Our founder Alex Taskin likes a challenge. She started Passe-Partout in 1998 after the birth of her second child. Having been the driving force behind the UK’s most successful IIP Centre, Alex was confident that there was a market for an organisational development business which did things differently - more flexible, informal and personal than the “corporate male” approach which seemed to dominate consultancy at the time.
One year later, with more demand than she could service, Alex brought in a partner. Darren O’Conor brought with him a unique expertise in learning design, with a track record of creating around 100 titles in direct delivery, textbook and e-learning formats. The pair combined to deliver Passe-Partout’s first major programme in 2000 - a leadership and culture change programme for P&O Ferries.
The early 2000s saw Passe-Partout firmly established on the UK scene, with some early offers to buy out the business from larger competitors. Perhaps their interest was attracted by our industry and innovation in these early years during which we supported over 300 small businesses to achieve the IIP Standard, and pioneered the Internal Review method, enabling large organisations to take full ownership of the IIP business improvement process. Using an immersive training programme which we had designed a piloted with BUPA Hospitals, Passe-Partout was successful in engaging around 100 of the nation’s biggest employers. British Gas, DWP, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Fujitsu and the Tussauds Group were among the early adopters.
Since that time, we have continued to extend our range and today Passe-Partout is at the forefront in leadership, management and staff development and in providing holistic coaching services to business.