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COBIS Connect - October 2015

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In This Issue:

1.    Welcome
2.    Dates For Your Diaries
3.    School Member News
4.    New COBIS Member Schools
5.    Professional Development
            • Forthcoming Conferences
6.    COBIS Student Competitions and Events
7.    News from COBIS Schools Around the World
8.    COBIS Services
9.    COBIS Webinars
10.  Supporting Member News
11.  Contact Us

Welcome from Colin Bell, COBIS CEO

Dear Colleague,

This month COBIS celebrates the launch of the first professional development conference for Early Years colleagues - the COBIS EYFS Conference. We are enormously grateful to the team at British Embassy School Ankara for all their work planning and hosting this inaugural event.

COBIS would also like to offer sincere thanks to colleagues from the King’s Group as they host and deliver the COBIS/King’s Group Student Leadership Weekend in Madrid. As a student centred organisation COBIS is delighted to be developing such activities - watch this space! - for students and this event will be the platform to celebrate the publication and distribution of the 3rd edition of the popular World Student Magazine.

This week saw the launch of the 2015 COBIS Annual Research Survey. As you'll appreciate the more schools which participate, the greater the quality of the data which COBIS can produce. A full report will be available to all participating schools, plus data will be used to inform the strategic direction of COBIS and the association’s dynamic Development Plan.

Being a consultative association, COBIS is always looking at ways to develop the COBIS Professional Development offering to make sure that we are providing member schools with relevant, high-quality and cost-effective CPD opportunities. All schools will receive an email this month inviting them to complete the CPD Needs Analysis Questionnaire and we would be grateful if you could share your feedback to help us develop the COBIS Professional Development calendar for 2016/17 and beyond.

Kind regards,


Colin Bell

Dates for Your Diaries

COBIS Student Leadership Weekend
9-11 October 2015
King's College Madrid, Spain

COBIS EYFS Conference
23-24 October 2015
British Embassy School Ankara, Turkey

COBIS/King's Group Professional Development Weekend
6-7 November 2015
King’s College Madrid, Spain

COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff
20-21 November 2015
The British School in The Netherlands, The Hague

    School Member News

    COBIS School Members - Staff Changes

    Additionally to the Welcome List sent out in the September Connect, COBIS is pleased to also welcome the following Principals and Headteachers to COBIS schools. We look forward to working with you:

    COBIS reminds all member schools to notify us of changes to their administrative and senior leadership staff. This will help us to keep key staff up to date with the latest COBIS developments and make it easier to facilitate dialogue with the appropriate person in each school. To inform us of any changes, please email updates@cobis.org.uk.

    COBIS Annual Research Survey 2015 - Share Your School's Story...

    The COBIS Annual Research Survey, delivered in partnership with GL Education, launches on 5 October 2015. All COBIS School heads should look out for an email from GL Education in conjunction with this launch. This email includes unique login details to access the COBIS Annual Research Survey.

    This is an exciting project which will help COBIS to develop a better understanding of the growing global COBIS family of schools, as well as the British international school sector as a whole. The results will support lobbying activities, inform planning for future CPD events, and help facilitate increased school-to-school networking, communication and support. Participating schools will have the opportunity to access benchmarking data as well as tailored reports for Senior Management Teams and Governors.  

    Last year, 47% of schools responded to the survey. This year we would like schools to help us reach a target of at least 65% participation. For more information, please click here.

    Four COBIS Schools Nominated for British International School of the Year 2015

    COBIS would like to congratulate all four COBIS schools nominated in the British International School of the Year award category at the TES Independent School Awards 2015. The Alice Smith School in Malaysia, The British School in Tokyo, the British School Jakarta and Transylvania College, Romania have all been nominated for this prestigious award.

    The awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 27 November 2015. COBIS would like to wish each school the best of luck and congratulate pupils, staff and parents for their contribution to helping their schools achieve these nominations.

    More information about the Independent School Awards can be found here.

    COBIS School Alumnus Becomes Denmark's First Astronaut

    One of the former students of Rygaards International School has become Denmark’s first astronaut. Andreas Mogensen blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6.30am on 2 September 2015 to commence a ten-day mission on the International Space Station. Mogensen graduated from the international section of the school in 1993 and went on to be selected by the ESA as an astronaut in 2009. The school are tremendously proud of him and celebrated his achievement on the day he took off. 

