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Our Partners

Our Academic Partners

Our academic partnerships are based on strong relationships with like-minded people and institutions, and we value our commitment to sharing knowledge and best practice. We work closely with our academic partners to offer the highest standard of learning with industry recognised qualifications, making access to quality higher education and training easier than ever before.


The University of Chester

The partnership between In Professional Development and the University allows us to bring innovative, engaging and industry relevant programmes to the market. Our programmes carry the academic quality and rigour expected from high quality executive programme but are uniquely designed and delivered around the demands, pressures and challenges that face busy working professionals. Our unique and flexible approach makes it easier than ever to access expert programmes and gain post graduate qualifications via the University’s Centre for Work Related Studies.

Click here to find out more about our partnership with the University of Chester.

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Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

As an approved CMI centre, In Professional Development’s partnership with the CMI has grown from strength to strength over the last 4 years, allowing us to create and deliver a wide portfolio of courses that lead to recognised qualifications. The mission of transforming managers into leaders lies at the core of In Professional Development and one of the many reasons the partnership with CMI is so significant. Our courses are designed to strengthen the delegates mindset and skill set, providing them with the practical tools and strategies for implementation within their organisation.

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The Institute of Leadership and Management

The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) are passionate about harnessing the power of leadership to transform people and businesses for the better.  As the UK’s top leadership and management qualifications specialist, ILM help to develop more talented leaders than anyone else, giving them the skills to make a real difference in their organisation and beyond. 

Click here to find out more about our partnership with the The Institute of Leadership and Management.

Click here to find out more about the qualifications we offer in collaboration with the Institute of Leadership and Management.


The University of East London

As a collaborative partner of the University of East London, In Professional Development offers a wide range of courses to support students who wish to develop further skills in the workplace and contribute to the growth of the company by fortifying their position in the business with a better understanding of leadership, finance, strategy and marketing. Working in partnership with the Royal Docks School of Business and Law and the School of Education and Communities, allows us to offer flexible postgraduate qualifications that are validated by the university and underpinned by academic rigour.

Click here to find out more about our partnership with the University of East London.

Click here to find out more about the qualifications we offer in collaboration with the University of East London.


The University of York

Home to more than 18,000 students from over 140 countries, the University of York are a high-performing Russell Group university where enquiring minds, inspiring lecturers and world-class researchers thrive. They provide exceptional learning experiences that stay with students for the rest of their lives.

The university was founded in 1963, and York’s focus on academic excellence has resulted in a strong reputation across the globe. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 we were ranked in the Top 50 in the world for Arts and Humanities and in the top 100 for Social Sciences.

Click here to visit the University of York.

Our Delivery Partners 

Working with our network of delivery partners allows us to tap into a wealth of knowledge and industry expertise to deliver excellence in all we do.  Through utilising the skills and experience of those we work with, we are able to deliver industry-relevant courses that cover the full spectrum of learning opportunities.


The Diversity Trust

The Diversity Trust CIC is a Community Interest Company established in 2012 in the UK. Our mission is to ‘influence social change to create a fairer and safer society’. The Diversity Trust has undertaken large scale auditing, consultancy projects, research, training and strategic projects across the corporate, public, private, voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors across the UK as well as internationally. We are specialists in equality, diversity, equity and inclusion.

As an equalities-led organisation, our Executive and Non-Executive Directors, staff and consultants are all members of a wide range of protected characteristic groups including Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, LGBT, Disabled and Neurodivergent and Gender diverse people. The Diversity Trust supports all minoritised and marginalised communities in our society and is especially supportive of the Black Lives Matter, Trans Lives Matter and Women’s movements, thinking and acting intersectionally. Our network of consultants brings rich, lived experiences that are critical to understanding the issues of bias and how it helps create structures of institutional and systemic discrimination e.g., racism in our society.

Our clients include individuals, businesses, and organisations across the corporate, public, and social purpose sectors. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience in policy development, project management, research, evaluation, and training. We are able to advise our client, and partner organisations, on employment and management, as well as service design, development and delivery.

Click here to visit The Diversity Trust.



Gunnercooke is a leading management consultancy that’s based its success on three key attributes. First, their consultants have proven track records in leadership and management, Second, integrity and ethical practice lies at the heart of all they do. And finally, they don’t walk away when a project has finished, remaining available for future advice and project review.

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Promethean Executive

Promethean Executive aims to provide leaders with the knowledge and support needed to enhance their practice, feel more connected, and inspire the next generation. As educators, they share the latest evidence-based practices in leadership, coaching, and organisational psychology, while actively contributing to research. Their objective is to assist organisations, teams, and individuals in crafting their future and enabling progress towards it with intent.

Click here to visit Promethean Executive.

