Business update – new era for Open Study College

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Following a year of huge growth, the next generation of our family-owned and run business are now the principal drivers taking it forward into its 16th year.

Our Co-founder and former Chairman, Mark Rutter, who this year celebrates 30 years in the distance learning sector, will be assuming a new role as Non-Executive Director. Meanwhile, his wife, Lisa, will be stepping back from her role as Director, allowing their daughters and the next generation of the Rutter family, Samantha, and Shawna, to lead the business forward, continuing as CEO and Director respectively.

These organisational changes coincide with our 15th anniversary, which has seen us reach our 110,000th student milestone, increase turnover from £5m to nearly £6.5m, and increase operating profits tenfold over the last decade from £200,000.

Mark commented: “It’s been an incredible period of celebrations both for us as a business honouring our 15th anniversary, but for me personally too as I celebrate 30 years in the distance learning sector. Back in 2007, we had an idea to provide high-quality and affordable distance learning courses and believing in this dream, we made the tough decision to sell our family home to fund our start-up. It all began from our garage, printing and despatching just a few courses a week.

“Fast forward to today, we now have over 750 courses, two offices, 55 employees, and more than 100 tutors. But most importantly, we have helped over 110,000 students to achieve their goals and improve their lives. As a family-founded business, I’m proud to have worked alongside my wife, daughters, and other family members. Together, we have in excess of 80 years of experience in the industry and I have every confidence in the next generation of my family seeing us through another magnificent 15 years and beyond.”

Co-founder and CEO, Samantha, said: “This year has been an instrumental one for the business. We’ve heavily invested in our technology, systems, and people – making sure we’re set up for the future and have the best, seamless learning experience for our students as we enter the next stage. As a leader in this market, Mark has solidified our status in the education sector. We’ve learned so much from our father and will continue to lean on his expertise, guidance, and advice.”

Specialising in fully supported, high-quality education since 2007, we offer the largest selection of distance learning courses in the market and work with over 70 tutors globally. With family at the heart, an ethos set from the get-go, we are firmly focussed on inclusivity, believing that everyone should have access to education.

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