Open Study College celebrates next step

Birmingham based distance learning provider, Open Study College, has celebrated the opening of a larger new office space, signifying an important step in the business’ long-term growth strategy.

This month Open Study College moved a short distance within Birmingham Business Park, located near the NEC, to a modern, 4,500 square-foot space.

The team celebrated the move with an official opening on Tuesday 26th November, when management, staff and friends of the business enjoyed a drink and a look around the new working environment.

The new stylish and contemporary office complements the brand’s positive and forward-thinking persona to inspire a collaborative environment for staff and visitors.

“Since myself and my father founded Open Study College 12 years ago, we have supported over 85,000 people to achieve their dreams, whether that was to change career, progress in their role or simply take on or learn a new hobby,” explained Samantha Rutter, CEO at Open Study College.

“There have been many changes during that time, the last five years in particular has seen the biggest step change in the direction of the business but more so over the last 2 years  – with the transition of my role from COO to CEO and my father taking on chairman responsibility, I have worked together with a refreshed senior management team to develop an ambitious growth plan for the next 3 years. This has allowed us to realise the true growth potential for the business, and as a result many new opportunities are opening up and we are going from strength to strength.

“Of course, continued growth has resulted in a larger team in order to offer the best service to our students. This move to a larger space better accommodates all our current team and provides the necessary room we need to grow in the future, best enabling us to continue putting our students at the heart of everything we do in an environment that reflects our ethos and spirit.”

The new office has been designed to inspire creativity and a positive working environment, incorporating the floor to ceiling windows that overlook green space and pond areas, with modern break-out areas and dedicated down-time spaces, complete with inspirational branded content – all of which is already proving very motivational.

The site is also closer to a selection of amenities, including cafes, outdoor gym and nature trails, which will support the businesses focus on staff wellbeing and boost employee satisfaction.

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Samantha added: “We are incredibly excited about this move and what this signifies in our growth journey. The new space offers ample amenities to give us the base that truly reflects who we are as a business and what we want to achieve with the locality to the NEC and the airport being particularly key in those plans. We are looking forward to making the most of our new office space and in turn providing an even better experience to our students.”

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