"The Business Coaching 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

"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 - Debenhams


The Business Coaching Foundation (BCF) started life as a traditional training and development company back in 1996, all-be-it under a different name. The BCF quickly established itself within the 'blue chip' company market as a provider of high quality and innovative team building offerings; as well as all the other traditional training courses such as interpersonal skills, communication skills, leadership and management, delegation etc.

Whilst building relationships with its clients and conducting the various courses, the Business Coaching Foundation often had approaches from clients with requests to deal directly with a delegate about a specific issue or challenge. Over time, the BCF developed a formula to deal with a 1-to-1 situation in a positive way; with logical steps, leading to a required business outcome. In fact it was so successful that companies such as Tesco, Allen and Overy, Orange and Leaseplan started requesting stand-alone 1-to-1 coaching sessions whenever a 'situation' arose.

Dr Tony Clarke-Holland, author of 'Walking in a Coaching Wonderland' created and oversaw the birth and development of the current Business Coaching Foundation from its early days.

In 2001, demand became so high for business coaching that the Business Coaching Foundation was born; firstly as a department within the training company, and then as a stand-alone business. About this time, the idea was born to 'share' the principles of 'How to Coach' in a structured way. Dr Clarke-Holland was already conducting a number of high level coaching interventions with major companies, when the vision was born to bring a 'standard' to a relatively new industry, that of 'business coaching'; and with it, the idea to train people in the principles of business coaching. By this time, the Business Coaching Foundation was having massive successes within all areas of business coaching. Whether working on a promotion with someone, getting a board of directors to work in harmony, increasing productivity, increased sales, reducing attrition rates, or just getting someone's mojo back; the results were constant and measurable.


When looking to 'share' the principles of business coaching, the BCF insisted that it had to have a selection of ingredients. These ingredients are still exceptionally vital today, and are:

The course had to be pragmatic - Delegates needed to be able to take the models and be able to use them straight away, back in the workplace.

The course had to be succinct - Busy people had no time to waste so there was to be no fluff or padding! Let's just cut to the chase and share the elements that business people really want, that will help to achieve results.

The course had to be run by real business coaches - None of this "I read in a book somewhere". With a real business coach up front, real examples and ideas/experiences could be introduced.

The course had to be validated - The link with the ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) keeps the standards high and the delegates' qualification relevant. Our ILM-accredited coaching courses mean you can be assured of the highest possible standards and course content.

The course had to be meaningful - The BCF still ask this today; that you bring real work issues with you that can be worked through on the course.

To date, literally thousands of individuals have been through the Business Coaching Foundation. Companies who have sent attendees, at all levels of seniority, reads like a who's who of business. For more information regarding how we can help you or your business, please call us on 0844 800 3295 or send us an online contact form.