Private Business English
We provide private Business English lessons for people who use English in their professional lives, or who want to improve English for work.
Whether you work for a Scottish or multinational company in Edinburgh, or are an international visitor here for a short time to practise and improve your business communication skills in English, our experienced teachers train you to be more effective and professional English users in work.
We will tailor your private Business English classes to your needs and objectives. We match you with Business English teachers who have experience and knowledge of your specialist field of work so that you can develop the vocabulary, expressions and ‘jargon’ of your sector.
Our approach to learning is interactive and practical, and includes simulations, projects, language training and self-study. Our aim is to help you communicate better and more confidently in your job, be more competitive in gaining promotions, and improve your employment prospects.
We can provide specialist training, such as medical English, English for pilots, English for university professors and English for engineers, plus many others.
We also offer cross-cultural training for business people, both non-native speakers of English seeking to do business in the UK or in other countries, and for British companies doing business internationally.
If you would prefer to join a group Business English course, we offer a combined Business/General English intensive course with the option of choosing Business only (see 360° English), as well as a six-week combined Business/General English evening course.
Why choose Venture English?
- We’re a small, teacher-run school, so we treat you like a person, not a statistic. We genuinely care about your experience with us and your progress.
- Our teachers are qualified and very experienced, as well as fascinating people with broad interests who have a lot of life experience to bring into the classroom.
- We’re perfectly situated for you to continue learning English even after class, as Venture English is at Summerhall, Edinburgh’s most adventurous arts, events and education venue!
Who is the course for?
Our Private Business English classes are for international adults, usually with an intermediate (B1), upper-intermediate (B2) or advanced (C1/C2) level of English. Perhaps you are an executive or professional currently working for a Scottish or transnational company in Edinburgh or abroad. Or you may plan to get a job at an English speaking company and want to improve English for work.
Private classes are for individuals. If there are two or more of you, or you would like to organise a course for your team, please contact us for a quote.
Can I combine classes?
You can combine Private Business English classes with one or more of our mini group courses.
Live like a local by staying with locals in a homestay! Our homestays are with independent Edinburgh hosts who welcome you into their homes. This is a great way to practise English and learn about Scottish culture and the city of Edinburgh! You can choose the kind of host you stay with. For example, a family, retired couple or young professionals; self-catering, B&B or half-board; private or shared bathroom etc. In all cases, you will have a private bedroom, use of the kitchen, living room and washing machine, and free wifi. Homestays are from £175 per week. Venture English charges an accommodation arrangement fee of £35 for your total stay.
City Centre Hostel
Venture English has partnered with stylish city centre hostel, The Baxter, to offer you comfortable shared accommodation at a 15% discount! The Baxter is a boutique hostel with a contemporary Scottish feel that opened in 2017. It’s a 20 minute walk to Venture English, 10 minutes to the Old Town and Royal Mile, and right next to Princes Street and the airport bus/tram stops. Dorm rooms are shared with other adults, and have between 4 and 12 beds. Contact Venture English to book with a 15% discount. A dorm bed is from £137 per week. Venture English charges an accommodation arrangement fee of £15 for your total stay.
If you want a private apartment so that you can cook and enjoy your own space at an affordable price, we recommend Airbnb. Airbnb is an online community of local hosts who offer spare rooms or whole apartments at prices often cheaper than hotels. The accommodation is in real homes, so you get to stay somewhere interesting, and experience what it’s like to live as a local. If you would like to book through Venture English, a member of our accommodation team will visit and arrange an apartment for you. Apartments in Edinburgh via Airbnb are from £400 per week. Our accommodation arrangement fee is £35 for your total stay.
Homestay: from £175 per week + £35 arrangement fee
Hostel: from £137 per week + £15 arrangement fee
Private apartment: from £400 per week + £35 arrangement fee
*Please note, in July and especially August accommodation gets booked up very quickly and prices may rise. Venture English tries very hard to arrange the accommodation you want at prices you can afford, and we always communicate openly with you about availability.
How to Book
To book your group course or private lesson(s), you need to make full payment. Places are limited, so early booking is strongly recommended.
You can pay online via Paypal (including credit or debit card) or bank transfer (BACS or Transferwise.com). If you prefer to pay in cash, simply arrange to visit Venture English to make payment. Your booking is only confirmed when we receive your full payment.
At checkout, you can tell us which dates you want to book, and any other information.
If you have any questions before you book, just ask – we’re happy to help!
What Happens Next?
When we receive your payment, we will email you confirmation of your course booking.
We will then ask you to fill out a needs analysis so that we know more about your study aims and interests. We may arrange a face-to-face or Skype chat to assess your English level and discuss your course.
Venture English reserves the right to cancel a course in circumstances outside of our control or, in the case of group courses, when fewer than three students have enrolled. Full payment will be refunded when a course cannot be provided.
If you cancel your course:
- more than 28 days before its commencement, all payment will be refunded, minus any bank transfer or administration fees.
- between 28 and 14 days before its commencement, 50% of your course fees will be refunded, minus any bank transfer or administration fees.
- less than 14 days before its commencement, or if you withdraw from the course having started it, no payment will be returned.
For further information, see our Terms & Conditions.