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Business Languages to Build Your Business

Date & Time: 01/09/2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Location: University of Bedfordshire

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A fantastic opportunity for businesses to build language skills for global trade

Autumn 2013 sees the continuation of the business language and culture programme delivered by the Knowledge Hub

The Knowledge Hub offers evening language courses in response to growing demand for a language savvy workforce capable of thriving in a global business environment. According to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)report (2012), 72% of businesses say they value foreign language skills among their employees, particularly in helping build relations with clients, customers and suppliers.

The ability for businesses to communicate in language of their market is more important than ever before. Many organisations discover they can be more competitive by looking overseas for suppliers and customers. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) survey (April 2012) indicated that 8,000 UK businesses admitted that while exporting activity is rising, a lack of language skills remains a barrier to success.

By providing employees with a chance to master a second language, businesses not only invest in their staff development, but also improve their organisations’ international expansion and growth.

Beginners business language courses in Arabic (standard), Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, German and Russian focus on speaking and understanding spoken language, but also cover essential grammar and business vocabulary. Moreover, courses deliver excellent cultural understanding. Topics cover:

          business introductions

          at the workplace

          making contact

          business travel

          making small talk

          dealing with business contacts


The Knowledge Hub’s Languages and Culture for Business Programme has been successfully supporting businesses of all sizes to trade internationally since 1998.

The programme starts week commencing 21 October and will be run for 18 weeks (evening classes only).

To find out about costs and schedule please contact the Knowledge Hub: 0800 328 5334 or