Insight IT Training Limited is a family run business established in 1998 by the Managing Director, and Head of Training, Clare Blake. The business progressed from sole trader, to partnership (with my husband, Darren) and became a limited company in January 2003.
Originally based in Norwich, we moved to Redditch in Worcestershire in 2005 – a move prompted by our desire to provide a better service to our customers.
We work closely with a team of associates who specialise in various software and business skills courses. This gives us the ability to deliver training across a wide variety of programs and business subjects. We have worked with this team of associates for many years and together we have developed very close working relationships with our customers.
Clare Blake - Managing Director
I started working with computers in 1981 (basic programming on the Sinclair ZX81). Since leaving school I have worked in many businesses which all involved using computers in some way.
In 1989 I joined Norwich Union as a temp and was offered a job “playing with computers”. This came about because I wasn’t scared of PC’s (which were very new then) and was happy to try things out.
At Norwich Union I progressed from PC support, through programming and finally into the training team. It was then that I realised that Darren and I could set up a company to deliver training in a new and exciting way. My vision is to help business people understand the programs they use and to help them work with them more efficiently.
Darren Blake - Sales and Marketing Director
I joined the company in January 2000 to expand its customer base and help to grow the business.
After graduating from Silsoe College, which was part of the Cranfield Institute, with a Master of Science in Marketing and Product Management I worked at several companies in the Transport and Distribution sector marketing their range of various services.
Before Clare set up the company, we spent more than a year taking an in depth look at what other training providers were offering. It was very clear that the needs of businesses were not being met. It was very difficult, virtually impossible, for companies to organise the training they wanted, when and where they wanted it. Too often companies experienced inconsistent training standards and felt they were wasting money on public courses where their staff were learning topics that were not relevant to them and would not be used in the workplace.
There was obviously a lack of creativity and innovation which is where Insight IT Training stepped in. We decided to only provide a private training service dedicated to our customers, offering the flexibility, quality and consistency they were looking for, all at a competitive price. We offer an unparalleled level of experience and expertise in these areas.
Since the early years, we have introduced a wider range of software and programming applications as well as Business Skills courses. This has been driven by the needs of our customers.
We have are continually developing new options for our customers and will shortly be announcing some new services which will help our customers even further.
I am hugely enthusiastic and excited about the business and thoroughly enjoy working with my wife, Clare, as Sales and Marketing Director.
Outside of Work
Clare enjoys reading and puzzles (crosswords and Sudoku). Darren enjoys listening to music, rugby and cricket. Together they are very keen on walking, skiing, sailing, gardening, cooking and golf.