our story.

ted Learning Theatre of Learning drama based training

a business built on values, passion and wanting to have some fun!

Our business started as a conversation between two friends in early 2012. We asked ourselves, how could we go it alone and create something that echoed our personalities, delivered great training and was a huge amount of fun. ted Learning was born! Standing for training that is engaging and dramatic, we started with one client, a bashed up car and a lot of laughing. Now with a big team behind us, we are even more passionate about delivering dramatically different, engaging and fun experiential training to all our clients and learners.

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ted Learning Theatre of Learning drama based training
ted Learning Theatre of Learning drama based training
ted Learning Theatre of Learning drama based training
ted Learning Theatre of Learning drama based training


We began with one client, one product, 1 trainer (Justin Smith-Essex) and one actor (Clare Samuels):

We expand our team to include the talents of Katherine Mount, Andrew Norris & Jerry Lindop.  Patrick Holtby, now our Director of Product joins as a freelance trainer.  Jane Taylor, now our People Planning Manager, initially joins for one day a week to start with, just to ‘help’ with admin.


New Clients join the family:

Wolters Kluwer Health, Thrive Homes, Lotus Cars, Wolters Kluwer Financial Services.

This is also the year we deliver our first Equality & Diversity workshop using a Theatre Based Learning approach – it goes down extremely well and becomes our best selling stand-alone product.

lotus - ted learning client
Thrive Homes - ted learning client
wolters kluwer health - ted learning client


Joining our client list:

Speedo (with one of our actors using a pair in a scene!), Coinstar, Hanover Housing, Triumph Motorcycles, Skills Funding Agency, Burghley House.  We start delivering large corporate conferences for our Clients and our team continues to grow.  Roxy Hooton now our Group People & Learning Director joins the business initially as a freelance trainer and then part-time Learning Manager.

Speedo - ted Learning client
Hanover House - ted Learning client
Triumph - ted Learning client

ESFA - ted Learning client

Burghley House - ted Learning client


New clients this year:

Steinhoff, Providence Row, Volkswagen UK, Central & Cecil & Arriva Buses London.  Brendan Doyle, now our Managing Director of ted Digital joins the business as a Consultant, building our website and providing digital marketing support and guidance for us.


Joining the ted family of clients are:

Old Mutual Wealth, Accent Housing, Wild Ward, OCS, Page Group, Pandora, Oxford Computer Group & Riverside.



Joining the ted family of clients in this year are:

tifgroup, amadeus, MDDUS,RIFT Group, River Island & Viadex.  Ben Sammon, now our multimedia producer, joins our team helping to produce our videos for our online and digital courses.



New Clients joining the family in 2018:

Optamor, Jagex, Go Out Doors, Essex County Council, Chelmsford City Council, MDS, G-Fresh, Paperchase, Global Aerospace & Steris. Michelle Boardman (now our Digital Account Lead) joins our team part-time to help us develop online learning content.



2019 was the year we welcomed:

Volvo, Ricoh, Anglian Water, Ocado, Terabee, Liberty Living, Ipswich Council, Suffolk County Council, Future Games, Birchbox & Thirdspace.  Mental Well-being becomes a new product focus for us, and we develop a number of online/digital courses for our clients using our expert team in ted Digital and our fantastic actors.  Laurence Davies (having been a freelance part of ted since the beginning) finally joins the team part time as our in-house Creative & Brand Lead.



2020: What a year!

We welcome Ashford Borough Council, Spektrix, Intralan and Whittard as new clients. We move to a new Group home in Kent, launch our new website, and ramp up our plans for digital and blended learning to ensure our products continue to remain relevant and can be consumed in different ways.  ted Learning is now part of the ted Learning Group of companies with an exciting future ahead.  tifgroup become 50% owners of the ted Learning Group.  We also adapt to the challenges of COVID 19 and begin delivering classroom based courses using tools like Zoom & Teams to ensure we Carry On Learning!


ashford council - ted Learning client


2021: Onwards and Upwards.

2020 is a year we will all never forget and the tail end saw business return and ted Learning engage with some fantastic new clients.  We start 2021 welcoming some fantastic new clients to the ted Learning family and look forward to sharing more on these in the coming months ahead.





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