For the 8th consecutive year, Impact has been named a Training Industry Top 20 Leadership Training Company.
Creative Change Agency
Being a Creative Change Agency has taken us into new markets, creating organisation-wide change with our clients and developing a wider range of creative solutions.
A sell out festival
With an impressive line-up of headline acts, practical workshops to build and apply skills, and a stack of exciting fringe activities…in only its fourth year, Learnfest sold out!
Sustainable Development Goals
Our commitment to the SDG’s and CSR activities - embedding them into our programmes and embracing them internally - was recognised in 2015 with a Gold Standard from EcoVadis.
Impact San Francisco and Miami open
A festival of learning
After sixteen conferences we broke the mould… Learnfest combines professional and personal development into an action-packed 3 day festival of inspiration, collaboration and adventure!
Partnering with Cumbria University, we created the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, a global hub enabling the transition to more fair and sustainable societies.
Impact Hong Kong & Boulder open
Beyond social responsibility
Impact Beyond, our social enterprise, was initiated to support schools, charities and social enterprises to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of organisations in need.
Impact Singapore opens
UN Global Compact
Highlighting our dedication to shaping a sustainable future, Impact became the smallest signatory of the UN global compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative.
Impact’s 25th birthday saw a series of European Challenge Events, including guiding groups up mountains, through canyons, skiing and climbing, experiencing adventures throughout Europe.
Giving something back
In our 25th year, Impact dedicated 25% of profits to a huge HIV project in Zambia, with manpower from every global office. Our entire Asia team also rallied in Phuket for a post-tsunami project.
Impact London, Milan & Shanghai open
Driving Change in Africa
Impact established a relief and development group to support relief efforts around the world. This has now grown into a separate sister organisation, Wasafiri.
First Sunday Times Award
2004 saw the first of ten consecutive ‘Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For’ awards. Now our cabinet is packed full of trophies for the work we do internally and with clients.
The American Dream
In response to client demand for Impact’s unique approach, our first Impact Americas office opened in New York in 2001. We now have four offices spanning North America.
Impact Rome, Sydney, Auckland, Warsaw and Dublin open
Impact’s first flagship event
We launched the first of 16 annual conferences at our Lake District HQ – bringing together inspirational guest speakers with leaders, HR and L&D professionals to discuss emerging trends and topics.
Passionate about supporting a diverse range of democratically selected charitable causes, our team has raised £40,000+ for 200+ charities since Impact Aid began in 1996.
Impact UK has run an action-packed residential holiday for disadvantaged children since 1994. This is now being replicated around the world, giving a confidence boost to those who need it.
Impact Bangkok opens
Providing development on location
Due to the success of the first forays into mainland Europe, Impact now seamlessly deliver programmes to suit clients' needs worldwide in 40 countries and 21 languages.
Impact goes international
Opening an office in Tokyo led to 17 offices worldwide. Combining our unique approach with multicultural leadership best practice helped us to become a global industry frontrunner.
Learning from mistakes
The ‘Silver Screw’ award is a celebration of the most conspicuous mistake of the year. First awarded for breaking a boat propeller, it helps us to learn from, and laugh at, our mistakes.
On the property ladder
Using all of our savings and more, we purchased Cragwood Country House. This base on the shores of Windermere is an inspirational place for outdoor activities and personal reflection.
Pioneering Community Action Learning
Impact began to partner clients with community organisations, providing responsible learning experiences that stick. We inspire participants, simultaneously supporting not-for-profits.
Having proven our behavioural change credentials with outstanding feedback from national UK organisations, we began customising senior leadership programmes.
In the beginning
Around a kitchen table in the English Lake District, David Williams and two friends used their passion for inspiring and developing people using experiential learning to create Impact.
We started Impact in 1980 with nothing but an idea and a passion for developing people. We had a dream of delivering experiential learning that was inspirational, motivating and memorable.