Tree of Knowledge turns ten and expands south of the border

From left - Alan Burton, Gavin Oattes and Dougie Clark
From left – Alan Burton, Gavin Oattes and Dougie Clark

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Education and corporate training provider, Tree of Knowledge (TOK), is celebrating its 10th anniversary by expanding south of the border in Manchester, creating four news jobs and launching a unique ‘Fun at Work’ UK tour.

Managing Director Gavin Oattes, a former primary school teacher, comedian and now international motivational speaker and author, led a company buy-out in 2009 with directors Alan Burton and Dougie Clark and since then staff numbers have grown from 3 to 23, clients from 20 to 750 and its premises in Dunfermline has doubled in size.

The company, which boasting an impressive portfolio of clients including Nike and Diageo, specialises in developing educational, enlightening and entertaining workshops and courses for schools and businesses across all sectors and sizes to help engage and motivate people, delivered by a team of expert trainers who combine their education and psychology skills with comedy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Gayle Shepherd, Director of People and Technology, SEC (Scottish Event Campus) said: “Tree of Knowledge were absolutely the best fit to develop our team in line with our mission ‘to be the BEST’.  From the moment I met them I knew they were unique in their approach to leadership and team development.

“They were different and immediately got us! We love having them around the SEC, their impact has gone beyond our expectations, which is why they’ll be with us for many years to come.”

The ‘Fun at Work’ UK tour, which begins on the 9th May in Edinburgh, then Manchester, Aberdeen and London, is a taster session for businesses to encourage them to create a happier, fun and more productive working environment using positive psychology, exploring themes including creativity, mindset, wellbeing and play.

Gavin said: “This is a really exciting year for us as we celebrate our 10th anniversary by taking the business to the next level with an expansion south of the border, bringing in more staff and launching our ‘Fun at Work’ UK tour.

“Thanks to the incredible team we have on board, we’ve been able to grow year-on-year and make a huge difference to the way people think in their day-to-day life, especially when it comes to personal learning and development in schools and the workplace.”

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