Whoever you are and wherever you are, Belbin works for you.
Belbin was founded as a company in 1987, and we've been growing throughout the UK and worldwide ever since. Based in Cambridge, UK, we're a small team with a broad global reach.
Our mission is to bring the language of Belbin Team Roles to individuals, teams and organisations worldwide. We want to help people discover their strengths, and work more effectively together to build high-performing teams.
Belbin reports, training and exercises are all based on the Team Role theory developed by Dr Meredith Belbin in the 1970s. Studied on management courses around the world, and used every day in tens of thousands of organisations, Belbin Team Roles have become the gold-standard method for identifying behavioural contributions in the workplace.
Belbin was founded by Dr Meredith Belbin, his wife, Eunice, and their son, Nigel.
We believe that everyone can make a valuable contribution at work, so long as they are able to identify and use their strengths in a team setting. We help teams and organisations globally to make the most of their talent, through the Belbin reports, teambuilding activities, bespoke workshops, recruitment and much more.
Our transition to an Employee Ownership Trust
Founding partners, Meredith and Nigel Belbin, are pleased to announce that, as of 1st October 2022, Belbin Associates has transitioned to become Belbin Ltd, an Employee Ownership Trust, for the benefit of current and future employees.
Since the company was established in 1987, Cambridge-based Belbin has grown from its strong foundations in industrial research, and the Team Role methodology has come to be known as the gold standard for identifying useful behaviours in the workplace.
Under the careful stewardship of Nigel Belbin, the Belbin message has spread across the globe. Belbin now operates in over 100 countries, has been translated into 25 languages and has more than 35 distributors worldwide. We reach hundreds of thousands of customers each year, in the form of the Belbin reports, accreditation, workshops and training exercises.
We are pleased to take the opportunity to renew our commitment to customers and to restate our mission: to help teams and organisations worldwide to recognise – and capitalise upon – their strengths, and to work more effectively together.
How it all began
Following his groundbreaking research into team effectiveness in the 1970s, Dr Meredith Belbin began introducing Team Role theory in live team settings all over the UK. He was invited to produce detailed Team Role reports for the likes of Cadbury Schweppes and ICI to aid their recruitment processes. Soon, demand so far outstripped supply that Meredith and Nigel Belbin investigated how to distil Meredith's advice and insights into automated reports.
The first version of the Belbin software, Interplace was released in 1987, so called because it was designed to assist with interview and placement. This year, we are celebrating the launch of the 8th version of our reports, now delivered via our online platform.