Recently the UK Cabinet Office announced that the British company Capita Plc. won the Best Practice Portfolio Bid and will replace APMG as The Accreditor for the next 3 years (starting from January 2014).
The Best Practice Portfolio includes the PRINCE2® and ITIL framework, which are widely used in the private sector. It generates revenue for the public purse through accreditation of exam institutes and training organisations, exam sales and publications.
Capita is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. In 2012 Capita Plc. had a turnover of almost €4 billion, a pre-tax profit of almost €350 million and more than 45,000 employees.
The UK Cabinet Office and Capita will establish a new company (NewCo) in a Joint Venture partnership, owning the Intellectual Property Rights of Best Practice Portfolio Bid including ITIL® and Prince2®.
APMG will remain as a certification company, that is, as an EI (Examination Institute).
Cabinet Office has clarified that there will be minimum disruption to the current ecosystem which markets and delivers the products and the accompanying training and examinations.
You can read the official communication here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-deal-will-market-government-professional-qualifications
Finally, as an auditor, I must say that the official site does not contain all appropriate trademark and copyright statements in the PRINCE2® and ITIL® references 🙂