Welcome to Business Language Champions!


Business Language Champions aims to promote modern foreign languages and cultural cohesion by demonstrating to young people the importance of language skills in the workplace.


By bringing schools and international business people in the region together we inspire more young people to continue with their language learning.


The World is Our Oyster….


As many of you will know, Business Language Champions is based in the East Midlands and we have been operating successfully here for a number of years now. Since winning the prestigious Threlford Memorial Cup in 2016 from the Chartered Institute of Linguists, we have expanded our horizons considerably, moving into Surrey, Wales, Hertfordshire, West Midlands and Yorkshire. This expansion is set to continue over the coming year in these areas and we have enquiries from other areas as well.

BLC map

Business Language Champions reach in 2017/2018


Business Language Champions would like to congratulate Claire Gorrara from the University of Cardiff for winning the 2017 Threlford Memorial Cup for promoting the study of languages through her excellent Student Mentoring Scheme in Wales. We are delighted to be working together with Claire on other projects in Wales.


Feedback from our participants

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for Monday.  What a well-planned and positive event. Our students really enjoyed it and found themselves growing in confidence throughout the day. Your student ambassadors are fab,  and have had a really positive impact on our students this year, thank you. The year abroad workshop was particularly good, and even gave us a pang of Wanderlust!” – Tupton Hall School

“As a teacher, it was so refreshing to see so many people fired up about languages and cultures – it was infectious!” – Luke Anderson, St George’s Academy

“Thank you so much for your events – we love them and they provide a great opportunity for our students” – Sally Lees, Head of MFL, Repton School

“It provided an incredibly enjoyable and motivational experience, from which I have taken much and that now provides a basis for my confidence in speaking French” – Greg, Year 13 student from Priory Academies

“It was the most amazing experience! Even for teachers!!” – Chris Cox, St Peter’s and St Paul’s Catholic Voluntary School, Lincoln

“Great event, great venue, students really gained from it.” – Rachel Souter, Joseph Whitaker School, Mansfield”
Students get to grips with using their languages in top security situations at The Word is Not Enough at Oundle in 2017

Students get to grips with using their languages in top security situations at The Word is Not Enough at Oundle in 2017


The main benefits of taking part in the Business Language Champions programme are:


Benefits to schools

  • Students see the relevance of languages beyond the classroom environment
  • Students can engage with local employers and take part in ‘real’, work-related tasks
  • Teachers get an insight into the language needs of businesses


How you can get involved

Please contact us for more information on Business Language Champions and find out how you can inspire the next generation of international business leaders.