Fast-growing Manchester-based networking and training platform In Touch has opened its first US office in Chicago.

An 18-strong team led by Naomi Kent will look to offer millions of US professionals the opportunity to become members of In Touch’s leading global coaching and development network, free of charge.

It will also offer additional services such as CV writing, LinkedIn profile development, online training and executive coaching.

In Touch CEO Matthew Roberts has led the US expansion. He said: “We’ve come a long way since our inception in 2013, but this is genuinely one of the most exciting periods for us all at In Touch.

“We’re proud to be globally recognised as innovators in Europe, and now we’re opening up our membership network, industry-leading development products and executive coaching packages to millions of US executives for the first time.

“It has taken a lot of hard work, but with the strong leadership team we have in Chicago driving this forward, it’s an exciting time for all of us. The move to Chicago is another step in our plans for growth in the US and across the world.”

Kent added: “As a team, we’re focused on bringing In Touch’s acclaimed and globally recognized executive education, coaching and mentoring services to ambitious US executives.

“We’re passionate about transforming the way businesses recruit and people develop, and can’t wait to help thousands of US professionals grow, learn or transition to a new career as a board member with confidence. We’ve no doubt that this is the start of an incredible journey.”

In Touch is recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing businesses by Deloitte and the Financial Times.