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About Our Partners

Our partnerships are based on strong relationships with like-minded people and institutions, and we value our shared commitment to knowledge exchange. We aim to deliver excellence in all we do through the expertise and knowledge of those we work with. We collaborate and work with the best in their field if you are interested in working with us please visit our Join us page.


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.

The Chester Centre for Work Related Studies

The Chester Centre for Work Related Studies (CWRS) specialises in opportunities for busy practitioners in work, who want relevant learning and impact in their workplace. The centre recently received a commendation by the UK quality body, for its radically flexible and high quality negotiated work based learning framework. The enabling professionals to customise their own qualifications, ‘learn through work’, and enable rapid accreditation of commercial training provision.



Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has been operating for over 70 years and is the benchmark professional body for standards in leadership and management. Submit an application with the acronym ‘CMI’ amongst the details and you’ll have the attention of any organisation that’s recruiting new management professionals or is looking to promote existing members.

The CMI started up following a realisation that, despite the existence of professional bodies for functional activities, there was no formal body for general management development and accreditation. The absence of a professional institution to promote and evolve the development of various aspects of management and leadership led to the formation of the CMI. 



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.



The University of East London

The University of East London has been pioneering futures since 1898. They are a careers-led university, dedicated to supporting their students to develop the skills, emotional intelligence and creativity needed to thrive in a constantly changing world.

The university is implementing a new 10 year strategy to transform their curriculum, pedagogy, research impact and partnerships to make a positive difference to student, graduate and community success. Their ambitious but achievable goal is to become the leading careers-focused, enterprising university in the UK.




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
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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.



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.



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.




CoSector is a department of the University of London, carrying out Digital Services, Recruitment Services, Housing Services and Fairs and Events. CoSector was formed in 2015 by bringing together three previously separate divisions within the central university to share resources, expertise and joined-up thinking to provide relevant solutions for our customers in the education sector.

Its work contributes to the University of London and its charitable objectives. CoSector’s aim is to enrich education and learning through sustainable and innovative services. This is why they are the trusted choice by over 300 UK institutions and one million HE and FE users. CoSector improves student and staff experience through our expertise, and have expanded to work with non-educational clients, too.

CoSector’s vision is to be thought leaders in the sectors we work in, sharing our knowledge and work so that individuals, education providers and businesses will grow. CoSector based in the iconic University of London building Senate House as well as the University’s Student Central building.




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.



The Institute of Administrative Management

Since 1915 the Institute of Administrative Management (IAM) has supported managers at all levels who are involved in the planning, co-ordinating, directing, or controlling aspects of a business. They offer a membership service, which is designed to enhance professional skills, build successful careers and help members to fulfil their potential.


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