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7, 11 Frognal
020 8133 6284
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Founding partners are Wesley Sanders and Nelson Lo, who met when they were at Exeter University. Wesley, who is education and marketing director, deals with all the back end business, while Nelson, who is client service director, is the main point of contact for clients and tutors, as well as taking responsibility for the company’s international clients, who mainly come from China, Hong Kong, US and continental Europe. Both of them tutor – Wesley in history and economics and Nelson in 11+.
Nelson and Wesley each work from their respective London homes and asked to meet us at a Kensington café – ‘a typical meeting point for clients and tutors,’ they explained. ‘Previously, we had an office in Chancery Lane, but we found it was a waste of time as clients usually like meeting at their home or out and about, and tutors prefer to communicate by phone or over a coffee. The office just felt like an extravagance, and took up valuable commuting time,’ explains Nelson, although the men were toying with the idea of taking an office, this time in Hampstead, as the business continues to grow.
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