Helping SMEs to grow

IGD has come a long way since the time, 100 years ago, a group of small, independent grocery retailers came together to improve and develop professional standards and deliver training in grocery management. Now the trading company works with leading manufacturers and retailers across the industry, operating from offices in Asia, Europe and North America. One thing we haven’t changed is our commitment to helping small businesses.

IGD is a training and research charity. We have a trading subsidiary, IGD Services, which provides a range of commercial services including research and insight on the food and grocery industry. The net profits from these commercial services help fund IGD the charity.

There are a number of ways your small business can thrive with IGD.

Through our charity we offer:

  • Free learning events and resources that support lifelong learning:
    • Masterclasses on personal development topics
    • Lunchtime webinars to develop personal and professional skills
    • A wealth of quick and easy to use resources, available on-demand wherever and whenever you need them
    • Blended learning programmes designed for new starters in the industry
  • Free access to our healthy eating insights and best practice on product reformulation, Nutrition labelling and Healthy Eating in the workplace
  • Free access to our guidance on measuring food waste
  • Free economic analysis and advice on preparing for Brexit
  • The opportunity to volunteer in schools through our Feeding Britain’s Future programme: bringing the industry together to inspire the next generation and equip them with skills for work

Through our trading company we offer:

  • Preferential rates for our channel events and trade briefings
  • The opportunity to showcase your business and grow awareness through our free to enter industry awards.

A small business membership package, including the following benefits

  • Access to one of our online subscription services
  • Four free event places, including retailer trade briefings
  • Free newsletters and webinars to keep up to date with the latest industry news and innovations
  • Preferential rates on additional online services and commercial training workshops
  • Publicise your business in our 1000+ membership directory
  • Dedicated services for small businesses

If you would like to speak to IGD about our small business package, please contact us.

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We channel our expertise into a wide range of initiatives designed to educate and train the food and grocery industry, and we undertake research for the benefit of the public.