New learning portal offers SMEs free training expertise and top courses at discount prices

A new learning portal, launched today, offers small-medium sized companies free training expertise and discounted prices on thousands of courses from the UK’s top training providers.

Called, the site is run by KnowledgePool, Britain’s biggest buyer of learning and development, which has provided training for over 400,000 people in large companies and government departments over the last five years.

“Small businesses need to be able to provide their staff with best of breed learning and development but many can’t afford to run their own training function,” said Lindsay Grieve, Managing Director of “This new site allows them to have their own training department online. It’s a one-stop-shop where they can get unbiased advice on all aspects of training, at no cost, as well as access to vetted courses from top providers, at a lower price than they could buy directly.” features over 5,800 instructor-led courses, e-learning courses, training videos and webinars, covering management development and business; personal development; customer service; sales and marketing; finance and accounting; law; IT and project management; HR and employment; quality and health & safety as well as specialised sector courses and qualification & certification programmes.

“KnowledgePool has the market knowledge, the technology and the buying power to source training from the top providers,” said Lindsay Grieve. “A dedicated team constantly checks and monitors suppliers to ensure the quality of the training, the instructors, the facilities and the course materials and they’re able to negotiate significant discounts. We’re now opening up that expertise to the SME market.” differs from standard online training brokers as the site includes expert advice, information and free guides, forms and templates covering all aspects of training. Free telephone support is available from experienced learning advisors who can give SMEs unbiased advice on training needs, training methods and course selection.

Users can search the site for subjects and see an overview of each training course, with the benefits, the dates and duration, the locations, the provider and the price. User reviews for all courses will be added. The site provides free reporting and records management to help SMEs keep track of their learning – which is particularly important for compliance and health & safety training – as well as access to ‘last minute’ bargains.

“This is the easiest and most cost effective way to access hand-picked training courses that have been tried and tested by large companies,” said Lindsay Grieve. “We anticipate a significant demand for this service from SMEs who want the bottom line benefits that top training can deliver.”





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