Quality is our benchmark. Quality is our promise.

In everything we do, we bring you quality.

Quality in:

  • The partners we source our courses from.
  • The talented trainers running our courses.
  • The training venues we use.
  • The materials and learning aids used.
  • The service we offer you.

Our Partners


The McQuaig Institute, developer of the McQuaig Psychometric System

The McQuaig Institute has worked with thousands of companies worldwide. They use McQuaig assessments for hiring, coaching, leadership development, succession planning and team building. The Holst Group has been a partner with The McQuaig Institute since 1984.


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de Bono Thinking Systems, publisher of Dr. Edward de Bono’s courses

de Bono Thinking Systems (previously known as AAPT) is the publisher of some of the best international courses in the area of thinking and creativity. Flagship courses include Six Thinking Hats ® and Power of Perception™. The Holst Group has enjoyed a relationship with de Bono Thinking Systems for over 20 years, and was the first European partner of Dr. Edward de Bono.


Chalmers-International-LogoChalmers International, developer of Dynamic Speaking ®, The Polished Presenter, Engage Your Reader and Facilitation Basics.

Chalmers International has worked in global learning and development for over 20 years. Chalmers International is owned by Rebecca Chalmers, Master Trainer for dBTS, McQuaig Institute, Waterfield Consulting, and Executive Director of The Holst Group. Chalmers International brings us courses in the fields of creativity, facilitation skills, and business communications skills.


Waterfield LogoWaterfield, owners of RapidConsensus™

Waterfield is an Australian based company specialising in strategy and facilitation. RapidConsensus™ is a Waterfield course which teaches facilitators how to reach consensus and mine the collective intelligence of a group in just 1 day. We first met Waterfield in 2005 and have been big fans ever since.


Accounting Comes Alive LogoAccounting Comes Alive, owners of Colour Accounting™

This team is comprised of self-professed financial literacy advocates who spend their time making accounting concepts easy to understand. Colour Accounting ™ is their finance for non-finance people course. In just 1 day you’ll see how all the key aspects of financial reporting fit together.

Our Trainers

Our trainers are knowledgeable, accountable, and care about the learner. The relevant publisher or course developer certifies all our trainers through their Master Trainer networks. We focus on consistency of delivery so our clients can have confidence that the course content is how the developer intended it to be, no matter who is presenting their courses.

We only work with trainers who score an average of 85% or higher for their delivery as our minimum requirement. All of our trainers regularly score 90%, and often higher.

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The training venues we use

We only run our public courses through purpose-built venues. Our selection criteria include natural light in rooms, readily available coffee points, good lunch selection, and comfortable facilities.

Venues include: Henley Management College, etc. Venues, Ettington Chase Hotel, Cranage Hall in Crewe.


The materials and learning aids we use

All our courses come with official learning aids and workbooks for each participant.

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The service our office provides

Our team prides themselves on great service. Each member is highly trained and specialises in aspects of client services. We always welcome feedback, and if you have any suggestions please let us know by emailing us at info@holstgroup.co.uk. Meet our team.


Copyright and Trademark information

All McQuaig trademarks are copyright 2016 The McQuaig Institute of Executive Development.
All de Bono trademarks are copyright 2016 de Bono Global.
‘Engage Your Reader’, ‘The Polished Presenter’, ‘Dynamic Speaking’, ‘Facilitation Basics’, and ‘Creative Teams’ are registered and unregistered trademarks of Chalmers International Pty Ltd.
‘Accounting Comes Alive’, ‘Colour Accounting’, and ‘BaSIS Framework’ are registered and unregistered trademarks of Color Accounting International and associates.
‘Rapid Consensus’ is copyright 2016 Waterfield Consulting PTY LTD.