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After a successful relationship spanning many years, Centre4 Testing is thrilled to announce its merger with The Test People. This combined entity positions the organisation as the largest, fastest-growing, privately-owned UK software testing company.

The organisation now offers a 350+ strong, UK-based team, providing a seamless transition between on & offsite testing and first-class expertise in the fields of technical, automated and performance testing. With offices in Leeds, Manchester, London and Brighton, The Test People & Centre4 Testing can also offer clients an even greater local presence. The merged company will be led by Miles Worne, CEO, Centre4 Testing, with existing directors from both companies combining to make an experienced leadership team. Private equity firm, Livingbridge, who announced their investment in Centre4Testing in March, helped to structure the merger, and is working with the new management team to help them continue to grow. Our merger brings together two strong companies and two outstanding and highly compatible teams. said Miles Worne, CEO, Centre4 Testing, In doing this we are creating the leading independent UK software testing company which can unlock the huge potential of our clients, our markets and the potential of our people. Clients have increasingly communicated the need for software testing partners to provide in-depth advisory services and innovation, and to offer a higher level of support with clients product roadmaps as their own technical environments have become more complex. Gav Winter, Managing Director, The Test People commented, The Test People has always had the desire to become the UK market leader in software testing so we couldn t be more excited about the opportunities that our combined organisation creates; to meet the increasing demands of our clients, offer even greater career development for our people and to really start to change the UK software testing industry for the better on a much larger scale.

About The Test People The Test People was created in 2007 by Gav Winter and Andy Slight, with Ash Gawthorp and Chris Thompson joining in 2008 as founders, equal shareholders and company directors. All four founders having met whilst working at Accenture on the NHS Programme for IT in 2003. An award-winning business, The Test People has received extensive recognition as a fast-growing, independent UK software testing consultancy, winning places on the Sunday Times TechTrack100 and the Deloitte Fast50 (2014, 2013) together with the Institute of Directors awarding Gav Winter the titles of SME Director (2014, 2015) and Director of the Year for Yorkshire (2015, Runner-up 22014). The company prides itself on its technology-led testing approach, offering clients a highly technical and innovative approach to testing, ranging from utilising the latest toolsets to developing bespoke testing solutions for complex test, performance and automation challenges. The Test People are tool and technology agnostic based on agile delivery principles meaning that testing can be delivered in any client scenario. About Centre4 Testing Centre4 Testing was founded by Tony Wells and Ryan Hannigan in 2004, having previously worked together at Mission Testing – a software testing business co-founded by Wells in 1998. A specialist provider of software testing services, Centre4 Testing helps its clients to manage the significant risks involved with software implementations, upgrades and integration, proving system functionality or performance.

Centre4 Testing contract resourcing provides a flexible service of professional software testers to clients on a contractual basis. It is the business line upon which the company s early growth was based. As the market has demanded a wider QA offer, Centre4 Testing has been successfully transitioning from being a contracted staffing business to a provider of a broad range of testing services.

Consequently, the other major, equally sized business line is the fast growing consultancy and managed services which delivers test management, planning & process improvement and tool automation advice.

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