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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.



Latest article:
The 9.5 things you need to do to achieve any goal

John Hotowka is a professional after dinner and business speaker, magician and Professional Speaking Association Award of Excellence winner. Here, he talks to us about the key things you can do to help you achieve your goals.

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Data guide:
Source code – where to find the data you need

Source code – where to find the data you need

Data is vital in the business world helping us plan, analyse, monitor forecast and much more. James Walton, our chief economist has put together this useful guide on where to find the information you’re looking for at...

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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...

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Upcoming events

  • 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

    2015 is a huge year for Leading Edge – it’s a celebration of 21 years of success, 21 years bringing free training to individuals across the food and consumer goods industry, helping them to grow and develop. Our annual Conference has always proved to be a hugely popular day; a day to upgrade your skills, develop key strengths and come away bursting with motivation, self-belief and purpose – a day of understanding and very clear learnings. A unique day not to be missed!

  • Turning Data into Insight

    15 September 2015, Watford

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

  • Creativity: What it really means and why you should care!

    Multiple dates and venues

    In this ‘creative age’ we are all expected to help drive innovation and be more creative in our jobs, whatever the role. But what is creativity and what does it really mean? Join us for this high energy, interactive and practical two hour session and unlock your own creativity to help solve personal and business challenges.

  • 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

  • Powerful Positivity at Work

    Multiple dates and venues

    In this high energy session, Courageous Success will explore how, at times, we all try and conform, leading to pretence and a false work environment. You will understand self-management, your impact on others and how you can unlock your own inspirational energy to feel empowered and positive- so get yourself in a great place to kick off 2016!


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 part 1: relationships

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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