National Fostering Agency / Outcomes First Group merger inquiry

Competition Markets Authority

October 23
10:00 2019

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 Date Action
18 December 2019 Deadline for phase 1 decision*
23 October 2019 Launch of merger inquiry
23 October to 6 November 2019 Invitation to comment
9 August 2019 Initial enforcement order

(*) This date is the current statutory deadline by when the decision will be announced. If any change occurs, the information is refreshed as soon as practicable. However, the CMA cannot guarantee that the decision will be announced on or before this current deadline, as the deadline of a given case may change during the merger assessment process due to different reasons.

Phase 1

Launch of merger inquiry

23 October 2019: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: closes 6 November 2019

23 October 2019: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

To assist it with this assessment, the CMA invites comments on the transaction from any interested party.

These comments should be provided by the deadline set out above.

Initial enforcement order

9 August 2019: The CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on the Stirling Square Capital Partners group and SSCP Spring Bidco Limited (trading as National Fostering Agency), in relation to the acquisition by SSCP Spring Bidco Limited of Boston Holdco A Limited (trading as Outcomes First Group).

Amendments/consents granted


Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:

Nafees Saeed
Competition and Markets Authority
The Cabot
25 Cabot Square
E14 4QZ

Published 11 September 2019
Last updated 23 October 2019 +show all updates
  1. Launch of merger inquiry.
  2. Derogation published.
  3. First published.

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