Business coaching, management training and other professional development courses from the Business Learning Foundation

About Us

The Business Learning Foundation is a learning and development provider and consultancy company that specialises in management development, soft skills training, team building and business coaching. Also available is our own range of psychometrics and e-Books to support the various methods of development.

70% of our delivery is comprised of bespoke, in-house requirements, designed specifically for the client to meet their commercial objectives. The rest of our delivery is through public, open courses which are run across the UK for individuals and organisations with smaller requirements.

Our Approach

Founded in 1985 in Nottingham, we have built an impressive and loyal client base. Our partnerships are built by consistently delivering outstanding development solutions and working in close collaboration with our clients. In the last couple of years we have expanded our operation with training centres in Reading, Dartford and Manchester.

We are renowned for our innovative exercises used throughout all of our development programmes. Our blended learning approach and exercises keep delegates energised, engaged, inspired and underpin the learning in a way which can be directly related and applied back into the workplace.

We practice what we preach and we strongly believe in developing our own staff and ensuring they have the motivation and drive to move our business and yours forward.

ILM Accredited

Being an ILM approved centre not only offers clients the option of an accredited program in either management or business coaching, but it shows the high level to which we operate as the approval requires regular quality checks by the official awarding body.

We run the following ILM qualifications as open courses at selected venues across the UK. Please click on a course title to find out more about each one, including course syllabus, scheduled dates, prices and booking information.

What Makes Us Unique?

The Business Learning Foundation have designed and delivered a wide range of strategic programmes to groups, teams, team leaders, managers and directors of businesses in the UK, Ireland, Europe, Africa and India. Our clients include Airbus, A4e PPG; McAfee; Thomas Cook, Allianz, Jus Rol; Henry Boot; BAA, Shepherd Construction; Coca Cola; HMP Whatton, Crown Relocation, AOL, O2, Unilever, Borg Warner Turbos and Arla Foods, where we have created a great deal of added value based on a clear understanding of their cultures and leadership imperatives.

Our Core Values

  • Design and provide client-need centred, high quality and commercially focused solutions that consistently exceed the expectations of clients
  • Sustain ourselves as a trustworthy, profitable and professional consultancy solutions provider capable of rapid adaptation to changing needs and conditions
  • Offer distinctive, dynamic and innovative services and solutions on a global basis, adding value to our clients' performance

Dedicated Trainers on the Payroll to Guarantee Consistency of the Highest Quality

We have the staffing critical mass to offer and ensure continuity and quality control, and sufficient capacity to deliver to groups as large as 200 delegates or business units as large as 2,500.

Versatile Trainers

Expertise in management training, team development, executive coaching, health and safety training, selling skills and interpersonal/communication skills.

National and Global

We are able to offer solutions to client needs in every part of the UK plus all of Europe, India, Scandinavia, Africa, the Middle East and the USA.

Impressive Client Base

Clients include: McAfee, Unilever, The Prison Service, Thomas Cook, Airbus, Diebold, T-Systems, Allianz, Cadburys, General Mills (Jus Rol), Arla Foods, Enterprise Ireland, Hallmark, A4e O2, Experian, Henry Boot, Bullock Construction and the BBC. These clients regularly commission from us, which means that we meet their high demanding standards consistently.

Style and Approach

We are known for our up-beat, energised style of delivery that is motivational, always practical and commercially orientated. Our consultants are selected because they are credible, charismatic, highly qualified and excellent communicators. We can make the driest subject into an engaging and informative learning session that is enjoyable and good fun.

Innovative Use of Actors - Real Play™

We regularly employ professional, highly skilled actors for specific management training and client interface scenarios to offer a powerful instrument on how to deal with challenging situations and apply learning. Our main innovation is to invite the delegation to participate in the direction of the actors before and during the sessions, known as Forum Theatre.

Flexibility of Delivery

Although we have offices in Nottingham, London: Dartford and Reading (with training facilities), we regularly source suitable venues and have a large portfolio of hotels and conference centres to suit every size of group and meet any budget.


We offer a range of profilers, including LIFO, MBTI and Social Styles that increase self-awareness and help individuals, teams and organisations capitalise on strengths and face up to limitations and cultural issues. They also provide any leader with a detailed picture of the 'motivational influences' for their team once the individuals have completed the profilers and the results analysed.

Large Library of Material

Over the last 25 years we have developed an enviable electronic library of learning material contained on our server which is constantly being updated and renewed. We have a wide range of subject matter from stress management techniques to step-by step guides on delivering a successful presentation.

Bespoke Training Solutions

Over 80% of our courses are bespoke; designed to meet with a detailed and specific brief from the client. This means that we are adept at creating and modifying course sessions to suit the exact requirements - including group sizes, cultural preferences, diversity needs and time schedules. We are often described as very innovative in this area.

Trading for Over 30 Years

We are well-established with high levels of commercial experience, having been delivering training programmes since 1985.

To find out how we can help you or your organisation with its management training needs, please contact us online by using the "Contact" tab at the top of the page or call us on 0844 800 3295 to speak with one of our specialist training and development consultants.


Below is a small selection of past feedback for our coaching course and programmes:

"The Business Learning Foundation's ILM Level 5 coaching programme is an excellent course for anyone involved with coaching. It teaches you theories and gives you practical experience of coaching. All felt very comfortable and I learnt lots of new skills. Thank you."
Senior Trainer (Design)

Nationwide Building Society

"Overall I feel this experience will absolutely enhance my performance as a business coach. I love it when you come away from a development programme with lots of practical tips that can be applied in the workplace immediately. Worth taking two days out of the office; can see real return on investment. Well facilitated, informal, interesting with plenty of healthy discussions."
Coaching & Development Manager

Avon Cosmetics

"Having been a practising coach for a few years, this programme was the first formal training I have attended. It enabled me to fine tune my current skills, practise some new ones, learn about different structures/techniques, and more importantly become a more rounded coach."
HR Business Partner

Molson Coors

"What an excellent course. I've been on many courses where you get tons of theory but it's too much effort to put into practice. This is massively different - practical, fun and easy!"
Founder President

Professional Speakers Association

"The programme is a practical approach to coaching, and always referred back to what you can do in your business."
Training Manager