THE NATURAL TRAINING COMPANY LTD
2005 – 2017
Natural Training is a London-based corporate learning company servicing the UK and Europe.
Natural provides practical and useful learning programs built around the core strengths and personality of your people, and the culture of your company.
Unlike traditional training, we don’t lock you into our ‘system’, or bend you to our ‘rules. Instead we transform your people over time which gives you the greatest chance of changing behaviours into habits.
We want the best outcome for you and your team, so we ask you to give us targets to measure the results of the training, such as making you more money or helping you to influence others.
Since 2005 over 5000 customers have enjoyed our quality sales training to the UK and Europe. We relish each training challenge and we love making our customers money.
In 2015 we celebrated our 10 year anniversary – thanks to our amazing customers, and brilliant people.
Here’s a little Natural history:
- Victoria Tweed joins the Operations team as our Client Engagement Manager.
- We launch our Digital Allies programme for the UK Sales & Management teams at Virgin Media Business.
- This year we turn 10 years of age! During that time we have trained over 40,000 people from 18 countries, in 13 languages.
- We give our website a makeover and relaunch it in January.
- The JUST EAT Sales Academy launches, developing & transforming their European sales teams.
- We grow to 12 full-time people and 30 trainers, around 20 FTE in total. Fancy joining the team?
- We help one of our largest clients pitch and win a £1b contract with our amazing presentation skills training.
- Our Faculty grows to 30 of the most impressive business trainers in the UK and Europe.
- Jennifer Leppard becomes our Marketing and Operations Manager following several years of amazing service.
- We run year one of the Matrix Selling System Academy – growing the superstars of the future for the makers of the world’s most impressive gym equipment.
- We run a Bidvest Leadership Programme with a focus on Developing Raving Fans – see the highlights video here.
- We transform our 5000th sales team in April.
- We celebrate another year of 30% growth.
- John and Jemma join our team as Training Consultants and make an immediate, wonderful impact.
- Our most popular training event is Value Selling - loads of our customers are being challenged on price, so we teach their Sales and Account Service teams to negotiate well, build value and protect premium pricing.
- The Clarins Leadership Event is an amazing success – 70 leaders converging on Wokefield Park in Reading. See the highlights video here.
- We post double digit growth and continue our journey as a Top 5 UK provider of phenomenal sales, customer service, communication and leadership training.
- Our new book, The Natural Sales Evolution, is launched – available on Amazon!
- Our Faculty grows to 15 trainers.
- 2700+ clients have enjoyed our results-led training – see our case studies here.
- We launch 6 new types of training, including Sales Management Training, Leadership and Customer Service Training.
- Our blog becomes one of the most visited sales training blogs in the UK.
- We win the prestigious Golden Peacock Global Training Programme of the Year Award for our work with Dell Customer Mindset Training.
- We reach 2000 clients including many in the tech sector – see our client page for more!
- Nick Winwood becomes our Commercial Director for Europe.
- We celebrate our first 5 years in the training market!
- We win a National Training Award for helping EMC to inject £48m worth of additional pipeline into their business.
- We reach 1500 clients, 8 trainers and train in 15 different countries.
- We run over 60 Natural LIVE days for EMC and technology partners including Dell, Insight and Unisys. Real calls to real clients brings immediate results to our clients, including setting 122 appointments in a day.
- Despite the recession we celebrate our 1000th client and grow our sales yet again, one of the only training companies in the UK to do so.
- March: Natural training celebrates our 500th client!
- May: Clergy House, part of a beautiful former church in the heart of London becomes our new home. We call it the Natural Habitat.
- December: We increased our sales year-on-year by 150%.
- February: The team grows to 6 full time naturals and 15 associate trainers.
- April: Natural LIVE is launched. This innovative training product is to become the standard in experiential sales training in the UK.
- July: We move into our Paul Street office and huddle around 4 desks with co-tenant Vivid Advertising.
- September: Negotiation skills training is added to our portfolio of training with immediate success.
- June: British Airways contracts Natural Training to provide a wide-sweeping advanced presentation skills programme for 300 senior executives.
- October: BBC commissioned documentary maker Sarah Cole films our acclaimed sales training.
- January: Natural Training starts trading to coincide with the website launch. Our first website is built by Andy Bell from Mint Digital in exchange for presentation skills and sales training for the team. From his lounge room in Clapham Matt teaches Andy to cold call which was a spectacular success. Andy made 3 calls.
- March: Natural Training gets our first customer Searchflow and a further 40 new customers, many of which are still with us today.
- May: We hire our first BDM, and our first 5 trainers. One of them, Fred Robson, stayed with us providing excellent service until he retired in 2013.
- 24 July: The Natural Training Co Ltd is registered with a focus on sales training and presentation skills training.
- Founder Matt Drought designs and researches a range of courses with the aim of providing a fresh, relevant and bold training experience.
- November: At the age of 32, Matt leaves his day job as an Account Director at an advertising agency and steels himself for the world of business ownership!