British Council apologises for commercial abuse of FCO position

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

The British Council: Transparency

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: Conflicts of interest

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

Report: Studybritish.com events in Baku

Last week top UK Universities returned to Baku with the Studybritish.com Education Tour, held at the JW Absheron Marriott Hotel on April 8 and 9. Above: Images from the Alumni evening at Baku Marriot Hotel Despite the devalued Manat and suspended Scholarship Programme, interest in studying in the UK was high and the exhibition was … Continue reading Report: Studybritish.com events in Baku

Unfair Competition and the British Council

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

Is the British Council ‘Entrepreneurial’?

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’?

George Osborne hits out at “anti-business” charities

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

UK Education Tour or the British Council?

Levant Education presents a handy guide to choosing between the 2 events that are now on offer in Kurdistan, Iraq. UK Education Tour Successful UK-focussed exhibitions in Kurdistan since 2011 Feedback, references available - universities already signed up for OCT 2014 Free cancellation in the event of HCDP cancellation or security issues Well known in the … Continue reading UK Education Tour or the British Council?

The British Council is an anachronistic unaccountable quango…it’s time for a cull

Along with many UK private companies providing marketing services to international education providers, Levant Education often runs into a thorny political issue that we’re somehow not supposed to talk about. That issue is the commercial, entrepreneurial activities of the British Council, a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB, or quango), whose size, status and ambition create … Continue reading The British Council is an anachronistic unaccountable quango…it’s time for a cull

British Council Baku Exhibition targets Filipinos

Readers interested in the activities of the British Council in Azerbaijan will be aware that the bungling branch of the British FCO in Baku decided to actually do something for the first time in 20 years, spurred into action after witnessing Levant Education's UK Education Tour last November. Invited to participate in the event in … Continue reading British Council Baku Exhibition targets Filipinos