BESA Director General Designate: “World-leading education suppliers remain open for business”

24 June 2016: Commenting on the British public’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), Caroline Wright, Director General Designate of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), said:

“Today marks an important turning point for Britain. It is too early to understand the full ramifications of how the nation’s decision will impact on the economy and our trading relationship with Europe and the rest of the world in the long term. However, as the Prime Minister commented during his resignation speech, ‘there will be no immediate change in the way our goods and services can be sold or the way we can trade’.

“A dozen UK edtech companies will be travelling with BESA to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) exhibition in Denver, USA, tomorrow (25 June). In my conversations with international stakeholders both at ISTE and over the coming weeks and months, I will make it clear that UK education suppliers are open for business and we will continue to provide our world-leading educational goods and services to governments, education systems and schools around the world.”


About BESA

BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association, is the trade association representing over 300 educational suppliers in the UK, including manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, technology, ICT hardware and digital-content related services to the education market.

With over 80 years of experience, BESA offers unparalleled support, research, events and advice on both UK and International markets, and the future of the education supplies industry.  BESA is focused on promoting and providing support and advice to their members, the industry and to schools.

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, please contact:

Mark Rosser: mark@besa.org.uk

Telephone: 020 7537 4997