    Please click here for a link to the full article and video footage of the take-off.

    Panamanian Ambassador Inaugurates the Victoria Scholarship at King's College Saint Michael's

    King's College Saint Michael's, UK was delighted to host a visit from the Ambassador of the Republic of Panama, His Excellency Daniel Fábrega, last month. Ambassador Fábrega was at the College to inaugurate the Victoria Scholarship for Panamanian students. The scholarship, offered by the King's Group, will enable a Panamanian student from a humble background to pursue their studies at Saint Michael's.

    During his visit, Ambassador Fábrega was given a tour of the school campus by Sir Roger Fry CBE (Chairman and Founder of the King's Group and COBIS Honorary President), MJ Holloway OBE (King's Group Board member and former British Ambassador to the UK) and Stuart Higgins (Principal of King's College Saint Michael's.) The ambassador also hosted a lively question and answer session with the Year 12 and 13 Business Studies and Economics students. Click here to read the full news post.

    AMC Invite Delegates to Attend Securing Schools Seminar

    COBIS Supporting Member Anthony Millard and the AMC team have the pleasure of inviting you to join them for the Special Seminar: Securing Schools at the Royal Overseas League on Tuesday 10 November 2015.  The day will be an opportunity to explore Prevent Duty and to make prudent provision for the protection of schools from the threats of extremism and terrorism.

    Speakers include:

    • Sir Roger Tomkys, KCMG - Welcome and Introductory remarks
    • John Clarke, Partner in Stone King - Prevent Duty - addressing extremism in UK schools
    • Colin Bell, CEO COBIS - Protecting International Schools
    • Brian Mitchell, Lead Producer, CrisisCast - Making Schools Safer: protection and contingency planning

    Please click here to read the seminar brochure. For more information please contact Becky at Anthony Millard - becky@anthonymillard.co.uk

    COBIS World Student Magazine Invites Students to Submit Articles

    The editorial team at COBIS World Student magazine is looking for students and schools to submit articles inspired by their views and experiences for the January 2016 issue. They are looking for longer articles (800-1000 words), but also shorter (250 words) news stories from schools. Please email Samantha Wilkins- editor@world-student.com if you have any questions or would like to submit an article. The deadline for articles is 16 November 2015.



    New COBIS School Members

    BritAcademy, Romania

    COBIS is delighted to welcome a new Candidate School in Bucharest, Romania into membership. The BritAcademy opened its doors in September 2015 with 22 pupils aged 2.5 - 6.

    On accepting COBIS membership, Headteacher Andreea Golita said, “We are excited to be part of the COBIS network and we consider this affiliation as an opportunity  to strengthen our commitment to provide quality services in education. We are ready to embark on this new learning adventure and we are positive that the relationship we have formed will be long lasting and prosperous, with COBIS adding value to our core ethos.” 

    COBIS would like to welcome all the staff and pupils at the BritAcademy into COBIS membership.

    El Limonar International School Murcia, Spain

    COBIS would like to welcome El Limonar International School Murcia in Spain as a COBIS Member school. The school is part of the Cognita group of schools and currently has over 600 pupils on role, aged between 3 and 18.

    Chris Eversden, Principal at the school said upon accepting membership, “We are very excited about the opportunities that COBIS membership offers our school and, on a more personal note, I am very much looking forward to meeting you and to having the chance to share ELIS best practice with other COBIS member schools.”

    On behalf of COBIS, welcome to staff and students at El Limonar International School Murcia.

    Kids' Academy Primary School and Preschool, Poland

    The Kids' Academy Primary School and Preschool in Warsaw, Poland has recently been approved by the COBIS Membership Committee as a COBIS Candidate School. The school is the seventh COBIS member school in Poland and our third in Warsaw.

    COBIS would like to welcome the staff and pupils at the Kids' Academy Primary School and Preschool into COBIS membership.

    Congratulations to our COBIS Accredited Member Schools

    COBIS would like to congratulate the following schools which have been approved for COBIS Accredited Membership following successful BSO inspections:

    British School of Alexandria, Egypt

    St Andrew’s School Turi, Kenya

    COBIS would also like to congratulate all staff and students at The Alice Smith School, Malaysia which has retained COBIS Accredited Membership following another successful BSO inspection. Well done to all concerned on this fantastic achievement.

