About CET

The History of CET


The London Chamber of Commerce appoints a Commercial Education Committee to address the skills crisis: clerks are insufficiently well-educated for key jobs in the City of London.

The Commercial Education Department of the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry ('LCCI') was established. The Chamber becomes an established examining body with an international reputation and examinations centres in over eighty countries.


The London Chamber of Commerce Commercial Education Scheme was reconstituted as a charity.

In addition to growing its own examinations the LCCI Examinations Board becomes the third largest body awarding National Vocational Qualifications in financial management, IT, company secretarial practice, marketing and English.


The Scheme was incorporated as the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Commercial Education Trust (CET).


The LCCI Examinations Board is sold to Education Development International plc (EDI) and CET becomes a grant-making charity.

Since 2002, we have given more than £3.5 million in grants


Launch of CET's Commercial Education Lecture series with speaker Sir Harvey McGrath. Alison Wolf, Baroness Wolf of Dulwich and Sherry Coutu CBE give keynote Commercial Education lectures in subsequent years.


Milestone of £3 million in grant awards is achieved.


CET develops its Impact Framework and concentrates the delivery of its mission around the development and furtherance of Commercial Ability

Commercial Ability Cycle

The Components of Commercial Ability

Commercial Ability is comprised of five inter-dependent and mutually-reinforcing components.

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