Our Venue and Accommodation Partners 

Professional Development and Services Group Limited (PDSG), the esteemed parent company of InPD, has recently achieved a significant milestone by obtaining travel agency status, along with a dedicated IATA number.

PDSG's travel agency status allows us to access exclusive preferential rates with venue/hotel partners that are not readily available to the public. This means that clients and event attendees can enjoy premium accommodations and venues at competitive prices. 



Booking.com is an online travel agency that specialises in lodging, reservations and travel packages and products. With over 28 million accommodation listings, they are one of the most popular online travel agencies and they are In Professional Development's accommodation partner for courses.

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Radisson Hotel Group

Radisson Hotel Group is proud to provide a dynamic set of hotel brands for a wide range of travelers and budgets. Each of their brands has its own identity. Any traveler can feel at home when they decide to stay with Radisson, because there is always a Radisson Hotel that caters to their needs. They center and focus their work on delivering memorable moments, acting as a true host by being the best partner.

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Marriot Bonvoy

Marriott International Inc (Marriott) is a hospitality service provider that operates hotels and restaurants. Marriott International owns over 30 hotel and timeshare brands with 8,785 locations and 1,597,380 rooms across its network. It’s brands include the Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, St. Regis, Westin, Renaissance, Marriott Hotels, Le Meridien, Gaylord Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments, Delta Hotels, Tribute Portfolio, Design Hotels, Courtyard and SpringHill Suites.

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Our Associate Partners 


The Career Transition Partnership

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management. Ltd, who is the global career and talent development expert within ManpowerGroup.

We provide resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines regardless of time served. We also operate as an intermediary service for employers wishing to hire from the Service leavers and veterans pool of talent. These relationships open up routes to employment which are accessed by leavers through our jobsite, CTP RightJob and a range of online and in-person employer events.

To date, we’ve helped over 300,000 Service leavers make their move into civilian life and supported thousands of organisations looking to employ ex-Service personnel.

And we very much look forward to helping you too.

Click here to visit The Career Transition Partnership.


Hotel Marketing Association

The Hotel Marketing Association is the leading professional body for hotel marketers and advocates for best marketing practice within the hospitality sector. Our key areas of focus include delivering an annual schedule of engaging events and networking with inspiring experts and speakers, as well as helping members access the best programmes for learning, career development and professional qualifications. With an emphasis on results driven marketing, creative impact and sustainable outcomes, the HMA Awards showcases outstanding achievement. Our partnership with HOSPA now offers members the added benefit of knowledge and expertise in Finance, IT and Revenue Management.

Click here to visit the Hotel Marketing Association.


Forces Families Jobs

Forces Families Jobs (FFJ) is an online training and employment platform for partners of currently serving UK military personnel. The site connects military spouses and partners with Armed Forces friendly employers and training providers, following feedback that they had experienced difficulties in accessing employers who understood the nature of Service life. 

Whilst military spouses and partners can use general recruitment platforms, these employers may not understand the unique challenges they face. FFJ connects spouses with employers who understand and support military spouses, as the employers who advertise on FFJ are either Armed Forces Covenant signatories or have demonstrated their support to the community.

FFJ has offered employers access to a resilient and skilled workforce, a sometimes untapped and overlooked resource. We hope this will also assist in improving the employer perception of military spouses and what they can offer. FFJ offers the employer the opportunity to showcase and build on their commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and advertise their jobs for free.

Click here to visit Forces Families Jobs.


Business Growth Hub

We are a community of specialists with a passion to help businesses across Greater Manchester to realise their ambitions. Since 2011, we've supported more than 15,000 businesses like yours.

We support businesses at all stages of their growth journey with our broad range of services. We offer expert one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, events, specialist programmes, funding and much more.

Better still, most of our support is fully-funded and is provided at no direct cost to your business.

Click here to visit the Business Growth Hub.


University Centre Quayside

UCQ is an independent provider of Higher Education, delivering a range of higher level and degree apprenticeships in business management, and leadership, across England. We support organisations from all sectors in improving their performance, by equipping their managers and leaders with the knowledge and skills required to undertake their professional roles with occupational competence. Our employer base spans everything from entrepreneurial owner managed enterprises, all the way through to Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 giants, major NHS Trusts, public sector institutions and third sector organisations.

Click here to visit University Centre Quayside.



Phonalangue is a reputable language training centre and has been operating in France since 1988.

They deliver tailored programmes in a number of languages, mostly by telephone and video conferencing.

Their main clients are international companies and individuals who use their CPF accounts to finance their training.

The Phonalangue team is a very international, culturally diverse, highly professional and experienced group of fulltime and freelance trainers all based in France.

In addition to great language courses, Phonalangue also provides e learning modules and official exams such as TOEIC, evaluations, progress reports and monthly statements for HR/admin purposes.

