Tim Penn, Founder of Signature Leather, visited the school on Friday 15th January at the invitation of Miss J. McAllister, head of MFL. He had a positive and important message - that languages and business go hand in hand!
Tim, also a qualified teacher (PGCE) delivered his message through amusing and thought provoking anecdotes using both his background and career in business and sport. As a former jockey Tim was based for one year in Chantilly near Paris.
He underlined that it was his ability to speak French and later German that enabled him to break into new markets, meet clients and establish strong relationships across diverse cultures.
As well as enthusing the pupils, Tim was very keen to show them how getting the gist is what is essential when communicating in a foreign language. His company’s world-wide sales are generated through close collaboration and partnership with partners in Germany, Hong Kong and North America with Japan and China next on the list of target markets.