A entrepreneurial duo from the Harborough area are making an impact in China by providing English language training in the city of Qingdao.
Dan Balderson, 25, from East Farndon, started Premier English with the help of his friend Sam Brightman, from Great Glen, in a modest apartment in the summer of 2013, having both just finished university.
After the first year demand had grown considerably and they moved to larger, purpose-built premises. The school was further extended this September with more than 300 students attending and the potential for this to rise to 600.
Dan said: “Learning English is a very high priority for Chinese children and their parents who particularly want to be taught by native English speakers.
“There is now a team of 11 teachers including five from the Harborough area.
“The teachers have become involved in the local community and in the summer held an English-style fete where the entry fee was a bag of unwanted clothes and toys which were sent to an orphanage in a rural area of China.”
Dan said there are plans to open another branch of Premier English next year. Visit teachpremierenglish.com for more information.