Click here to visit Phonelangue.


The 30% Club 

In 2010, the 30% Club was founded by Dame Helena Morrissey and has since evolved into a global mission with chapters in 14 countries/regions.

The 30% Club believes that gender balance on boards and in senior management not only encourages better leadership and governance, but diversity further contributes to better all-round board performance, and ultimately increased corporate performance for both companies and their shareholders.

Their aim is to develop a diverse pool of talent for all businesses through the efforts of its Chair and CEO members who are committed to better gender balance at all levels of their organisations. Business leadership is key to their mission, taking the issue beyond a specialist diversity effort and integrating it into enterprise-wide strategy development.

They run a number of very specific and targeted initiatives that look to broaden the pipeline of women at all levels of organisations. They work in partnership with business schools to offer a range of leadership courses to their members, and we’re delighted to be working with them.

Click here to visit The 30% Club.



UMi makes it easier for business to do more and go further by taking the hard work out of finding and using the best information, expertise and finance. Helping them to make better decisions more quickly. Since 2007, we’ve worked with more than 450,000 businesses across the UK, leveraged over £650m of private sector investment, created or safeguarded more then 30,000 jobs and facilitated contract wins of over £30m.

At UMi we're committed to going on a journey with you, to understand your challenges, discover new opportunities and connect you with the things that will make it easier to get where you want to be. Wherever you are on your business journey, UMi Sat Nav can get you their quicker and in better shape.

We take the hard work out of connecting you to the things that will make a real difference, keeping you on track with the opportunities and challenges you haven't even spotted yet.

Sign up to a no risk, no obligation 14-day free trial to get:

  • Finance & Funding – never miss out on eligible grants or loans
  • Advice & Support – personalised advice, check-ins & alerts
  • Events & Learning – be inspired & learn new skills
  • Tools & Resources – access 100s of how to guides & templates
  • Discounts and Deals - exclusive offers from trusted partners – worth over £348.

Click here to visit UMi.


The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

The ECITB works with employers and training providers to attract, develop and qualify the engineering construction workforce in a wide range of craft, technical and professional disciplines. We invest about £25 million each year to support skills development within the industry.

The organisation was established to address a market failure within the industry to provide training to its workforce. The ECITB addresses this market failure through its levy and grant system, which is used to drive up skill levels and fund training that would otherwise not take place.

Along with the education sector, government and employers, we work to ensure the UK has workers with the skills to meet the needs of the engineering construction industry. We design and award a wide range of qualifications, covering craft, technical and managerial disciplines. We are also responsible for developing and maintaining National Occupational Standards for the industry, which form the basis of our Training Standards, Vocational Qualifications, Technical Tests and Licensed Programmes, delivered by our approved network of training providers.

Click here to visit The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board.



QA delivers training, apprenticeships and tech skills to UK companies large and small. We believe everything starts with our learners – transforming their careers, and their lives, is what motivates us.

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Armed Forces Covenant 

The covenant focusses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.

This support is provided in a number of areas including:

  • education and family well-being
  • having a home
  • starting a new career
  • access to healthcare
  • financial assistance
  • discounted services

Further information about support services available to both serving personnel and their families, and veterans and their families  are provided on GOV.UK.

Find information about working, jobs and pensions for members of the armed forces and their families.

For more information about the background of of the Armed Forces Covenant go to the covenant policy.

You can also read the Armed Forces Covenant promise in full here.

Click here to visit the Armed Forces Covenant.


UKHE Consultants Ltd

UKHE Consultants was founded in 2020 based on long-standing experience and expertise in the UK education sector. It’s therefore uniquely positioned to offer support in many areas encompassing academic management, institutional strategy, accreditation, and course curriculum. It delivers learning & teaching face-to-face and offers over 100 online courses on its website including the ‘care certificate’ bundle.

It aids the quality assurance operations helping institutions meet and exceed national standards. The services include risk analysis, 360-appraisal, self-assessment, policy guidance, academic partnerships, innovation, and planning.

Indeed, by both doing the right thing and doing things right, UKHE helps institutions achieve transformational outcomes.

Click here to visit UKHE Consultants Ltd.


The Institute of Government & Public Policy

The Institute of Government & Public Policy aims to be a pre-eminent think tank with the goals of making governance and policy-making more inclusive and open to a broad coalition of stakeholders. The Institute produces and provides wide ranging research, reports, CPD, consultations and public policy briefings to help inform, influence, impact and educate the ongoing debates across key topical issues currently facing the UK.

We are proud to be an academic partner of Institute of Government and Public Policy. IGPP provides a platform for In Professional Development to engage with and influence the wider skills and training agenda, ensuring our sector has a voice at national and policy level.

Click here to visit The Institute of Government & Public Policy.


