Bath’s vibrant technology sector persuades global edtech firm to relocate its HQ from London

May 26, 2023

World-leading edtech business Discovery Education has relocated its head office to Bath, with its international managing director saying the city’s vibrant tech scene made it feel like the firm’s natural home.

The move from London to Bath follows Discovery Education’s acquisition of Bath-based education app firm DoodleLearning last August. 

Its new base in Palace Yard Mews houses more than 50 staff from Discovery Education’s UK and international teams, who are focused on delivering the company’s award-winning digital learning services to millions of students worldwide.

These include Espresso and Coding Health and Relationships as well as DoodleLearning.

Discovery Education CEO Jeremy Cowdrey, pictured, left, with  international managing director Howard Lewis, said the office, which is both its UK and international headquarters, played a pivotal role in our global business.

“We’re excited to open this new HQ in Bath, a thriving city and growing centre for technology and innovation here in the UK,” he said. 

Howard Lewis added: “Discovery Education is proud to expand our presence here in Bath.

“The city’s vibrant tech scene makes it feel like a natural home for us and we’re excited about the opportunities it creates.

“We’re committed to working with the local community to promote the tech industry, develop future talent and encourage positive change for young people.”

Discovery Education, whose state-of-the-art digital learning platform is used by 4.5m teaching professional and 45m students in more than 100 countries, has committed to a two-year partnership with Bath-based charity Mentoring Plus to raise funds to support young people experiencing challenging situations.

It has also taken part in a number of local community initiatives, such as the Bath Digital Festival, and recruits interns and placement students from the University of Bath.

DoodleLearning was launched in 2011 by maths teachers Tom Minor and Nicola Chilman after watching their children playing on their tablets.

Earlier this year its DoodleMaths app took first prize in the Primary Education category of the Tech & Learning Awards, which have been recognising excellence in education technology for more than 40 years.

Discovery Education’s decision to relocate to Bath follows US software developer SmartBear’s investment in upgrading its office in the city following its acquisition of application stability management pioneer Bugsnag.


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