    Professional Development

    2015/16 COBIS CPD Calendar 

    The 2015/16 COBIS CPD Calendar includes a range of courses and conferences for:

    Please click here for a list of the high-quality professional development opportunities that COBIS will be running for the next Academic Year 2015/16. Booking is open for the conferences below:

    October 2015 

    November 2015 

    March 2016

    Forthcoming Conferences

    COBIS EYFS Conference, Ankara


    23-24 October 2015
    British Embassy School Ankara, Turkey

    Teachers and Support Staff working in the Early Years are invited to attend the first COBIS EYFS Conference that will be hosted by British Embassy School Ankara. The programme includes a fantastic range of speakers as well as workshops to share good practice and networking opportunities to share experiences with colleagues from around the globe. There will also be an optional 2 day post-conference Paediatric First Aid Course on 25-26 October. The theme of the conference is taken from the keynote session presented by Shonette Bason-Wood, “Permission to be Brilliant”. We hope all delegates will leave not only with permission but also with the confidence and inspiration to be brilliant in that most fundamentally important stage of a child’s education.

    For more information about the program, hotel bookings, speakers, and Ankara please see the conference website. Please click here to book your place.

    COBIS/King's Professional Development Weekend, Madrid, Spain


    6-7 November 2015
    King's College, Madrid

    Teachers and Teaching Assistants from Primary and Secondary Schools are invited to register for the COBIS/King's Group Professional Development Weekend, hosted by King's College, Madrid. Building on the success of previous Teachers' Conferences hosted by King's Group, this 2-day event includes a host of excellent speakers and workshop presenters. This year’s Keynote speaker is Mungo Dunnett who will be giving a plenary session on “Key Determinants of Parental Satisfaction with Private Schools”. With over 30 educational experts, trainers and facilitators involved, the Professional Development Weekend offers something for everyone: School Improvement and Excellence, Leadership and Management, ICT and elearning, Coaching , Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness, Outdoor Learning, SEN, co-curriculum, etc.  We are confident that the weekend will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an excellent opportunity for development, networking and sharing best practice.

    For more information, please click here.  To book your place before Monday 19 October, please click here.

    2nd COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff


    20-21 November 2015
    The Hague, The Netherlands

    Delegates are invited to book their place for the second COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff in British International Schools, which will be held at The British School in The Netherlands, 20-21 November 2015. This two-day training and networking event will include plenary sessions and practical workshops on a range of topics: Strategic planning & management; School budgeting; Developing school management; Recruitment solutions; Schools of the future and more. The conference is sponsored by WCBS International. The delegate fee is €350 for COBIS Members and €450 for non-COBIS Members. For further details and booking forms, please click here.  

    St Paul's School Education Conference in association with COBIS

    19-20 March 2016
    St Paul's School, São Paulo, Brazil

    Booking is now open for the St Paul's School Education Conference in association with COBIS. Following the tremendous success of the last two conferences, St Paul's School is proud to announce its Third Education Conference: Nurturing Every Child. Taking place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2016, with pre-conference workshops on Friday 18th March, this promises to be a stimulating, thought-provoking and exciting conference for those involved in education.

    Early bird reduced rates are available until 1 November 2015. Please find a link to the registration page here or contact conference@stpauls.br

    COBIS Student Competitions and Events 

    Registration for the COBIS Student Games and Student World Debate Competition has now closed. A live draw involving all schools who had registered for the COBIS Student Games took place this Wednesday. To watch the recording and view the full list of participating schools, please click here.

    The autumn Competitions Newsletter will be sent out this month with information on themes for competitions, opening and closing dates and how schools can take part. 

    Student Competition and Events Dates For Your Diary 2015/2016

    Below are the proposed dates and deadlines for all COBIS Competitions and Events for the next academic year: 

    Autumn Term 

    Spring Term

    Summer Term

    COBIS/King's Group Student Leadership Weekend, Madrid – 9-11 October 2015

    We hope all students attending the Student Leadership Weekend at King's College Madrid this weekend thoroughly enjoy the programme and find the weekend to be highly beneficial. 

    News From COBIS Schools Around the World

    Alice Smith School’s Rising Stars

    Students at Alice Smith School in Malaysia achieved incredible A-level results this year, ranking them with many of the best schools in UK including the independent sector. 78% of the grades achieved were A*, A or B and at I/GCSE level, 63% of all grades were A* or A grades. 