CCL Consulting

With decades of experience in the most demanding corporate and military situations, CCL Consulting know that consistently maintaining motivation and drive is achievable. They support/build/develop cultures, build high performing teams and nurture talent.


Their methodology has been proven to work in the modern corporate environment. They drive cultural change and help employees reshape the way they think, behave and evolve.


Their approach helps to create the right conditions to maximize their potential, help people cope more easily with life’s many uncertainties, create a resilient mind-set, and let them flourish at work, at home, and in their communities.


Click here to visit CCL Consulting.



SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing practical, emotional, and financial support to our Forces and their families since 1885. In 2021 their teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 79,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to those who have served in more recent conflicts or are still currently serving, and their families.

SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. They are there for that person and their family – any time they need them, in any way they need them, for as long as they need them.

Click here to visit SSAFA


Against Breast Cancer

Against Breast Cancer is the story of the personal crusade of our founders Dr Anthony Leathem and his wife Patricia in their quest for a future free of breast cancer.

Against Breast Cancer funds groundbreaking cancer research to improve detection, treatment and increase survival after breast cancer diagnosis. The focus of our research is preventing secondary spread, the main cause of breast cancer related deaths.

Today, Against Breast Cancer funds pioneering research into new treatments, tools for earlier diagnosis and advice to reduce the risk of recurrence and secondary spread. Working with expert scientists we want to increase the survival rates of all breast cancer patients and ultimately, discover a vaccine against breast cancer.

Click here to visit Against Breast Cancer


The Law Society of Scotland

The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body and regulator for all Scottish solicitors. As part of its regulatory duties, it sets and upholds standards to ensure the provision of excellent legal services and ensures the public can have confidence in Scotland’s legal profession. It seeks to influence the creation of a fairer and more just society through active engagement with the Scottish and United Kingdom governments, parliaments, wider stakeholders, and its membership.

Click here to visit The Law Society of Scotland.



FindCourses' mission is to connect learners looking for training courses with the education partners that will help them improve. They champion learning and development both inside and outside the office.

Click here to visit FindCourses.



FIA UK, The UK Flexographic Industry Association, is a leading association acting as a unified voice for the flexographic printing and packaging industry in the UK. It was founded in 1972 and now has partners, members and an elected board drawn from all aspects of the industry made up of printers, designers, repro houses, plate-makers, machinery suppliers, ink manufacturers, material suppliers and technology companies.

Their mission is to support and inform their industry through collaboration, representation and education inspiring the next generation.

Click here to visit FIA



Launched in 1992, The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers(NACFB) is the UK’s largest independent trade body for commercial finance brokers. The Association comprises more than 2,000 commercial finance brokers covering the whole of the UK, and more than 160 commercial lenders. NACFB Members are required to have Full or Limited Consumer Credit Permission, Professional Indemnity Insurance, a Data Protection Licence, and a strong track record with nationally recognised lenders.

Click here to visit NAFCB


Skilltec Training

Skilltec Training is a leading provider of corporate tutor-led training and we have been delivering training solutions across the country since 2007. We provide a broad portfolio of courses, covering Microsoft IT Office Applications, Management & Personal Development, Health & Safety, PRINCE2, ITIL and many more. We also develop Bespoke Training programmes to meet the individual requirements of organisations such as Charities, Universities, the MOD and the NHS. Last year, 98% of attending delegates stated they would recommend our courses to colleagues and our average course evaluation score was 4.8 out of 5. This is thanks to our small class sizes, expert trainers with real world experience and our unique free and unlimited post-course support.

Click here to visit Skilltec


Crown Commercial Service

Crown Commercial Service supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2021/22, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to £2.8 billion - supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.

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Beam is the trade association for agencies and suppliers working in the UK business events, accommodation and meetings sector. Beam seeks to promote professionalism, ethical and sustainable practices, diversity, education, innovation and thought leadership, whilst acting as a unified and powerful voice for our members.

Built on best practice in business, and supported by the four pillars of Resilience, Innovation, Ethics and Quality, our 25 year HBAA heritage has provided the foundation for an organisation which has over 220 member companies firmly at its heart. 

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Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce – where business belongs. Cumbria Chamber is the county’s leading business organisation, championing and supporting businesses of all sizes and sectors through providing a range of services to help them develop, connect, and thrive.

From exclusive events and bespoke member services to advocacy and business support, Cumbria Chamber has something to offer all businesses, and works closely with a range of stakeholders.

Click here to visit Cumbria Chamber of Commerce


Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Services 

The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. Providing financial support in each of a maximum of three separate financial years, the scheme enables higher level learning of a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3 or above (or approved international equivalent) with an approved Learning Provider.

InPD are registered with ELCAS across our entire open course portfolio.

Click here to visit Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Services.

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