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Accelerate your personal development

Workshops, free masterclasses, webinars and online resources

Develop your career and industry network with our events and free online resources on a range of personal development topics.

To find out more please contact us at or call +44 (0)1923 857141.



Industry news:
Developing skills top priority in FMCG

IGD’s annual Trading Relationships Survey allows us to take the temperature of trading relationships across the industry and to track how both retailer and supplier priorities are changing over time. This year, we asked retailers and suppliers about how they feel their teams are prepared for dealing...

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Meet the speaker:
Phil Lynas, All About Food

Phil Lynas, owner of distribution company All About Food, will be delivering an exclusive keynote speech at the Getting Started event, discussing how he went from brewing company brand manager, to global marketing and UK sales director, to creating a successful company of his own. Here is a sneak...

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10 dimensions of great customer service

Although most executives talk about the importance of customer service, far fewer are able to succinctly describe what they mean by this term. It can easily become an empty cliché rather than a focused strategy for growth. Yet customer service can be as important as pricing in helping to retain customers....

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Upcoming events

  • Leading Edge Getting Started 2015

    Multiple dates and venues

    A free half-day event taking place on two dates, 4 June in Leeds and 10 June in London, for those with up to two or three years' experience in the industry. An afternoon of energised, engaging and informative learning opportunities, packed with industry knowledge and expertise.

  • Winning Customer Teams

    Multiple dates and venues

    If you have ever asked yourself, “Why does our competition seem to gain that additional listing or promotion at our expense?” It could just be that they have in place a ‘winning customer team’. Join us for this free two hour evening masterclass where you will explore what is required to have winning customer teams.

  • Turning Data into Insight

    30 June 2015, Watford venue tbc

    This interactive one day workshop takes you through the end-to-end process from identifying the information you need, through to delivering actionable insights.

  • Economics: it's not what you think!

    Multiple dates and venues

    Economics shape our world at a personal and at a professional level. Likewise, our decisions and choices have economic impact when aggregated. Joining this free two hour masterclass will help you understand the core issues, how they interact and connect.

  • Leading Edge Annual Conference 2015

    08 September 2015, London

    The Leading Edge Annual Conference on 8 September 2015 is a FREE personal development and industry insight training day.

  • Influencing: Using the power of storytelling

    14 October 2015, Sainsbury's, London

    Back by popular demand as a one off for those that missed it in February. Join us for this free two hour evening masterclass on the topic of influencing, delivered by our expert guest speaker - Simon Arrowsmith of Grow the People


Latest insights

60 second learning:

This sixty second video provides a quick tool called C.H.A.T, designed to help you in any networking situation.

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Joint business plans

It’s that time of year again when retailers and suppliers are about to kick off 2016 business planning. During joint business planning, very often the customer or supplier requirements are not considered...

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New podcast:
Peak performance

In this podcast you will hear Steve Bentley from...


Day in the life:
Senior category manager

A day in the life of ... a Senior Category Manager

Will Pritchard of Dairy Crest, talks us through...

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A selection of videos to help you upskill at anytime

Leading Light Award Winner

2014 Leading Edge Leading Light Award winner Pippa Rodgers talks to us about what winning the award has meant to her, and how she found the entry process.

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Academy Newsletter

A round up of videos, webinars and articles created to help people working in FMCG. Each month we’ll provide content and courses to help you upskill at your convenience.

The IGD Academy

We provide training and learning opportunities for people in the consumer goods industry based on our insights and expertise. We can help you:


Accelerate your personal development


Understand shoppers, retailers and channels


Build category and commercial capability


Develop supply chain capability

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