    These achievements reflect the very high standards and expectations for teaching and learning and the calibre and ability of the student body at the Alice Smith School. Accredited as a British School Overseas by the Department for Education in London and awarded a full membership certification by COBIS, our A Level programme is very successful and includes the AQA Baccalaureate, a qualification which recognises and celebrates achievements beyond traditional academics. We invest considerable time in supporting and preparing students for their transition to higher education and we have close links with reputable universities for placements,” said Roger Schultz, Head of School.

    The majority of graduating students from Year 13 receive first choice placements in excellent universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, and UCL. To read more about the Alice Smith School's Rising Stars, please click here.


    Byron College is First School in Greece to Host the Magna Carta

    This year commemorates the 800th year of the legacy of the Magna Carta, one of the most famous documents in the world. For this occasion, the facsimile of the Magna Carta is touring across the world and COBIS Accredited Member school Byron College had the privilege of being the first school in Greece to host this historic document.

    On 14 September, a representative from the British Embassy in Athens, as well as colleagues from the local British Council, delivered the facsimile to Byron College. It was on display in the school's office and was available for pupils, staff, parents and visitors to the school to view for two weeks. 

    In addition to this, Byron College was announced as the winner of the British Council's International School Award 2015-2018. The award is a prestigious badge of honour for schools delivering a British/International curriculum as it validates their international work against a globally recognised standard and benchmark. COBIS would like to congratulate all at Byron College for this outstanding recognition.  The full newspost can be read here. For more information about the British Council International School Award, please click here.

    Doha College Announces World Class Examination Results For 2015

    Doha College is delighted to report that students performed exceptionally well in all areas of their IGCSE and A-level examinations.  At IGCSE 96.9% of their students achieved 5 - A* to C grades with 62.3% securing 5 or more A* to A grades. The A-level the results were equally impressive with 88.3% achieving A* - C. These figures put Doha College comfortably in the top one hundred UK schools bracket, a measure associated with an outstanding school.  With excellent examination results, 95% of their 6th Form leavers are now heading off to university to continue their studies.   

    Dr Steffen Sommer, Doha College’s new Principal, explained: “We are extremely proud of the wonderful results our students achieved at IGCSE and A-level. These impressive results are a combination of excellent teaching from our staff, strong support from home and a dedicated approach to their studies from our students. This year we saw a significant number of students scoring 100% in individual units of their examinations, which is a remarkable achievement.”

    Outstanding IGCSE Results For The British International School of Kuala Lumpur

    Students from The British International School of Kuala Lumpur are celebrating another year of exam success. Last term, students from Year 9 and 10 sat 66 IGCSE papers in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Bahasa and Mathematics, achieving 61 A* and 4 A grades between them.

    These outstanding results are testament to the students' hard work and to the dedication of their teaching staff. A number of students are now entering Year 11 having already secured 3 A* GCSE grades. These early exam entries have provided invaluable experience and a significant confidence boost ahead of the main examination season. The school offer a warm congratulations to all the successful students and wish them every success as they move into their final year of IGCSE.  

    The British School Kathmandu Signs a Memorandum of Understanding

    On 18 September, The British School Kathmandu and the Education Department Government Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the rebuilding of Gayetri Devi, Shree Rudrakanya, and Shree Khanigau Primary Schools. This contract confirms the school's commitment to the rebuilding process and also allows them to work in partnership with the Government of Nepal.

    An estimated 35000 classrooms were destroyed and the education of more than 1 million children was disrupted by the earthquakes of 25 April and 12 May 2015. The rebuilding efforts of the school and of their supporters around the world will allow students of Gayetri Devi, Shree Rudrakanya and Shree Khanigau Primary Schools to return to normal school days as soon as possible. The British School Kathmandu are proud to be one of the first rebuilding partners and are thankful to all their donors around the world for the support. They are looking forward to “breaking ground” and starting construction very soon.

    St George's International School Celebrate 25th Anniversary

    The Friends of St George’s International School, Luxembourg organised a ‘Welcome to the New School Year’ event with entertainment, refreshments and fun for all the family planned. This event also marked the start of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the school.

    The aim of the event was to provide new and existing families with information about the various clubs, associations and services that are available in the wider community. There were stalls and representatives from dance, yoga, fitness and sports clubs, information and media organisations as well as support networks, charities and social groups. Additionally, there was also an opportunity for new members of the St George’s community to meet with those who have more experience of Luxembourg and the community at large.

