English in Chester, which celebrates its 40th year in 2016, welcomes more than 1,700 students a year. They come from more than 40 countries round the world to improve their English skills to help them get better jobs in their countries on their return or to further their studies in the UK, or just for fun.
The school employs 50 staff and its students contribute in a number of ways to Chester businesses and the local economy.
Chris Matheson met some of those students and learnt about their reasons for choosing Chester and how they would be positive ambassadors for the city when they return to their country at the end of their courses in Chester.
He said: “We should be proud that we have one of the top-rated English schools in the UK here in Chester. It is a great way to promote the city around the world and it is a source of foreign earnings too. I enjoyed hearing how positive the students felt about Chester and how many of them wish to come here again to continue studying.”
The school’s principal, Nigel Paramor, said: “We are delighted that Chris has taken time out from his busy schedule to learn more about this local successful business, and we look forward to working with him over the coming months to discuss ways in which he can help us to develop further.”