This award recognises substantial growth in overseas earnings and in commercial success through outstanding continuous achievement over a 6-year period.
The Queen’s Awards are announced annually by Her Majesty The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, and are regarded as the most prestigious business awards in the country, recognising companies that are outstanding in their field. St Giles International is one of only 105 businesses in the UK which received awards in the International Trade category in 2015.
St Giles first opened its doors to students in 1955, located on the top floor of a run-down office building in Soho, London. The small English school was founded by Paul Lindsay who had a vision of providing high quality English courses to students around the world. Now, 60 years on from its humble beginnings, St Giles is still a family owned business, but has grown into an international organisation.
The St Giles Group includes seven year-round centres in the UK, USA and Canada as well as 14 junior summer centres, and welcomes around 14,000 students from over 100 different countries each year. Hannah Lindsay, the St Giles Group Sales and Marketing Director, says, ‘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.’