Humly Acquires Leading Education Staffing Business, M2 Education

In a move that underscores its commitment to empowering educators across the UK, Humly is excited to announce the acquisition of M2, one of North England’s premier education staffing businesses. Humly is proud to welcome the fifth acquired company into the family.  

This acquisition signifies our company’s ambitious expansion goals in the UK, giving educators more autonomy and expanding its influence in key regions. “M2 was a strategic choice for us”, states Gustav Bild-Tofftin, CEO at Humly. “Their well-established presence in both the North West and the North East of England, combined with their reputation as a well-run, quality-driven business, makes them a perfect fit for our ethos”.

Humly’s CEO further emphasised the synergy between the two entities: “When entering the UK market 2 years ago, we sought companies that shared our vision and had a robust foothold in strategic regions. This acquisition, our fifth in a series of successful mergers, sets the stage for remarkable success, bringing our innovative solutions to even more schools, nurseries, and educators”.

Adding to this sentiment, Alex Shanks, Head of M&A at Humly, who was closely involved in the acquisition process, remarked, “M2 is not just a solid business; it’s a dynamic entity that continues to evolve and adapt in the ever-changing educational landscape. Humly has a proven M&A strategy through four acquisitions in the UK to date, with a presence in many regional markets. M2 fits the acquisition strategy perfectly with their locations, teams, and culture”.     

Mark Birnie and Melissa Kumar founded M2, which has offices in Newcastle and Preston, and places teachers, teaching assistants, and tutors on a permanent and temporary basis into primary, secondary, and Special Education Needs (SEND) establishments. They focus on three regions, Newcastle, Cumbria, and Lancashire.

Mark Birnie and Melissa Kumar say: “We believe we have found the perfect match with Humly! Not only are we very culturally aligned, Humly has all the expertise and knowledge of technology in the education recruitment market that will work in synergy with M2’s well-established reputation to ensure an even more successful and efficient business where clients and candidates are at the forefront of everything we do. The future is very bright, as the world moves forward with technology, we will take the education recruitment industry to the next level with service, speed, and quality. We are excited to see M2 Education grow and the opportunities this brings to our staff to develop themselves further”

For further details about the acquisition or to delve deeper into Humly’s future endeavors in the UK, please reach out to:

Gustav Bild-Tofftin, CEO
[email protected]

About Humly 

Humly is the UK’s leading digital marketplace of supply teachers, empowering educators to control their resources. Humly is dedicated to bridging the supply gap to schools, nurseries, and educators across Sweden and the UK, including, Fareham, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester, and Newcastle. For further information about the team and upcoming highlights please see. 

About M2 

M2 Education is a specialist teaching agency that places Supply Teachers, Cover Supervisors, Tutors, Teaching Assistants, Nursery Nurses, and other supply staff for schools and other educational establishments across the North of England