The College was established in 1982, and initially located in Kensington [hence the name], as a result of the realisation that Business Management was not served by high-quality professional training courses in the same way as parallel professions such as Law and Accountancy had already been for many decades. This conviction has continued to shape the way the College works up to the present day. The College sought out the best of the relevant external qualifications then available and offered its own complementary material and diplomas concurrently, but also constantly looked for opportunities for exposure to real-life corporate culture, positioning itself as a specialist business school providing training for the managers of the future.
The external qualifications included, in Marketing, CIM, in Business Management, ABE, in Corporate Administration, ICSA, and in Banking, CIB. These courses were offered on both a full-time and part-time basis.
The College’s reputation and success grew rapidly as is shown by the fast-growing list of leading companies that sponsored students to attend courses at KCB. By 1992 the College had to relocate courses to central London as many students were working part-time, and Holborn in central London between the City and the West End was an ideal location. However, the College chose to retain its name, which by then had attracted strong customer loyalty.
In 1992 the College began to deliver university degree courses and, in keeping with its founding principles, was one of the pioneers in trying to establish links between the professional bodies and universities to ensure students obtained qualifications that were both academically challenging and prepared graduates for the work place environment.