The feedback from participating agents has been extremely positive, informing us that the BBSW is helping them to develop and nurture their relationships with UK boarding schools. Organised Fam Trips to schools have also been a welcome addition to the programme, as they save time and money, whilst giving consultants the valuable opportunity to see the schools and meet the staff and students for themselves.
"A wonderful Opportunity for us to get a complete look at the British boarding school system and to establish new partnerships."
"The twice-yearly BBSW are the highlights of the year for us and we thoroughly enjoy meeting the representatives of our existing partner schools with whom we can discuss our students, our promotional efforts and also the odd problems. It actually saves us (in most cases) time consuming trips to the schools. Naturally it's also extremely helpful to meet new schools and establish good working relationships this way."
"The Workshop is a great idea because I could see the representatives of over 20 schools, get a first impression and decide which schools we are interested in developing long term relations with.”
"I started attending the BBSW 2 years ago and at the beginning this was an opportunity for us to build business relationships from new as we were entering the boarding school market. After the third Workshop I can say that I have all the knowledge, a good portfolio of contacts and awareness of the schools market to make more and more enrolments and to develop this field of education that in Italy is still at the first stage. The BBSW will always be an important event for us to meet existing partners and new ones in order to increase our capacity to deliver a professional and expert service to our students."
“Excellent in every way. Opportunities to work and to socialise - both crucial in the recruiting world!"
“I want to thank you for organising the Workshop. I personally thought it was a great success and very well organised!! Well done!! I met some of my “old” partner schools and some new interesting schools with which I am now in contact.”
"We have contacts with schools in the south-east but the BBSW has enables us to develope contacts with schools from all over the UK"
“The Workshop reminded me that one must make an effort to meet new people. Thank you for organising it in such an excellent professional way, and I look forward to attending next year's Workshop in due course.”
"The BBSW is the best event in terms of efficient organisation and good representation of UK boarding schools. It definitely helped us to grow our business."
“It was a great pleasure for me to meet with all these schools. The event inspired me a lot and I returned to the office full of new ideas. Also I had an excellent opportunity to visit some schools after the Workshop - that was very helpful.”
“I would like to thank you once again for organising such an excellent event and for giving the agents the opportunity to meet the representatives of many boarding schools in one place.”
“Very impressed and well organised.”
"Each time I have attended the BBSW I have placed students with the several of the schools I met there."
“It was really useful to have time to talk to schools and other agents during lunch and dinner.”
"The market for boarding schools is growing in my country and I am now ready for any demand of my clients. BBSW is one of the most important events I have taken part in and has enabled me to further develop my business. Thank you very much for this wonderful opportunity!"
“Exceptionally well organised and very productive. Thank you.”
"Over the 14 years of our company's existence we visited many other workshops, but this one was different. The BBSW is specialised on boarding schools and it is great that so many high quality schools took part."
“I met a number of schools who I may never have had contact with unless I was given the opportunity to attend this Workshop.”
"Up to now we had worked in another field of the language business, and were finding it very difficult to place students in boarding schools due to our lack of experience and school contacts. Having attended the BBSW we now feel so much confident, we know that the schools will welcome our students and are willing to assist us in all dealings."
“As I was new in the role I learned so much in a very short time and the experience was invaluable."
“Very useful that all schools gave us an update of what was new within the schools and it was good to meet new Registrars and staff who may not have been at the schools when we visited.”
"This was the most useful workshop I have ever attended. It was focused and the quality of the schools was better than I had imagined."
"The workshop gave me the opportunity to meet a wide variety of schools and to learn about the British education system. It is a new area of business for me and I have already been able to reply to many enquiries I had pending on short and longer term boarding for potential clients."
"The venue was an ideal location as it was near Heathrow airport and the motorways."
“Extremely happy with the event. It saved me lots of time and travelling expenses.”
"We enjoyed meeting old friends and meeting new partners, and our experience at the BBSW has always been positive. The most important aspect of the event is networking and putting faces to the names of the school staff we deal with."
“Thank you very much for organising the event, it was really fruitful for us.”
"It was very useful to meet other agents from different countries. Many of them have many years' experience of working with boarding schools and share their knowledge. I now have a better understanding of the different schools and what sort of student would be right for them. My opinion now is that an agent should be really cautious when promoting boarding schools before attending a specialized workshop and participating in a fam trip."
"The BBSW is an excellent way to keep in touch with partner schools, to discuss latest developments and to find new schools for our portfolio. With over 100 partner schools in the UK, it is very difficult to visit them on a regular basis. Therefore I appreciate this opportunity to meet a good number of schools at the same place."
“The Electronic Appointment System (EASy) was perfect and saved me a lot of time in setting up meetings with schools.”
"Having established ourselves as a UK University expert, BBSW has been an effective and efficient platform that helped my company fast track into the boarding school market."
“Very good range of schools covering most of the UK.”