The team at National Learning Group
The team at National Learning Group.

Northumberland educational consultancy secures £100k investment for new jobs

A Northumberland-headquartered education consultancy is aiming to build on its accelerated growth following an investment of £100k from the North East Small Loan Fund.

National Learning Group, based in Prudhoe, offers educational support and tutoring services for learners of all ages which are delivered remotely by a network of classroom-experienced teachers.

After working with regional fund management firm NEL Fund Managers to secure the Small Loan Fund investment, National Learning Group is aiming to create up to 15 new sales and administration jobs in the North East as part of the next stage of its growth strategy.

Part of the investment will be used to enhance the business’s management systems and processes, as well as its website, so that it has the infrastructure required to support its growth ambitions.

As well as continuing to expand its client base and network of tutors, the business is also looking to break into Asian markets in the medium term by developing a new service for teaching English as a foreign language.

Oliver Batten, founder and MD said: “With demand for our services looking likely to remain high for the foreseeable future, we want to capitalise on what we’ve done so far by taking our operations to the next level and creating more North East jobs along the way.

“We know there are also huge opportunities overseas for teaching English as a foreign language, particularly in Asia, and we’ll be looking to enhance our presence in this sector over the medium term.

“The NEL team were extremely helpful in guiding us through the investment application process, and their enthusiasm for our business development plans gave us extra confidence in what we’re looking to achieve.”

Mike Guellard, investment executive at NEL Fund Managers, commented: “Oliver and his team have made very impressive progress over just a few years and there are clear opportunities for them to achieve more by building on these solid foundations.”

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