Bristol’s first franchise of the international Kip McGrath education centres has been made possible thanks to a £20,000 loan from SWIG Finance, a not-for-profit organisation that has supported more than 2,500 South West businesses over the last 25 years.
From September, the Kip McGrath Education Centre is set to open its doors to six to 16 year-old looking for additional support with Maths and English.
The centre is led by Seonaid Birkett, who also owns the Bristol Language Centre (BLC) where the new venture will be based. For the past 11 years, over 10,000 overseas students, ranging in age from 13 to 74 have studied English at BLC on Portwall Lane in Redcliffe. The launch of the Kip McGrath Education Centre, Bristol Central, means local people will now also be able to benefit from Seonaid’s passion and experience.
With classes of up to five and a programme that is tailored to meet each students’ individual needs, the centre will offer very targeted tutoring that can also be accessed online.
Speaking of her decision to extend her business by purchasing a Kip McGrath franchise, Seonaid said:
“Kip McGrath is a really fantastic programme with an excellent reputation all over the world. I am really excited about supporting the Bristol community in a new way and have already had a lot of interest from local parents.
“When I first looked at financing this new venture, I wasn’t sure where to turn for help. Securing the loan from SWIG Finance was very straightforward and has given me the funding I need to embark on this exciting new venture.”
Fund Manager at SWIG Finance, Graham Mitchell supported Seonaid through her application. He said:
“Last year, SWIG Finance provided funding to nearly 80 Bristol businesses and we are keen to hear from other firms in the city who are looking for support – whether then need £500 or £100,000 to achieve their growth ambitions.
“Seonaid presented an excellent business case and this is a natural extension of her existing business. We are delighted to not only be supporting another business in the city but also helping to launch a centre that will benefit many of Bristol’s young people over the coming years.”