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The Pitchmark Group

Posted on: September 11th, 2023 by Nadeem Shaikh No Comments

“Nadeem is an exceptionally skilled and experienced trainer with an intimate understanding of The Pitchmark Group. With his extensive knowledge and expertise, Nadeem proves to be an invaluable asset in providing high-quality training. His years of experience in the field make him a proficient guide, ensuring our team receives the best possible training to excel in their roles and contribute to the growth of our organisation. We are confident that Nadeem’s training session will be transformative, empowering our staff with the skills and knowledge needed to achieve remarkable success”

Katie Yarwood
HR Officer, The Pitchmark Group


“Thank you very much for taking the time to put together such a successful day’s training. I appreciate that it was an intensive day with a lot of content to cover, but many of the team said that they felt the day flew by and that you were engaging. I heard much laughter so it sounded like you were all having fun with it”

Sandie Nickols
Sales Operations & Customer Support Manager, The Pitchmark Group


“Thank you so much for hosting probably the most engaging and interesting training session I have ever been involved in!”

Georgina Fowler
Customer Service Team, The Pitchmark Group

Intelligent Health

Posted on: January 17th, 2023 by Nadeem Shaikh No Comments

“Having worked with Nadeem and his team for a few years, I would not hesitate to recommend the training provided by SMART Way Forward. Nadeem’s lived experience approach to equality, diversity and inclusion really brings the workshop to life and his friendly approach to building empathy and understanding is second to none”

Emily Carter MCIPR
Policy Lead, Intelligent Health

Tim Rodman

Posted on: September 8th, 2021 by Nadeem Shaikh No Comments

“As a Queen’s Award-winning family business, we were confident that we were executing our business framework but most importantly that our colleagues were happy and proud to work at The Pitchmark Group. Our initial objective was to maintain this success whilst finding marginal gains across The Group, which is why I reached out to Nadeem at SMART Way Forward. Our immediate priority was to upskill existing members of the team to ensure we were continuing to maximise opportunity and operate at optimum levels of efficiency. The training and ongoing support we receive has been fantastic; Nadeem really is an extension to our ‘family’ and his passion, enthusiasm and belief in our vision definitely underpins our performance.”

Tim Rodman
Managing Director, The Pitchmark Group

MH Goals_Mark Harrod

Posted on: August 4th, 2021 by Nadeem Shaikh No Comments

“Great work by Nadeem, helping MH Goals get ready for their ISO9001 audit. What we have achieved in such a short period of time is down to the meticulous planning and commitment from Nadeem. I would recommend him to any company who needs help with their HR systems and leadership training”

Mark Harrod
Owner/Managing Director, MH Goals

2021 marks the 10 year anniversary of SMART Way Forward!

Posted on: April 17th, 2021 by Nadeem Shaikh No Comments


Our MD Nadeem Shaikh started SMART Way Forward back in April 2011. A decade on and we are now celebrating our 10 year anniversary!

A fantastic milestone which we are all so incredibly proud of. However, this would not have been possible without the love, support and encouragement from our wonderful families, friends and work colleagues. Thank you for believing in us and for helping us to achieve this dream.

Despite recessions, Brexit and a global Covid-19 pandemic, we have never lost our enthusiasm. We love what we do and show the same energy, passion and focus as we always have from day one – just with higher experience, knowledge and skills, plus many more bad jokes to share!

In 10 years, we have successfully worked with many amazing people and companies, locally, nationally and internationally delivering online and onsite training. These have included businesses, organisations, sports clubs, health/leisure centres, NGBs, active partnerships, schools, colleges and universities. In addition, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers, professional sports men/women, senior management, sales and customer service teams. The testimonials page on our website is just a small reminder of how much training and development we have delivered and how much fun we have had along the way. 

THANK YOU for choosing SMART Way Forward. Our values will always remain the same; Honesty, Respect, Openness, Integrity, Professionalism, Development & Fun. Here’s to another 10 Years!


Goalball UK

Posted on: April 17th, 2021 by Nadeem Shaikh No Comments

“I just wanted to thank you personally for the training. It was delivered with enthusiasm, warmth, significant knowledge and your style encouraged open high quality discussions. Many thanks for your kind words towards our team”

Mark Winder

Secretary General/Chief Executive Officer, Goalball UK

Jen Basford

Posted on: April 17th, 2021 by Nadeem Shaikh No Comments

“Thank you for the training this morning. It has given me plenty to think about and go away and implement”

Jen Basford

Head of Delivery, Cerebral Palsy Sport

Marilyn Okoro

Posted on: April 16th, 2021 by Nadeem Shaikh No Comments

“Thank you so much for a brilliant insightful leadership training session. You literally opened my eyes up to so much in just the first hour of training!”

Marilyn Okoro, Olympic medallist, Beijing Olympic Games 2008

CC Grass

Posted on: July 19th, 2019 by Nadeem Shaikh No Comments

“Whenever CC Grass bring in new staff it is always important that the correct training is provided. The same applies to seasoned staff, who benefit from focused education, to complement their existing skills. My ‘go to’ is SMART Way forward. Their knowledge, empathy and focused training has produced excellent results, and is also enjoyable for those being trained.”

Bryn Lee
CEO, CC Grass European Office

Stevenage Football Club

Posted on: June 27th, 2019 by Nadeem Shaikh No Comments

“Thank you for delivering yesterday’s innovative and engaging SMART CPD training session, which has been very well received by all the staff ahead of the new season.”

Alex Tunbridge
CEO, Stevenage Football Club

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