Welcome to Coolbear Training

About Us

Our team


With over 25 years’ experience in designing and delivering training and development interventions, you have a wealth of knowledge and skill at your fingertips.   

Yvonne is our lead trainer. She has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors and has trained on a variety of subjects – from assertiveness to managing discipline and grievance; from stress management to team building.   Yvonne was employed as a trainer for a number of years before she set up Coolbear Training in 2001. Since then, she has worked for many organisations, including Suffolk County Council, Babergh District Council, Tendring Voluntary Services, The Cake Shop in Woodbridge, Suffolk and NBI Partnerships in Norwich.   

As well as a qualified trainer, Yvonne is also a qualified hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner and has gained qualifications in first line management and equality and diversity

Yvonne is also part of a network of trainers and so if she cannot help you directly, she may well know someone who can!  

Examples of Training and Development available

Personal development:


Stress Management

Time Management

Licenced personal development programmes (please see next panel)

Management Development:

Recruitment and Selection

Coaching and Mentoring

Developing Others

The Assertive Manager

Discipline and Grievance procedures

Managing Sickness Absence and the Incapability Procedure

Other Topics:

Understanding the Equality Act (in terms of employment law)

Valuing Difference

Introduction to Diversity

Negotiating Skills

Team Building

If you cannot see here what you need, please contact us - we will do our best to help you directly, or to put you in touch with an organisation that will be able to meet your needs.

Licenced Personal Development Programmes

You can access our internationally recognised development programmes on site or at a venue to suit you.  These programmes could help your staff to unlock their potential by: 

  • Increasing their self-confidence in their ability to achieve both inside and outside the workplace
  • Helping them to recognise and build on their strengths, as well as developing their weaker areas
  • Identifying what is really important to them right now and recognising how their values can motivate them in work
  • Developing strategies for achieving their goals

The three specific programmes that we can offer you, licenced via The Springboard Consultancy, are:

  • Springboard - a personal development programme for women*
  • Fresh Steps - a personal development programme for those who are mid-career and older (men and women)*
  • Boost - a personal development programme for people who are new to work (men and women)*

Please click on the following link to read about The Springboard Consultancy and their programmes:


* Transgender, intersex and agender or gender fluid people would be encouraged to apply for the most appropriate programme that they have identified for themselves


Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We're happy to come to you or meet somewhere mutually convenient to discuss your needs

Available to deliver training and development for you on:

Monday - Friday:  Hours that suit you

Saturday:  9am - 5pm, with some flexibility

Sunday:  Closed