broker, London & Country, select us as their go-to training provider.
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.
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.
Fully accredited to ensure we provide the highest possible standards in learning
Our Customer Charter
Many people are intimidated by academic institutions. At Simply Academy, we keep this in mind and design all our courses to be enjoyable and effective, with a fresh, vibrant and friendly approach.
We’re committed to delivering the best quality professional training with the best support and customer service, always at an affordable price.
Our promises to you
- All our staff will be knowledgeable, friendly, approachable and professional.
- You will receive high quality training material that is modern, clear and helps make your learning as simple as possible.
- We will provide all the information, resources and support needed to help you pass your exams.
- We will provide you with expert insight, guidance and advice about the industry that your training relates to.
- You will always receive friendly and professional customer service.
Opportunity for everyone:
Nobody is excluded from improving their knowledge and achieving their career goals.
Excellence in education:
We always deliver first class training, support and customer service to every client.
Professionalism and integrity:
We keep this at the core of everything we do.
Open, friendly and approachable:
We will support you and make your learning experience straightforward and enjoyable.
Value for money:
We will deliver the best possible financial training at the best possible price.
Our experienced and knowledgeable team works with a wide variety of clients, including SMEs and companies you’d recognise from all over the world.