I started Colchester Language Academy in September 2013 after working in academia at the University of Essex for almost 10 years. I was already teaching Spanish to children and I noticed there was a gap in the market, as there weren’t any schools in Colchester offering languages tuition. So I started offering, not only Spanish, but also English lessons and later on other languages such as French, Italian and now even Turkish. The language teaching business depends a lot on demand and, despite a low level of awareness of the importance of language learning, Colchester Language Academy is growing.
I needed a location to use as classroom, and a friend mentioned COLBEA. So, I came and met Valerie (Colbea’s Tenant Services Manager) who was super helpful and friendly, and I moved in to unit 16 to run the school from here. I have been very lucky, not only for the central location we are in, but also for nice building, the supportive Business Advisors like James Cracknell and Trevor Edwards and, more importantly, for the reception staff – Jane, Fee and Liz – who are the key to this building being a great place, and a fantastic working environment for both small and big businesses.
When I say that Colchester Language Academy is growing, I mean growing. We have expanded in the languages services sector by offering translations, interpreting and transcription work for both academia and businesses. Last year we had the opportunity to manage a big transcription project were we transcribed over 400 audio interviews in Spanish, English, French, Italian and Arabic. This was very challenging but at the same time very rewarding. We employed about 20 people, both freelancers and on contract, nationally and internationally to work on this project.
We also have been selected by prestigious educational institutions, again nationally and internationally, to receive students for internships and to learn in our academy in the areas of language teaching and translations; to mention just a few, UNIBA (University of Barcelona) and University of Oulu (one of Finland’s largest universities). We are also accredited by The Children’s University.