WHO is Helen Thomson?
All training is devised, written and delivered by Helen Thomson, a multi award winning business entrepreneur in her own right.
Helen shares over thirty years experience in business, as both the MD at the sharp end and has unusually 'walked the walk' simultaneously as an award winning in house trainer
This is the relatively 'factual' information page but if you are interested in a narrative 'story' please click here. Warning: I do find my fingers run away with me (as it were!)
I have knowledge of a range of concepts, systems, tools and knowledge bourne from experience and can call upon them with objectivity and creativity to help businesses become or remain the respected leaders in their field.
I launched my in-house, tailored training company 30 years ago after gaining top marks in the Institute of Employment Consultants Recruitment Practice Examination.
Over that time I have won numerous business and personal achievement awards including Hertfordshire Businesswoman of the Year in 1991
I was on the very first team of Investors In People Assessors in 1992, and so can draw on many years of diverse experience including corporate consultancy, KPI analysis, induction, review and evaluation systems, devised and embedded mainly for SME's
I have established an enviable reputation for personally crafting and delivering creative and highly effective training solutions
They span a varied range of change and development requirements with robust experience distilled over the years
My work also delivers a clear return on investment and value for money.
I've been told I am something of an enigma, and have attracted attention from academia. Dr Linda Wilks at the Open University requested to study my leadership of a major project for a year to conduct an indepth study on the 'secret of mysuccess' in two key areas surrounding an ambitious community interest company (CIC) I set up in 2013. The resulting papers were published in academic journals and have been presented at lectures at Universities, both for Brand Management and Social Media Marketing as well as Leadership, whereupon an exciting new model was conceived around the vital concepts of Inspiring, Caring & Sharing and Delivery. More about this here.
It's fair to say that marketing, branding, PR and the associated business growth are the key areas where I can help businesses achieve results quickly.
Over the last two years (since 2020) I have been a mentor on various schemes run/funded by the Herts Growth Hub, University of Hertfordshire and the Herts Local Enterprise Partnership. I am in a strong position to share the knowledge and help you develop the tools to help your company achieve the results it is dreaming of! If you think there might be a fit between my skills and your goals, I would love to hear from you!
With Sir John Harvey Jones, 1992
Sir John Harvey Jones, 1999
Lovely to know you are still firing on all cylinders, hope our paths cross again in the not too distant future
Awards and Nominations
1989 - Institute of Employment Consultants Highest marks in Recuitment Practice exam
1990 - Businesswoman of the Year from the Hertfordshire Business Awards
1991 - Innovation Award Commendation from the Hertfordshire Business Awards
1992 - Business Personality of the Year Commendation for Herts Bus Awards
1992 - Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award from British Junior Chamber
1997 - Business Person of the Year (Runner up) in North Herts Business Awards
2002 - Against the Odds Certificate of Merit North Herts Business Awards
2002 - Business Personality of the Year Certificate of Merit (NH Bus Awards)
2013 - Best New Festival finalist in UK Festival Awards
2013 - Business Personality of the Year Finalist in Archant Herts Business Awards
2013 - Business in the Community Finalist in Archant Herts Business Awards
2014 - Outstanding Contribution Finalist for Creative Hertfordshire Flame Awards.
In the beginning...
Gaining top marks in the first Professional Recuitment Skills examination in 1988, directly led Helen onto an unexpected path, as she was invited to share her knowledge all over the UK and into Europe. Just 22 at the time, Helen launched Thomson Training in 1989 and with a well thought through marketing plan and a clear idea of where she could help companies most, she was personally billing over £100,000 after 18 months.
With a classic Generation X 'one woman band' mentality, Helen chose to do all the marketing as well as delivery herself and this attracted attention in the form of awards and Helen enjoyed contacting publications to write columns and advice pieces. This is a route to marketing which she has maintained throughout her 30 years in business and has brought with it many public speaking opportunities as well as being involved in important national projects from inception, such as Investors in People and NVQ's.
Keen to see the recuitment industry, which is where she had started this journey, demonstrate provable professionalism, she was instrumental in creating an NVQ lead committee after contacting Michael Howard personally.
She had met Michael when he awarded her Hertfordshire Businesswoman of the Year on behalf of the TEC in 1990.
Setting up and getting involved in new projects in both the commercial and charity sectors have kept Helen relevant and entralled and she is now excited to be able to combine all her experiences and share her knowledge to increase passion, performance, productivity and profits in your company.
If you would like to talk to Helen to see if she might
be able to help your business, please get in touch.
She also contacted and spent many hours in the company of 'Trouble shooter' Sir John Harvey Jones, whom she admired immensely, one time being allowed to gently interview him which makes for very interesting reading!