A shared passion

The core ethos of our early roots remains today. This means helping to make a difference, so that little-by-little, those in academia and practice can work together and make a positive difference in the real world. Our independence and family values makes us nimble and fuel our passion – that’s how real impact starts; one idea, one connection and one informed decision at a time. It’s through small steps that real change happens.

While our roots are in publishing, and bringing research to life, we are a group of businesses, all united by a common purpose. Wherever you work and whatever you do, whether in Emerald Publishing, Good Practice, Mind Tools or Towards Maturity, our offices across the world – including our head office in Bingley – are driven by a desire to change the world.

Our story

Our brand has had a rich history - shaped over 50 years of fresh thinking and experimentation. From the early days to today, our pioneering spirit has helped us respond to changing customer needs, and become the leading digital learning business we are today.


Dr Keith Howard, OBE, and a group of academics from University of Bradford, set up as Management Consultants Bradford with a belief in growing management research. By the next year they had acquired their first journal for just £1!


MCB became the official publisher for International Management Centres, an independent business school, adopting the methodology of action learning.


We step into the STM market for the first time, acquiring six engineering journals.


Our first electronic products are launched on CD Rom. The Literati network is also established encouraging peer to peer collaboration amongst Emerald Authors.


We open our first international offices in Japan, followed by Malaysia a year later and China in 2005.


We embrace the digital age, Emerald Insight is launched.


We are rebranded Emerald following the success of our first digital database and online platform. Two years later Keith takes on full control of the business.


We begin publishing books and extend into new areas of social science, after acquiring over 2000 series, handbooks and reference works from Elsevier.


Our international presence has grown with additional offices now open in India, USA, Australia, Brazil & Dubai. Our product portfolio now includes over 68,000 articles from 120 journals and we extend our specialist focus into health and social care with the acquisition of Pier Publications. Keith receives an OBE for services to business, sports and arts.


We continue to expand our service offering, acquiring GoodPractice, a specialist provider of support tools for leaders & specialist managers. This follows the acquisition of Research Media in 2013, helping us provide creative & communication services to the research community.


We celebrate our 50th birthday, having grown into a global knowledge business operating in more than 130 countries worldwide, with over 300 journals, 3,000 books and 1,500 case studies. Towards Maturity join the group, strengthening our research capability in the corporate learning sector.


Richard Bevan becomes Chairman of Emerald Group while Vicky Williams is appointed CEO of Emerald Publishing. Emerald acquire Mind Tools, leading digital learning and performance support company, which reaches millions of learners in more than 180 countries worldwide.

Our group

Our purpose is to unlock the talent and potential of people to make decisions that have a real impact. We equip decision makers, whether in an academic, public or corporate setting, with the evidence and tools to make smart choices, so that incrementally they can make a difference, and contribute towards tackling real world challenges. This reflects our founding philosophy to bring together research and practice. As a family owned business, we are independent in our thinking, nimble and care about the communities we serve and are members of. The Group is led by Richard Bevan, as Chairman and has evolved into a dynamic, digital first business employing some 500 people worldwide.

“We are a vibrant growing business full of talent and proud of the achievements of our people. We value fresh thinking and diversity, encouraging collaborative and agile ways of working. I am excited about what the future holds for the next phase of our growth and the opportunities presented through the progressive alignment of our two operating businesses”

Richard Bevan, Emerald Chairman

“In a changing world, research is fundamental part of informing decision making and empowering change. I'm excited to be at the leading edge, working with talented people who genuinely care about making a difference”

Vicky Williams, Emerald Publishing CEO

Bringing research to life
Emerald Publishing

What we do

Emerald Publishing is one of the world's leading digital first publishers, commissioning, curating and showcasing research that can bring about real change. We work with thousands of universities and business schools across the world, to share knowledge and provoke the kind of debate that leads to positive change.

What sets us apart

We go beyond the realms of traditional publishers and see ourselves as a change agent, championing fresh thinking and bringing together communities, so their research can effect change in the real world. We celebrate curious minds who want to make a difference, from pioneering new ways to share research to creating innovative digital tools to help our customers discover it, we always strive to go that little bit further.

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Experts in learning analysis
Good Practice

What we do

We inspire millions of leaders and managers to overcome challenges, improve their performance and excel. GoodPractice provides online toolkits, custom and off-the-shelf e-learning and the Lean LMS platform for a wide range of different organisations. These can all be used as standalone resources or seamlessly integrated into a blended learning solution. All our products can support a 70:20:10 learning and development strategy.

What sets us apart

Since 2000, we have been creating learning and performance resources for blue-chip organisations across the globe. With our e-learning, online toolkits and the Lean LMS platform, we consistently deliver engaging and inspiring solutions that are proven to work, time and time again.

Our unrivalled content coupled with our innovative technology and commitment to outstanding client service combine to create a truly blended learning experience, helping your people be the best at what they do.

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The GoodPractice team brings together great content creators, instructional designers, technical experts and account managers to deliver results for our clients and their employees. We develop outstanding e‑learning and ensure that our performance support toolkit remains the best source of on‑demand content to help employees get their job done more effectively”

Peter Casebow, Emerald Learning CEO

Helping analyse, activate and accelerate change in world-class learning organisations
Towards Maturity

What we do

Towards Maturity helps L&D leaders and their teams to deliver successful learning strategies. Since 2003 we have generated data and insights from more than 7,500 learning professionals and 50,000 learners across 55 countries and counting. We know what works and what doesn’t. Above all we have the evidence to show that effective learning innovation will directly improve your key business measures:

Growth > Transformation > Productivity > Profitability

What sets us apart

Armed with this unique insight, our expert strategists and analysts can review where you are today and how this compares with your industry peers, identifying your biggest challenges and opportunities and helping you develop a competitive edge. Strengthened by evidence, we unite key stakeholders in support of your plan and equip your teams to break down the most common barriers to embedding a high-performing learning culture.

We passionately believe that evidence-led learning strategies create real business impact. At Towards Maturity, we help our clients do just that.

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Quality Content You Can Trust
Mind Tools

What we do

Mind Tools provides access to 2,400+ resources, including articles, podcasts, videos, infographics, quizzes, book Insights, expert interviews, and more. Our in-house content team update or produce a new resource every working day using academic research, credible sources and expert advice.

What sets us apart

Our mission is to become your favourite place to learn management, leadership and personal excellence skills. We are passionate about helping learners to enjoy happy, successful careers, and contribute positively to the success of their organisations. Our resources are constantly changing - there’s something new every week, serving 24m learners worldwide.

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Get started on your new career with us!

People are our best asset and we are always looking for fresh talent to join the Emerald family.

Be sure to check out our latest opportunities and become part of everything we have to offer.

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