14th June, 2019

Printing and distribution firm McCorquodale has stepped in to ensure that customers of FPA publications and online resources don’t lose out after the closure of the 89-year-old sexual health charity. FPA (The Family Planning Association) was placed into liquidation on 15 May 2019 with the loss of 25 jobs across the UK and the closure of a number of the charity’s programmes and services. Today (14 June 2019), McCorquodale announced that it has purchased a number of FPA’s assets from the liquidators, RSM, including the name FPA, FPA’s website and online shop, existing stock of publications and resources, and the flagship relationships and sex education (RSE) resource for primary schools, Growing up with Yasmine and Tom. McCorquodale intends to re-open FPA’s online shop, which ceased trading on 30 April. FPA’s contraception and sexual health leaflets will be available for purchase – under licence from Public Health England - along with other products including the popular contraceptive display kit, condom demonstrators and drunkbuster goggles. Previous customers will be contacted about the changes where possible. In addition, subscriptions for the innovative online RSE resource for primary schools, Growing up with Yasmine and Tom, will re-open. Support for existing subscribers will also resume. A scheduled relaunch of the resource with new and updated content will go ahead for the autumn term. Carl Bullwright, Sales Director at McCorquodale, said: “We have worked with FPA for almost 30 years and it was very sad to see the organisation go into liquidation after nearly 90 years of providing pioneering, evidence-based information on contraception, sexual health, and relationships and sex education.” “We understand how much FPA’s customers value their expert resources and look forward to supplying them with the high-quality products and services they know and love under the ownership of McCorquodale.” “Looking to the future, we hope to be able to work with experts in the sexual health and education sector to ensure the resources remain up-to-date.” -ENDS-