Holborn Training / Pitman Training

Something Old, Something New.

Pitman Training

About Us

Two great names in 4 great places!

We’re delighted to be a leading franchise partner of Pitman Training. Here’s how our history has intertwined with theirs.

1837 - Isaac Pitman perfects his now world-famous shorthand system.


1839 - Pitman’s first Phonetic Institute is opened in Nelson Place, Bath.


1870 - The number of Phonetic Institutes continues to grow providing schools where students qualify as ‘shorthand writers to professional and commercial men’


1889 - Pitman’s Metropolitan School opens in Southampton Row, London, accommodating 1,500 students and 800 staff.


1894 - Sir Isaac Pitman is knighted by Queen Victoria on 18 July.


1903 - Winston Churchill MP describes Pitman as: “Without equal in the whole world, equipped as it is with every improvement, which thought and science can suggest, for the training of students in commercial life”.


1912 - Pitman now training 10,000 students a year.


1914 - With the advent of World War 1, women are recruited to fill much needed vacancies on the home front. Pitman opens extra branches to cope with the demand. Typing and bookkeeping skills are especially popular.


1939 - War breaks out again and once more women learn new skills from Pitman to take over the jobs of the men who are fighting.


1955 - Pitman Training becomes the largest training network in the UK.


1992 - Franchise operation established with the opening of four new Pitman Training Centres. Full British Franchise Association (BFA) membership awarded.


1994 - The first Irish Pitman Training Centre opens in Dublin, and Pitman Training achieves 50 centres.


1998 – Hotlines Call Centre Group (now Holborn Training) is launched.


2001 - Pitman Training Group awarded the Highly Commended prize in the BFA, Franchisor of the Year Awards.


2003 - Pitman Training Centre Kuwait opens and Pitman Training is still the largest independent training network in the UK.


2004 - Holborn Training buys flagship Pitman Training centre in London’s Holborn.


2005 - Holborn Training opens Pitman Training Notting Hill.


2006 - Pitman Training Centre London Holborn wins 2nd place in the prestigious British Computer Society Learning Centre of the Year Award. Holborn Training buys Pitman Training London Paddington.


2007 - Pitman Training Holborn short-listed for the BFA Franchise partner of the Year awards. Holborn Training opens Pitman Training Notting Hill.


2008 - Pitman Training tops the 100 mark for centres worldwide – see our Time Traveller video.


2010 - Holborn Training buys Pitman Training Manchester.


2011 - Pitman Training launches new Business English course in association with Cambridge University.


2012 - Pitman Training celebrates its 175th anniversary from the introduction of the shorthand system.


2013 – Holborn Training buys Pitman Training Croydon.


Why Not Get In Touch?

We love talking to people about what we do.

Why not get in touch so we can organise for you to visit us?
Just give us a call:

London Notting Hill – 020 7792 5214

London Holborn – 020 7025 4700

Croydon – 020 8688 0378

Or contact us. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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