In October 2013, Jimmy Beale, William Hanson and I flew to China for the official launch of our China office, in Chengdu. We have been operating in China (Beijing, Shanghai & Chengdu) since February 2013 and our exciting launch event cemented our commitment to bringing our training programmes and expertise to China. Below is the text from the speech made by our Director of Operations & Educational Development, Jimmy Beale. You may also like to view a video our Chinese partners produced of the event at the bottom of this post.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Shangri-La Hotel for this evening’s introduction to western etiquette through ‘A Taste of Downton Abbey’. This is a significant event – one where people from many different spheres have come together to share thoughts and their interests in all that Prestige Education Consultancy and The English Manner have to offer. This joint venture is all about education and opportunities for learning – that invaluable aspect of our society that touches us all. Whether for our children, or for ourselves, learning never ceases and, as adults, we must never be too proud to think that we have learnt it all. All that is happening with this company is very exciting indeed and I am delighted to see you all here. I hope that you have a good evening, that you make the most of the good company and that you learn something.
The English Manner has been operating in the United Kingdom for over ten years. The founder of the company and our CEO, Mrs Alexandra Messervy, has built the company to a position whereby it is the market leader for etiquette training in the UK, as well as a provider of training in many parts of the world. In recent months, individuals and companies in Russia, Dubai, Qatar, Canada, the United States of America, Switzerland, Kenya and Uganda have all benefitted from The English Manner’s outstanding support. Individuals and groups form those countries and others have also visited the United Kingdom to visit and tour with Alexandra and her team – she is able to put together the most amazing experiences for any of you who might wish to visit England – through her one can experience activities and visit places that normal tourists cannot hope to access.
But you will be asking, why we are here? Thorough our association with the team at Prestige Education Consultancy, we have a wonderful opportunity to bring our training and expertise to Chengdu. I must take this opportunity to say a thank you to Lawrence, Ophelia and their team for making this dream a reality – they are simply outstanding. They have recently moved to new offices at Square One, Tianfu Square – they would be delighted to welcome you there if you are ever passing. A partnership with a company that has education at the heart of all they do is entirely appropriate – some of you will know them as they have placed your children in schools in the UK.
You might want to talk to us about how we can support you or your clients – please do so after the presentation. I would now like to introduce you to William Hanson – our senior tutor. He spends an increasing amount of time on television, particularly on the BBC, and has become to go to expert for the British media for anything related with etiquette. May I introduce Mr William Hanson…