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The Future

At Quest Professional, we are very excited about our future, and yours. We want you to imagine where you could be hours, days, or years from now, and we want to play a part in your success in getting there.

Quest Professional, as a business training organisation, is committed to remaining current and continues to develop highly sought-after individuals. However, our heritage is still important. By gaining an insight into our history, you will understand the pattern of success that we are keen to maintain and build upon.


“In June 2007, the three colleges merged, forming Quest Business Training, known today as Quest Professional. With Professional Training, personal development, recruitment experts and a supportive alumni network, we believe that we can play a crucial part in your future success”


The Past

Quest Professional has developed from the successful merger of three highly regarded Colleges – Queen's, St James's and Lucie Clayton. Each College has its own distinguished history dating back to the 1900s. It all began in 1912 when St James's came into being. Founded by Monica Spencer-Munt, a private secretary to Lord Churchill, it was named after the palace where her career began. Monica pioneered a course which was to become the blueprint for one of the most successful secretarial courses in the country. The 1980s and 1990s however, saw the introduction of professional qualifications in management and marketing, as St James's began to align itself with modern day business needs.

In 1924, Queen's was founded. It aimed to meet the needs of young women, excited by the opportunity of a career. Demand for a Queen's training course soared between the Wars, when it became fashionable and acceptable for young ladies to train in secretarial skills, presentation and decorum.

In 1928, Sylvia Golledge founded the Lucie Clayton Charm Academy. Having spent time in Paris, Sylvia had observed how poise and grace gave a social advantage to young women. The early timetable was based around developing such skills, before broadening and offering shorthand, typing and flower arranging. By the 1990s, flower arranging had been replaced by advertising, finance, human resources and, of course, IT.

In June 2007, the three colleges merged, forming Quest Business Training, known today as Quest Professional. With Professional Training, personal development, recruitment experts and a supportive alumni network, we believe that we can play a crucial part in your future success.

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