Save International House Bristol by giving them Business Rates Relief

Save International House Bristol by giving them Business Rates Relief

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International House Bristol is a long-established language school in Clifton, Bristol.  Since we opened in 1987, we have brought thousands of overseas students to Bristol to study English thereby increasing international awareness of our wonderful city. For more than 3 decades, we have been adding to the cultural diversity of Bristol while helping to improve the lives of all those involved with us: students, host families, local tourist attractions and the city itself.

Language schools bring large amounts of export money into cities. Our international students spend, on average, £500 per week in addition to the fees they pay us. That is almost £1,000,000 that is spent in Bristol because of International House Bristol.  In addition, the majority of our students stay with local families who are dependent on the extra income they earn from hosting.

And all of this could be lost, along with the jobs of those who work for IHB because Bristol City Council have so far failed to recognise that we should receive Business Rates Relief and the associated grants. The City Council is fine with giving such help to massage parlours and betting shops but claim, wrongly, that they cannot extend it to a language school.  Of those councils in England that have language schools, 35% have already given BRR to schools. Let's help Bristol City Council to change its mind and do the same.