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Cambridge Education Group celebrate 65th anniversary and honour their international agents with celebratory evening dinner

Fri 8 Sep 2017 < Back to listing

On Sunday 3rd September, the Cambridge Education Group took the opportunity to honour their hard working student recruitment agents with an evening of food, drink, entertainment and awards all held at the wonderful No. 4 Hamilton Place venue in Mayfair, London. The evening was also the perfect opportunity to celebrate the group's own 65 year anniversary and to look back and review the great achievements accomplished over the last 65 years.

L-R: Brendan Webb, Jonathan Harms, Michael Ioakimides, David Newton, Geoff Webster, Ruth Fenton, Guy Ballantine and Karin Askham

In a speech given by Michael Ioakimides, Cambridge Education Group's CEO, he traced the group's beginnings back to the opening of a small tutorial college in 1952 in London. Stafford House provided tutoring and support to British students to get them through their examinations and contrary to the name wasn’t based anywhere near Stafford. In fact, the Stafford House name came from the street where the first school was based, Stafford Gardens, just off Kensington High Street.

The School grew, moving out to Canterbury in 1972, and gradually began to attract international students, including a large number of Greeks who, by studying English in the UK, were able to avoid military service. The school expanded its international operations and with the support of key partners, opened offices in Russia and China. Focusing more on international students the first Foundation Programme was delivered in the UK in 1985.

Meanwhile in 1984 a second family business was setting up in Cambridge, then known as Cambridge Arts Tutors, later to become CATS. In 1992 the two businesses, together with Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts, came together to form what we know today as the Cambridge Education Group. 

Over the years the group has taught thousands of students, including a racing driver named Lewis (Hamilton) as well as the grand children of President de Gaulle and the Gucci and Versace families.

Michael Ioakimides, CEO Cambridge Education Group

As well as reflecting on the group's history, Michael took the opportunity to highlight recent developments in the business taken to consolidate the group's offering; the ONCAMPUS  provision has expanded to 16 centres across the UK, Europe and the US; the opening of 2 purpose built CATS schools in Cambridge and Boston and the acquisition of 2 new language schools in Canada and the US. Before signing off, Michael expressed his deep gratitude to the teams and the group's partners and agents thanking them for their continued enthusiasm and passion for the business. 

He finally introduced the new leaders to the audience who each in term gave a brief introduction - Jonathan Harms, the new MD for ONCAMPUS UK / EU; David Newton, the new MD for Stafford House International and the new Head of CSVPA, Karin Askham.

Music from Niche London String Quartet

Throughout the evening guests were treated to live performances from the Niche London String Quartet,  singing and dancing from The Gatsby Girls, an acroduo called Cirque du Spinsters and a silhouette artist. The evening was hailed as a fabulous success as partners, agents and CEG staff were able to reconnect, relax and enjoy a truly wonderful evening.  

Singing and dancing from The Gatsby Girls

 Acroduo Cirque du Spinsters

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