Manchester-based internship organisation InternChina has secured a lucrative contract with the British Council following support from the Business Growth Hub.
Foudned in 2007, the company delivers work experience programmes to UK students looking to work in some of China’s fastest growing cities, including Qingdao, Zhuhai, Chengdu and Dalian.
The business has four offices across China and holds partnerships with many of the UK’s leading universities, including the University of Manchester, De Montfort University, the University of Sussex and the University of Central Lancashire.
Students and graduates are offered the chance to gain insight into traditional Chinese culture, as well as experiencing a thriving business environment. The scheme offers support before, during and after their studies, with a particular focus on accommodation and insurance.
Managing director Jamie Bettles has been supported by the hub’s mentoring development executive Andy Hall. Andy identified the challenges facing the business and matched Jamie with a mentor.
Jamie also attended two of the Hub’s masterclasses on law and tendering for small businesses. This enabled Jamie to apply these skills into his British Council contract bid, which the company subsequently won.
This funding has enabled the business to set out its plans for future growth, as it aims to develop a scheme that will allow Chinese students to study in Manchester. The firm is also targeting international expansion in the US and Australia, working with Hub partner the Department for International Trade.
Jamie Bettles, managing director of InternChina, said: “Having placed 100 UK students directly into internships in China last year, we are now looking at more ambitious targets, and have global expansion well in our sights. We are thrilled to have won the contract with the British Council and this has provided a massive boost to the team.
“The mentoring that Business Growth Hub provided was fantastic. The ongoing support from Andy and the team helped me develop the overall strategy of the business, and also taught me the techniques to make the right connections. We are looking forward to working with the Hub in the future.”