See how Inspire Education Group brought people together in a successful merger

It was the merger of Peterborough Regional College and New College Stamford that brought the Inspire Education Group into existence – a group formed of two colleges with 1200 employees, teaching 10.000 students every year. True to their new name, they realized that a new vision on education cannot be complemented by an old way of communicating internally. The two colleges were using different intranets, both static and mainly acting as file repositories. It was time to bridge the formerly separate entities into one, with one common purpose, supported by one common platform.


The Challenge

Uniting company culture and internal communications

“IE Group’s decision to implement Google Apps for education made Google Workspace our primary means for collaboration. Happeo’s deep integration with G Suite made it the logical choice to support our Internal Communications. On a more visionary note, we aspire to be a thought leader and innovator in the sector. Happeo is something new and exciting – which perfectly fits that vision. You can’t change old ways with old solutions. Happeo’s design and ease of use mean everyone can embrace this new paradigm. It’s beautifully simple, where other systems are clunky and not easy to use.” 

“The merger of two colleges created the Inspire Education Group; a process that has revealed many new opportunities. We can now use new and more efficient methods of communication. One of the key opportunities is to use new and more efficient methods of communication. Happeo is a key technology for us that enables our senior leadership team to communicate across the entire group simply and quickly. Not only that it enables teams across colleges to interact and collaborate in a way that previously would not have been possible.”

Rachel Nicholls

Deputy CEO at Inspire Education Group & Principal of Peterborough College

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“Once we had our new domain setup figured out, installing Happeo was easy. With first-class technical support from both Happeo and C-Learning, our intranet platform ran smoothly from the start, without us encountering any problems. In March, we planned to install Happeo on the Peterborough domain as a prep-phase roll-out. We wanted to give ourselves time and a phased approach to populating the platform with content that our people really want. Then COVID-19 happened. Because Happeo is so flexible, we could immediately use it as our resource center across the Peterborough domain. When it came to our people using the intranet platform, it was instant. Happeo has a very recognizable design.” 

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From static to dynamic communication

“Our preferred option is Happeo. It’s a dynamic solution that’s easy to use and combines both a traditional intranet with a community-based social media platform. We expect to see a lot more mergers, especially in the UK but also internationally. It’s not just about mergers with the same types of entities either. Universities and colleges are joining forces in new ways. To support transformation in education, platforms like Happeo are a must. Happeo will improve communication across staff to fill the need for development, a need identified through employee satisfaction results. Curriculum will be better informed about changes and college-impacts, thus improving standards within teams.”

The features that changed the game for Inspire Education Group

• Deep Google Workspace integration to bring Google for Education closer to communication

• Channels that allow social interaction and engagement

• Easy-to-design Pages – their COVID-19 resource center was up in no time

• Rich analytics that help them assess the impact of their communication efforts and internal influencers

Happeo & C-Learning

The Inspire Education Group were supported in their journey to transition from legacy intranet systems to the Happeo platform. C-Learning has a long-standing partnership with Happeo and brought their experience and insights to the college group to ensure success. C-Learning Chief Executive Ian Nairn said "We are thrilled to see the Inspire Education Group adopting Happeo as they move forward with their vision, part of which is to create a unifying culture that transforms workflows and enhances communication channels and in doing so people feel more effective and engaged in their roles. It's a great thing to see and we are very proud to work closely with the Happeo team to support the college with their future ambitions"

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