Jonathan Davies

The Training Room

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Jonathan has made the classic entrepreneurial ’journey’. At 29, he saw a gap in the market and confidently backed his business ambition with his own cash and lots of hard work. He created The Training Room, a leading UK career providing company with a growing £11 million turnover and received a £20m investment in 2013 by private equity house LDC to accelerate company growth. 

Jonathan’s entrepreneurial masterstroke was the provision of ’industry-ready’ professionals to new and emerging markets – initially, personal trainers for gyms and leisure complexes. The company now also trains beauty therapists and has also launched career courses for the catering and hospitality sector. 

Jonathan began the company with his partner in 2006 from the archetypal ’spare room in their home.’ In 2006, they had two full-time employees,in their first year they trained 200 people, now they train 10,000+ per year. Now, this careers provider has 28 city-based UK academies and an expanding full-time staff base exceeding 150.

Jonathan successfully exited his company in 2017 and will be sharing his knowledge of successfully starting, growing and exiting a multi-million pound business in October.