William Reed Business Media, publisher of Forecourt Trader and market leading business information for the food industry, and Virtual College, the leading provider of e-learning and online training, have launched a partnership to provide an extensive range of training materials for the food industry.

William Reed’s journalism, information, research, events and awards have been a trusted resource in global food and drink markets for over 150 years. An expanding portfolio of websites, virtual events and data services ensures global food industry customers continue to benefit from WR’s excellence in information provision.

With over 1.6 million online learners, Virtual College is one of the UK’s leading developers of e-learning online, providing courses to individuals and companies across the world. Virtual College has been breaking down the boundaries of traditional learning to deliver cost reducing, time efficient training for over 20 years developing a broad portfolio of courses and training across all market sectors. Virtual College is renowned for providing high quality courses and technology coupled with outstanding customer service.

The new business entity will be known as William Reed Training (www.williamreedtraining.com) and will be the exclusive supplier of the existing Virtual College portfolio of courses to the food sector, as well as developing a range of new e-learning materials.

Charles Reed, group managing director, said: “The creation of William Reed Training represents a significant expansion in our digital solutions for the food industry. I’m very pleased to be partnering with an e-learning business with Virtual College’s outstanding reputation and proven excellence in technology and content development.”

Virtual College CEO Rod Knox commented: “William Reed is a perfect partner for Virtual College with outstanding customer relationships across the food, drink and hotel markets. Our shared aspiration is for William Reed Training in partnership with Virtual College to be the leading training provider for the sector. This is a really exciting development and is a fundamental part of a wider business growth strategy for the next three years.”