Mercia Group takes over


Changes, Bowie sang about Changes, but so did Lyndsay Lohan and so did Bananarama so you can’t have everything. Actually, you can…

Changes at The Smart Training Group

It has been taken over by Mercia-Group. You don’t have to be a genius to work out why – virus and all that.


I have always tried to explain decisions and this one is no different:

• The Smart Training Group provides classroom CPD training for accountants. It is going to be a very, very, very (very ad infinitum) long time before courses start up again. Even when they do social distancing means the numbers in the room will be so low that they ain’t gonna be viable.
• In the absence of a vaccine or a cure the large events we run won’t happen again in 2020 or 2021.
• It is simply not feasible for my small business to compete in the webinar world. To create the number of webinars Mercia-Group have on offer for you is just not possible for a small business.
• Add to that the webinar proposition is not feasible for a small player. Think it through if you send 5 people to a course – you pay for 5. If 5 people watch a webinar you pay for one. I simply cannot get the volume of sales to make this work. Though this is not the case with Mercia Group's webinars

So, there you go. The business ended on 16 March 2020 down to a teensy, weensy little virus – that was on nobody’s threat lists.

And for the nosey parkers amongst you (i.e. that is all of us) this is not a deal likely to trouble any tax return!


Webinars – love ‘em or loathe ‘em – are here to stay and will form the backbone of CPD training for at least the next 12 - 24 months.

The Mercia webinar offering is a bit like The Chase

Bradley and the Chaser offer the contestant a range of money options during The Chase. You are not being offered 5 webinars (if someone has recently offered you 5 webinars I’d ask for my money back), not 12 webinars like some but 100s and 100s…

Mercia have webinars on every topic you could ever want. There are live ones, pre-recorded ones, long ones, short ones or you can download MP3s and listen on your listening device (I pod or phone to the rest of us).

There are loads of packages as well – have a look at Mercia memberships

For a sole practitioner for just a few pounds per month you have access to live webinars, pre-recorded webinars and courses when they resume and various support. You can then add in other services at a discount when you need.

Packages are tailored to what you need and you can always buy one-offs and not take a package.

Brilliant – an all you can eat buffet of training and vast amounts of support services.

Gee Dee Pea Arghhhh

Two years ago, GDPR was the biggest worry you had - bet you’d take it back. We will contact you from The Smart Training Group as a result of this change. If you do not want to hear from us or Mercia let us know and in an instant your details will vanish.

Only customers are on our database so you will be contacted if you have bought from us in the past.


Mercia’s core business has always been courses at venues – so they will be back. Who knows when, the format or style they will take?

I have asked that the Chester, York and Bolton venues are used again. We will need new venues in Preston – but it will be sorted and would welcome some suggestions. Wilmslow will restart.

So, whether you are a sole practitioner or a multi-partner practice Mercia have something for you.

Bank details

Please, please delete our bank details on your system. The accounts are closing or have closed. You have been told and will be told many times during the buying process.

The end

And finally, just to say a massive thank you for everyone who has attended a course over the many years The Smart Training Group has been running.

The Mercia team will look after you superbly from now on. Speak to Michelle, Kay, Jo or Jemima 0330 058 7141

And to quote Denny Laine I’ve gotta Go Now.

June 2020