St Giles International celebrates 60th anniversary and Queen's Award

11 September, 2015

Language provider St Giles International celebrated its 60th anniversary this week with a gala dinner in London, UK, during which Mark Lindsay, Managing Director of St Giles, was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

Mark Lindsay, Managing Director of St Giles International receives the Queen's Award for Enterprise from Royal Representative, Wing Commander Mike Dudgeon, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.

The award – a crystal bowl and scroll from Her Majesty the Queen – recognises substantial overseas growth and commercial success through continuous achievement over a six-year period and was presented by Wing Commander Mike Dudgeon, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.

The presentation ceremony was followed by speeches from Mark Lindsay, his daughter Hannah Lindsay and his father – and founder of St Giles – Paul Lindsay. During his speech, Mark Lindsay thanked all the staff, students, agents, family and friends that have supported the company since its beginnings. “I’ve enjoyed working with so many different people over the years and have grown fond of many of them,” he said. Paul Lindsay expressed his gratitude towards his son and granddaughter for continuing to build on the company’s success, and pointed out that only around 12 per cent of family businesses today survive into the third generation.

Hannah Lindsay, the Group’s Sales & Marketing Director, said, “We are delighted to win this very prestigious award in our 60th year. It is a fantastic mark of how far we’ve come during this time. With our long history behind us, we feel it is important to learn and adapt so that we continue to meet the needs of our students and agents around the world, and this award is a great sign that we are continuing to do this.”

St Giles International now welcomes around 14,000 students from over 100 different countries each year at its schools in the UK, USA and Canada.

Bethan Norris
Senior Editor


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