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Our story

It’s not what we do, but the way we do it that makes us different.

Shipley Associates was founded in 1972 by Richard Shipley as a business and technical writing firm. His cousin Steve joined Shipley Associates in 1988. Upon his retirement, in 1994, Richard sold Shipley Associates to Franklin Quest. At the time that Franklin Quest merged with the Covey Leadership Center, in 1997, Steve, along with his business partners, bought the proposals and business development portion of the business from Franklin Covey and built the company into the global leader in business development consulting that it is today.

Our story

One of Shipley Associates many accomplishments was to initiate the establishment of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP). Working with the many talented and committed proposal professionals to build an association for business development professionals that numbers over 10,000 members today.

Steve Shipley is no longer with us. However, his legacy of ensuring all of Shipley Associates’ stakeholders are treated fairly with the highest ethical standards will continue to be the hallmark of all Shipley organisations around the world, and his example will be fondly remembered by those who had the privilege to know him.


Richard Shipley sets up Shipley Associates
Steve Shipley joins
Set up APMP as a professional body initially named as National Association of Proposal Managers
Acquired by Franklin Covey
U.K. office set up, first outside the U.S
Steve Shipley leads a management buyout and sets up Shipley Associates, focusing on proposals and business development
Shipley Limited formed in UK
Shipley Limited delivers first training in India
Shipley India established
Other Shipley offices established in Denmark, Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, France, Germany, Romania, Costa Rica, Jordan, Singapore

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