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Diverse group of UK educational suppliers head to Vietnam with BESA and DIT for trade mission

  • Nine members of the UK educational suppliers industry will be visiting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from March 6-10, 2017 on a trade mission organised in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and BESA, to meet with schools and colleges, as well as members of the local business community and government officials
  • Companies attending range from those who supply school level EdTech and ICT products to publishers, and represent a good cross-section of the UK educational supplies industry

The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), which today represents more than 400 UK-based education suppliers with combined revenues totalling £2.2 billion, today announced that it will be returning to Vietnam for an education mission where they will visit local schools and meet with relevant local education partners.

A total of nine education companies who supply school-level EdTech and ICT products, school solutions, teacher training, learning platforms, School Management Systems and also publishers will be joining BESA on the mission, which is organised in partnership with the Department for International Trade.

The UK educational suppliers delegation includes: boclips, a video platform designed as a “Netflix for Education”, Collexi Limited, the specialist providers of products and services to educational institutions worldwide, Cambridge University Press, the publishing division of the University of Cambridge and one of the world’s leading research institutions, Data Harvest Group Ltd, suppliers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math equipment (both hardware and software), Discovery Education, a supplier of curriculum-matched content, professional development solutions and professional networking opportunities, Hodder Education, one of the largest educational publishing companies in the UK, RM, who are modernising the assessment landscape through the implementation and expansion of its high stakes exam e-marking solution, WCBS, a leading supplier of Information Management Systems, and finally ZZISH, a company finding the best learning apps and making them useful for real classrooms.

Patrick Hayes, director of BESA said:

“Following the Brexit vote, UK education suppliers are seizing the opportunity to expand internationally and are increasingly looking to foster partnerships across Asia. BESA and our world-leading education suppliers look forward to engaging with Vietnamese educators and officials alike to discuss how our multitude of innovative products and services can be adapted to help meet the needs of children in classrooms across Vietnam.

During our week-long mission, we look forward to renewing friendships as well as making many new contacts across the country.”

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BESA’s directors and a wide range of members are available for comment. To discuss this story further, contact: Mark Rosser mark@besa.org.uk / +44(0)20 7537 4997

About BESA:

BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association, is the only trade association covering the entirety of the UK educational suppliers sector. It has an 80-year heritage serving the sector, and represents over 400 suppliers, including manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, technology, ICT hardware and digital-content related services to the education market. Combined, they generate approximately $3 billion of revenue each year.

BESA is dedicated to showcasing the world-leading educational products and services provided by British educational suppliers, and providing support and advice to its members, the industry and to schools looking for the best resources and services.

It founded the BETT show in 1985, the largest EdTech exhibition in the world, the Education World Forum in 2011 and currently has over 110 start-ups in its “Launchpad” service.

Working closely with UKTI Education, BESA helps take over a hundred companies overseas every year to a wide range of important export markets, from the US to Malaysia and China, providing intelligence briefings, logistical support and often substantial bursaries.

BESA has a Code of Practice to which all members must adhere, along with a stringent membership process, both of which assure buyers of a high standard of quality in both product and customer service.

For more information, visit: www.besa.org.uk