IDG acquire Forton Group to create a unique-end-to-end development experience

March 6, 2023

Matthew Moore

Marketing Manager
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We are very pleased to announce today that IDG has acquired The Forton Group, a renowned, accredited coaching company. This will enable us to offer 1-2-1 and team coaching, as well as accredited coaching courses. It creates a unique opportunity for our clients to benefit from an integrated coaching and development model, utilising the combined experience and knowledge of both companies. Read the full press release below for more details.

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LEADERSHIP SPECIALISTS IDG ACQUIRE COACHING EXPERTS FORTON GROUP TO CREATE A UNIQUE END-TO-END DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

ASCOT, UK. 6th March 2023

As part of their ongoing commitment to providing contemporary, innovative development for leaders, the Inspirational Development Group (IDG) today announced the acquisition of the Forton Group, a specialist ICF-accredited coaching company.

DDI’s recent Global Leadership Forecast[1] identified that leaders are twice as likely to value external coaching as they are internal. This acquisition expands IDG’s ability to serve clients looking to gain competitive advantage by improving performance in their organisation. It creates a unique synergy between IDG’s world-class leadership development programmes and the power and possibilities of team and individual coaching provided by the Forton Group.

IDG’s award-winning programmes have been changing the lives of participants for over 20 years, giving them the tools to transform their teams and organizations. Adding expert coaching to its portfolio is an important step that creates a unique full spectrum service.

Peter Turpie, IDG’s CEO, commented:

“As Leadership specialist, IDG is always looking to meet the evolving needs of our clients. Leaders crave the human experience of learning with research identifying face-to-face, interactive training and professional coaching as their two most valued learning experiences; the acquisition of Forton Group enables IDG to offer an integrated and optimised solution to our clients that meets both these priorities.”

The Forton Group was founded in 1992 and developed the ‘Leadership Coaching Model’ – the first leadership coaching approach to be accredited by the International Coaching federation (ICF). Their clients – including the United Nations, and the National Health Service – will benefit from IDG’s expertise in developing leaders and leadership across organisations.

Helen Caton Hughes, founder and Managing Director of the Forton Group commented:

“We’re delighted to integrate the Forton approach to developing people through coaching with a wider resource of effective leadership development programmes from the IDG team. The argument for 1-1, group and team coaching in an increasingly volatile world has never been more powerful and the evidence of its success in supporting leaders and driving engagement is clear. We look forward to enhancing our promise of abundant, inclusive, leadership that unlocks the potential of every member of the team.”

As a result of the acquisition, the Forton Group will now become Forton Coaching.

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[1] – DDI Global Leadership Forecast 2023 – https://www.ddiworld.com/glfsurvey

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Editor’s notes:

About the Inspirational Development Group:

For over 20 years, companies have been turning to IDG to help transform their organisation by developing leadership capabilities in their people.

We work with schools, businesses, governments and NGOs to inspire good people to become great leaders and managers. We inspire our participants to drive positive, profitable change that is fully aligned to the values and goals of the organisation.

Our end-to-end, client-focused methodology (Team Science) enables us to map our clients’ current state, diagnose ideal outcomes, and create solutions that are effective, measurable and sustainable.

IDG website

About the Forton Group:

Working for a world of more abundant leadership, through mutual prosperity – for people and planet. The Forton Group work with organisations that want to shift their culture and see the value of developing their technical and professional people transiting into management and leadership.

Our approaches are pragmatic and evidence-based. We are transparent in sharing our methods. We focus on what works to deliver effective leadership.

Forton Coaching website

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