The British Council has issued an apology for a 'lapse' that saw it take advantage of Levant Education's business and collaboration with the FCO in Azerbaijan to launch its own competing offer in the same market. What happens when a UK private enterprise seeks (and pays for) support from the British government in new markets? … Continue reading British Council apologises for commercial abuse of FCO position
With the UK now unpicking itself from membership of the European single market, future PM Nigel Farrage has proclaimed the UK's new freedom to engage with the wider global economy. The focus for boosting the UK's international exports will fall on UKTI, the agency for assisting UK businesses in international markets. But can UKTI offer hope for the UK … Continue reading Can UKTI save UK International Education?
It's nearly 2 years since a Foreign & Commonwealth report, following a root and branch Triennial Review concluded that their were serious concerns around commercial accountability, financial transparency, conflicts of interest and fair competition with the private sector. Since the review the British Council has made efforts to improve transparency, stating on its website that it … Continue reading The British Council: Transparency
The British Council and ‘clarity of purpose’ In the 2014 Triennial Review report about the British Council, another area of concern for the FCO is 'clarity of purpose', or conflict of interest in plain English. In its Corporate Plan, the British Council claims to create value for the UK by: Creating introductions, connections and business opportunities for UK organisations, social enterprises and … Continue reading The British Council: Conflicts of interest
Thank you for following the link and for your support in addressing unfair competition from the government agency / entrepreneurial business known as the British Council. I am compiling the experiences of genuinely entrepreneurial UK companies that have come up against competition from the British Council, while acting as part of the FCO and often presented as … Continue reading Unfair Competition and the British Council
In 1946 George Orwell warned authors against making money from writing propaganda for bodies such as the British Council, deeming such work a waste of creative energy. Nonetheless, in recent times, it seems that those writing propaganda for the Council's commercial activities have been reading Orwell's novel 'Nineteen Eighty Four'. When defending its aggressive commercial plans and arguing for continued … Continue reading Is the British Council ‘Entrepreneurial’?
One of the main criticisms levelled at the British Council over the years, and highlighted recently in the Triennial Review Report about the BC's activities, is the conflict of interest inherent in an organisation that promises to represent UK education and promote the interests of schools and universities abroad, while at the same time providing education … Continue reading UK Government Gamekeeper Turns Poacher Once Again
In recent years the increasingly commercial nature of the British Council, as it has sought to supplement decreasing grants from the treasury, has brought the 80-year old agency into conflict with private companies working in similar fields, but without the government branding, FCO image and advantages enjoyed by the British Council in Embassies and Consulates … Continue reading The British Council to reform at last?
Charity may well begin at home, but Ministers who bravely encourage others to throw stones at the gilded atriums of charitable enterprise should first take care that they do not themselves live in a house with a massive conservatory hidden round the back. George Osborne has identified 'charities' as a barrier to fair competition in the marketplace, and has urged companies to defend the economy … Continue reading George Osborne hits out at “anti-business” charities
As readers who have followed Levant Education's progress in the past couple of years will know, we have continually faced an unethical, unfair competitor that has gone after the business that we established in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iraq, Kurdistan. At every step, the British Council acted as a supportive 'charity', only to then exploit the business … Continue reading British Council ‘may be anticompetitive’, claims FCO review