Engaging, Inspiring and Motivating Young People


Ben and Michael are the driving force behind ‘The Inspirational Learning Group’. Between them, they have over 15 years’ experience running educational enterprise programmes across the UK.

The Stoke-born cousins are proof that no matter where you come from, or what your background, you can achieve and make your place in the world.

Ben and Michael banish the myth that people from working class backgrounds – often from deprived areas – are not allowed to dream, to aspire and to succeed. They did dare to dream, they worked hard and they now enjoy the respect and admiration of their peers. They are motivated to share their story and encourage students to do the same; to learn business skills in an engaging way and to be prepared for the world of work.

In the Summer of 2012, Ben and Michael sat in a coffee shop in Staffordshire University. Sitting opposite them were two well-dressed professionals talking about how young people didn’t have the skills needed for the world of work. Ben recalls, “Michael and I agreed that instead of moaning about the problems, someone should do something about it.  From this conversation, the idea for the The National Enterprise Challenge was born and has been running since the following year (2013).

The launch of TILG provided an opportunity to develop a whole range of additional challenges and programmes to help young people to make informed decisions about their futures and to provide them with the skills required to begin their journey to career success. 

TILG is committed to playing its part in providing meaningful engagement with employers and continues to expand its range of challenges in response to the changing needs of employers, schools and young people. 

Anything is Possible

What started as a coffee shop conversation grew over time into the UK’s largest enterprise challenge. The Team have now worked with over 300,000 students across the country and in 2019 the National Finals were held at the magnificent Wembley Stadium; proof that no matter what your background – anything is possible. 

This philosophy is evident in all the work that we do with young people.




Above all else we believe in

  • Delivering on what we promise
  • Inclusivity; We believe in opportunities for all, regardless of academic ability or background.
  • Pioneering enterprise education and being ambassadors to drive this agenda forward
  • Constantly building our knowledge and credibility to become experts in our field
  • Developing our people; if we are motivated, we motivate others
  • To find and work with like-minded organisations