    International School of Bucharest Build Water Well for Kenyan Community

    Students from the International School of Bucharest students have joined the Clean Water Project campaign and managed to raise 5000$ which was used to build a water well for a community in Kenya.

    The senior students raised money by organising Coin Challenge contest and Bake Sales at the school. The Parent Teacher Association donated a substantial amount of money raised during the Summer Fair to support this cause. Together, they built a water well which has the school’s name on it. The school have received an appreciation certificate signed by Kimse Yok Mu (KYM) Foundation in the name of the Kenyan community. The campaign was initiated by Kimse Yok Mu (KYM) who built water wells in 18 countries, offering access to clean water to 3 million people, vegetation and animals through this campaign. International School of Bucharest would like thank everybody involved in the success of the project and COBIS would like to congratulate the school for their efforts.

    Aloha College Academic Results 2015

    Once again Aloha College students have excelled in their examination results, receiving a 100% pass rate in A-level, 97.3% in IB Diploma and 98% gaining five or more IGCSE’s at A*-C. In IB, 3 students achieved 40 points or higher which placed them above 96% of students worldwide. The average point score was 33.3, situating Aloha College alongside some of the best schools in the world.  Pictured right: Fabienne-Louise Banghard who scored 42 points in IB out of a maximum 45. This places her in the top 2% of students worldwide and pictured below: Zhino Zargari passed 3 A Levels and will go to study Law at the University of Westminster, London. COBIS would like to congratulate students on achieving such fantastic results.

    COBIS Services

    COBIS Consultancy Service

    If your school has specific CPD needs that would be best addressed by having training delivered by an external trainer or consultant in your school, then the COBIS Consultancy Service can help. COBIS Schools can submit a request for consultancy or training via the COBIS website. The consultancy request will be shared with some of the quality-assured consultants and training providers in the COBIS database and the school will then receive proposals from individuals or companies who would be able to deliver the training within the school’s proposed budget and timeline. There is no cost for COBIS Schools wishing to use this service. 

    COBIS Consultancy can also offer schools support with BSO inspections. This can include a mock run through BSO inspection in preparation for the real event.

    For more information visit the COBIS website or email consultancy@cobis.org.uk.

    COBIS Leadership Mentoring and Support Service

    For Senior Leaders looking for more tailored, personalised CPD, the Leadership Mentoring and Support Service offers the opportunity to work with a trained mentor with successful experience of the professional challenges in the international school environment. For more information visit the COBIS website or email mentoring@cobis.org.uk 

    COBIS Webinars

    The COBIS webinar schedule for Autumn 2015/16 is available on the COBIS website here. COBIS has now delivered over 30 webinars on a range of topics relevant to all members of the school workforce. 

    Past webinar recordings are available in the COBIS Member Area. Should you require your login details for the Member Area, please contact intern@cobis.org.uk.

    Supporting Member News

    New Supporting Members

    Cambridge Dream – School Trips

    Founder Laura Davies said upon becoming a COBIS supporting member, “We are delighted to be joining the COBIS family and would welcome the opportunity to talk with any interested schools about designing an exciting summer study course, which enhances their students’ learning and helps them apply successfully to a top UK university.”

    Consilium Education - Consultancy and Professional Development

    inspiresport - School Trips

    Hable - ICT

    Snowtraxx International – School Trips

    Future Foundations Training Ltd – Student Development

    COBIS Attend ISC Going Global Seminar

    COBIS Communications and Membership Officer Natalie Friend and COBIS CPD and Events Officer Amy Carter were delighted to be invited by ISC Research to attend their Going Global seminar on Tuesday 22 September 2015. The event was attended by around 25 delegates interested in expanding their businesses overseas. Natalie spoke at the event on the support available for British education suppliers going global.

    COBIS would like to thank colleagues at ISC Research for their kind invitation to speak at this event.

    Titus Learning eLearning Survey

    COBIS Supporting Member Titus Learning have designed a short survey on how international schools are using online learning platforms to support teaching and learning, with a focus on identifying how providers can better support and develop their platforms to meet schools’ needs.

    The survey is available via the link below and in return for participation, Titus Learning are offering each respondent an advance copy of the report as well as a copy of their PDF guide on “Setting up and preparing a VLE for school closures”.

