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A history of Eg (Training) Ltd


Helen Woodrow moves from working as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS to working as an independent Speech and Language Therapist. She starts working as a sole trader, but with a huge amount of support from her husband Paul, under the trading name of Eg Training. The name "Eg" is chosen because we like the idea of providing a "good example". "E" and "G" also happen to be Helen and Paul's middle initials. Helen starts to develop a service that offers bespoke training services, Speech and Language Therapy and specialist event management for conferences and open days for people with learning disabilities and those associated with Speech and Language Therapy.


Helen's company is going well and becomes Eg (Training) Ltd, incorporating in August 2003.


Following a successful student placement with Eg (Training) Ltd, Amy becomes our first full time employed newly qualified Speech and Language Therapist. She is quickly followed by a second Speech and Language Therapist, Rachael.


We move into offices at the Sir John Moore Foundation, Appleby Magna, taking on one ground floor room to be used for office, storage and therapy space.


More space is needed! We move into a second, larger office, continuing to use the first office as a therapy room.


Having become very interested in TalkTools as a speech and language therapy approach, we work with TalkTools in the USA and begin to supply their equipment in the UK and the rest of Europe. Paul moves from his job as a service manager in the IT industry and joins us to build up this new part of the business and take on the day to day running. Sam and Claire join Paul in the admin team and Charlotte joins Amy, Rachael and Helen in the Therapy team. Our therapists continue to develop a variety of specialist skills, including undertaking TalkTools training. We begin to run TalkTools training courses in the UK, to enable other therapists to learn about this approach. A third office is needed to house our growing team.


Rachael leaves to setup a new life providing Speech and Language Therapy in Africa. Ceri, Katy and Leanne join in quick succession to replace Rachael and to take up an expanding case load. Our therapists are busy developing their skills, with Amy and Helen achieving level 3 TalkTools accreditation.


Helen continues with TalkTools training and is the first Speech and Language Therapist in Europe to achieve level 4 accreditation. As well as providing highly specialist TalkTools services in the UK, she starts to work with clients in France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Amy and Helen's highly specialist skills enables us to provide advice and support for clients looking to undertake TalkTools training and buy TalkTools equipment.


Sam leaves and Lauren and Emma join our admin team to help support the day to day running of the business, as well as administration for training courses and equipment sales. Bianca and Claudia join the therapy team as we continue to expand the specialist therapy services that we provide.


The Eg (Training) Ltd team move into a fourth office at the Sir John Moore Foundation. This gives us enough space for a therapy room, a therapist's office, an admin office and a stock and packing room. We welcome Katy back from maternity leave.


We welcome Bronwyn, Nicola, Becky, Rebecca and Jane to the team. We say au revoir and good luck to Katy and Claudia who both go on maternity leave. We move in to offices within Disabled Living's Rebank House.


In Feb and then in April we welcomed back Claudia and Katy from maternity leave and au-revior to Leanne in April who went on maternity leave. Sadly we said goodbye to Charlotte in Feb and Claudia in July, and Rebecca and Bronwyn in September. We welcomed Imogen and Yael to the team.


We moved into our new offices in Jubilee Park in February. A stressful thing to do but helped by wonderful staff it was fairly seamless. Unfortunatly we said goodbye to Emma in January. In August Ceri one of our longest serving members of staff retired to spend more time with her hobbies. She will be greatly missed.


We welcomed Charlotte and Cara to the team.



The covid-19 pandemic affected everyone, but we kept going as best we could and learned how to provide therapy via Teleconferencing