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