    Whether it’s due to extreme weather, security risks or an outbreak of illness, a school closure is when a VLE really comes into its own. To make sure you’re prepared for a school closure, and the risk of an interruption in learning that comes with it, follow Titus Learning’s six-step guide and create your emergency plan.

    To access the survey, click here: http://www.tituslearning.com/lms-survey/

    Assistant Headteacher Turned Entrepreneur Recognised for Great British Entrepreneur Awards

    Naimish Gohil from COBIS Supporting Member Show My Homework, is delighted to be nominated for the Start Up Awards by the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Show My Homework is the UK’s no.1 online homework software, currently used by 1 in 3 English Secondary Schools. London raised Gohil, thought of the idea when he was working as an Assistant Headteacher and was frustrated that there was no easy way to track the quality and quantity of homework set and submitted.

    Naimish commented: "It’s a real honour to be recognised for my efforts as an entrepreneur, but this hasn’t been a solo effort. I’m proud to say that Show My Homework has a great team working behind it, and has had a great deal of support from our partners at COBIS and of course our customers. To be shortlisted has really put everything into perspective ... 2015 has been an amazing year for Show My Homework; we’ve scaled up to 2.5 million users and are starting our next adventure breaking into the US. To win this award would just be the cherry on top of a very challenging and rewarding year!"

    COBIS would like to congratulate all at Show My Homework for this fantastic achievement. The Great British Entrepreneur Awards will take place on 25 November at the Ballroom Southbank, Central London. 

    Hable Help COBIS Create A Serverless Head Office

    Supporting Member Hable enabled COBIS to set up our online Microsoft Office 365 this summer. This means that wherever COBIS Head Office staff are, we have consistent access to all of our files and information. Thanks to Hable, we are now a “Serverless” office.  To read the COBIS & the Serverless Office blog post, please click here.

    If you are a COBIS member school needing help with your cloud strategy, or you’re a small organisation who wants to become Serverless, then please get in touch with Hable: info@hable.co.uk

    New Education in an International Context Undergraduate Degree 

    The University of Bath is excited to announce the new Education in an International Context undergraduate master's degree in the Department of Education.

    This degree focuses on examining global dimensions of education in both national and international education settings. Students will engage with international issues in education and explore fundamental concerns about education’s relationship with social justice, equality, inequality, social mobility and globalisation within the units on the programme in a comparative and international context. This undergraduate master's degree (offered as a BSc or MSci) incorporates an optional professional placement, where students will gain valuable work experience that provides a competitive edge in the employment market.

    Please visit their website to find out more or contact them on: admissions@bath.ac.uk +44 (0) 1225 383019

    Staff at Teachers International Consultancy Cycle for Nepal

    The staff of Supporting Member Teachers International Consultancy (TIC) joined together recently for a charity bike ride to raise money for The British School of Kathmandu Nepal Earthquake Appeal. TIC is one of the world’s leading companies for international school teacher recruitment and works directly with many British schools overseas including The British School of Kathmandu. When the school in Nepal announced an appeal to support local schools and communities devastated by the earthquake, TIC and its employees jumped in to help. The sponsored cycle ride was just one of the activities the team has undertaken to raise funds.

    TIC’s Managing Director Andrew Wigford, an ex-international school Headteacher said, “For some of the TIC team it was their first time on a bike in many years. Everyone managed to complete the 13.5km course – although it was the furthest many had ever ridden!”
 TIC’s cycle challenge raised £971 towards the appeal which is helping local communities and schools affected by the earthquake that occurred in April which killed over 6,000 people, injured 14,000 and affected 8 million. Over 1.7 million children were in the worst hit areas. TIC has been supporting the British School of Kathmandu Nepal Earthquake Appeal since it was established at the time of the disaster, raising almost £4,000 towards the cause. 

    To read more about the support the British School of Kathmandu is providing, go to www.tbskathmandu.org

    Learn About How UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Can Help You to Grow Your Business

    COBIS has recently been approved as a UKTI Trade Challenge Partner, working closely with UKTI to provide our supporting members with expert international trade advice and practical support. In order to provide our members with more information about the support available to them through UKTI, we have updated the COBIS website with full details here. Support available includes:

    A useful guide to the basics of exporting can be found on the UKTI website here.

    COBIS encourages our supporting members to look at the services available to them through UKTI. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Friend – members@cobis.org.uk

    Contact Us

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