Pete, who has nearly twenty years experience in software development and quality assurance, had started moving more into coaching ‘Scrum’ development teams and was being asked to deliver training on a more regular basis. He began delivering courses in Agile software development topics in parallel to performing the Scrum Master role. In early 2014, he became accredited as a Belbin Team Roles trainer and used that knowledge to help build teams, both in the software development sector and in other non-tech businesses.
Lizzie, an ACCA accountant with nearly thirty years experience, continued to manage the back office, in addition to providing consultancy for other businesses.
Our training courses have proved popular with a variety of large businesses (mostly in the UK, but also in Jordan, Kenya, Canada and Egypt), but in 2015, we decided to see if we could use some of our experience and knowledge to benefit small businesses too.
As part of that move, we started a new (not-for-profit) business, Cheltenham Coworking CIC (www.cheltenhamcoworking.com), which aims to support micro-businesses in Cheltenham and, in the process, benefit the Cheltenham West community, where we are based.
Cheltenham Coworking opened Create on the Square, a social impact coworking space, in 2016, which is now our office base and venue for Cheltenham-based training. It also supports a variety of social enterprise startup projects, including Escape Rooms Cheltenham, which provides entertaining and challenging escape room events, while contributing to the regeneration of the local area.
Our experience in developing startups and social entrepreneurialism, has allowed us to broaden the George T&D training/consultancy offering to include topics in these areas too.
Our strapline Enabling Better Business, sums up our ethos well. We believe our services can help businesses, whatever the size, to be better: delivering more effectively, adapting to change and developing successful staff, and also, better for society: doing business in such a way that everyone benefits.
Pete & Lizzie
The logo reflects the values that George Training & Development aspire to do business by.
Our logo is plain and simple. Our surname is ‘George’ and we provide training and development. There’s nothing wrong with more creative names, but we want to emphasise our honest, upfront approach. We don’t try to be something we’re not, because we are confident of who we are.
The logo ‘G’ has a distinctive design made up of multiple individual pieces. Each piece is individual and contributes to the whole, just as each person is similarly individual and valuable. Consequently, every individual should be free to become the person they were made to be.
Although made up of multiple pieces, the ‘G’ also creates a solid shape. Each individual part contributes its part to make the whole stand out more. This reflects our conviction that by working together, we can achieve far more than we could ever do separately.