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UK: Sussex-based ELC acquires English in Chester

The English Language Centre (ELC) Brighton/Eastbourne has reached an agreement to acquire English in Chester (EiC), following years of frequent collaboration and co-operation.

ELCRichard Day and Phil Hopkins of EiC and ELC in Chester, UK. Photo: English in Chester

“We are absolutely delighted to be joining with EiC. It is a truly fabulous school”

English in Chester was over 40 years old; founded in 1976 and owned by Richard Day.

He commented, “I couldn’t be happier. This is exactly the right thing for us to do at this particular time in the industry. I look forward to playing my full part in the exciting times ahead.”

Nigel Paramor will continue as principal of English in Chester, while English Language Centre Chief Executive, Phil Hopkins, will have overall responsibility for the organisation.

Much of the school’s operations, including bookings and accommodation, will remain managed locally.

“We are absolutely delighted to be joining with EiC,’ said ELC’s Hopkins. “It is a truly fabulous school with a wonderful team of professional and caring people dedicated to providing a first class experience for every student.”

The UK ELT sector has seen consolidation in the last few year. In the last few months alone, Excel English announced it was closing while LTC Eastbourne has been acquired by Twin Group.

Day told The PIE News that, “In the last 40 years, I have seen huge changes in this dynamic industry in terms of student source markets, international competition and in the types of courses being demanded and offered.”

“I have seen huge changes in this dynamic industry”

“The constant for me has always been quality service and providing an excellent student experience.”

ELC Brighton founded its Brighton school in 1962 and since 2010, ELC has also had a branch in Eastbourne following a merger with the Eastbourne School of English, which in 2016 celebrated its 80th anniversary.

“This very much fits with the ethos of ELC. We are really looking forward to working together for the benefit of our staff and students,” added Hopkins.

According to English UK, around 500,000 people travel to the UK to learn English each year. Students stay an average of 3.7 weeks in the country, with over half coming from the EU.

There are currently over 500 language centres in the country accredited by the British Council.

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