Wilmington History

Since floating on the London Stock Exchange in 1995, Wilmington has transformed itself from a predominantly UK publishing business to a global company with information, education and networking services. Here's how we've grown over the years - by turning knowledge into advantage.


Wilmington plc floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1995. The business was structured into two operating divisions: Wilmington Publishing and Waterlow Information Services Ltd; its primary focus was specialised publishing in a variety of B2B industries.


In 1999, Wilmington plc acquired its first training business, Central Law Group (CLG), the leading provider of CPD training for the UK legal market and since rebranded as Central Law Training. This was a significant step for Wilmington, and one which played a pivotal role in the company’s future acquisition strategy.


Binley’s, the UK market leader in the provision of healthcare data and market-intelligence services, was another significant acquisition; signalling the group’s growing appetite for information-provision services. Binley's has since become an integral part of Wilmington Healthcare.


Wilmington created International Compliance Association (ICA) in response to growing importance of compliance regulation in financial institutions. The ICA has grown to become a leading association and education provider in this sector with offices and training worldwide.


Wilmington sold its trade magazines in non-core markets including design, construction, power and catering; signalling a move away from businesses heavily reliant on advertising revenues.


Wilmington announced its acquisition of Axco Insurance Information Service, described by then CEO Charlie Brady as ‘the latest step in our plan to build a world class, international, compliance and regulatory information and training business.’


The formation of Wilmington Shared Services consolidated support functions across the company’s operating infrastructure including finance, HR and technology.


Wilmington added to its international footprint in North America by acquiring Compliance Week, based in Boston. The acquisition strengthened Wilmington's offerings in risk and compliance.


Pedro Ros is appointed CEO. In the Financial Results for the six months ended 31 December 2014 he announced the completion of a re-organisation, appointing Divisional Directors 'to support the adoption of our new knowledge-based business model.'


The company grew its North American presence and healthcare portfolio by acquiring Financial Research Associates LLC (FRA), based in Charlotte, North Carolina. 


In January Wilmington acquired Wellards, a provider of eLearning on all aspects of the sales environment for professionals within the pharmaceutical and medtech industries. Wellards has since been rebranded as the Digital Learning Academy and is part of Wilmington Healthcare. In July the company strengthened its offering to accountants with the addition of SWAT UK, since incorporated with its Mercia business.


In February 2017 Wilmington completed the acquisition of HSJ, the UK’s pre-eminent health information, insight and networking business. It added further strength to Wilmington Healthcare, and enabled the combined group to provide unparalleled services into the NHS and private vendor space through information, learning and events. In December Wilmington moved into its new London head office.


Wilmington announced that Mark Milner will join its Board on 1 July 2019 as CEO of the Company. Mark Milner joins Wilmington from Daily Mail and General Trust plc where he has been since 2001 in a number of senior roles including from 2013 to 2018 as Chief Executive Officer of its property information division.


Wilmington announced the simplification of its portfolio into two new operating divisions: Information & Data and Training & Education, to reflect its focus on the large and growing Governance Risk and Compliance and Regulatory Compliance markets.