The businesses we support may be based in the UK, but many of them have a distinctly global outlook - and ambitions. One such business is The Student Language Bureau, our StartUp of the Week. Providing international opportunities for multilingual jobseekers, they are supported by our delivery partners at Yorkshire Coast Enterprise. Let's find out more!

1. Describe your business in thirty seconds or less.

The Student Language Bureau is an introductory agency for global recruiters and multilingual jobseekers.

For recruiters: We provide multilingual candidates for their internship, entry-level and part-time vacancies.

For jobseekers: We provide international work placements for students and graduates. Not only do we provide a jobs board, but we are a full support platform for our candidates.

2. Where are you based and why is it a good location for your business?

We are based in the North of England. Transport links are great. As we collaborate with many institutions in the UK, we can commute easily to meet with people!  

3. How did you come up with the idea?

Our idea originated from personal experiences. We wanted to use this experience to find a solution for jobseekers looking for work predominantly outside of the UK, and for recruiters looking for the best talent for their roles. We now provide a solution for recruiters who are looking for best-fit candidates for their junior positions, and a niche jobs board for candidates who are swamped by thousands of unsuitable openings elsewhere!  

4. What stage was your business at when you applied for a Start Up Loan?

We had just launched our website - it was during the very early stages of The SLB’s development.

Student language bureau, StartUp of the Week

5. How have you used it to grow your business?

We used the funds for various forms of marketing and resources. This included advertisements in newsletters, flyers, posters and business cards.

6. Who is your mentor and how have they helped you?

Our mentor is Simon Barker. He has been a great help assisting us, particularly with our marketing approach. He introduced us to various software platforms, ways to save and manage time effectively and general advice on our vision. It was great to have a regular call with Simon as it forced us to take a step back and review our progress which you quite often forget to do when you are so busy.

Our regional delivery partner is Yorkshire Coast Enterprise. We appreciated their help in reviewing our business plan and assisting with our application. Jenn Crowther came to visit us and kept close communication throughout, thank you again to her and the team!

7. Biggest achievement so far?

Our 3 biggest achievements so far are:

  • Establishing an exceptional pool of candidates.

  • Receiving 5* feedback from those who have used our services.

  • Collaborating with reputable companies worldwide.

8. What’s next for your business?

The next step is new territory. We plan to develop our candidate reach and our recruiter portfolio. Watch this space!


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