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Pinguís English successfully launches in Brazil helped by UKTI

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Linguaphone Group uses UKTIís OMIS service to find a local partner to develop exports of their Pinguís English language course product in Brazil.

Linguaphone Group launched Pinguís English at the ABF Franchising Expo Fair in Center Norte, Sao Paulo with the help of their new Brazilian partner Grupo Prepara.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) introduced Linguaphone Group to Grupo Prepara as part of the Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) they undertook towards the end of 2013.

Derek Price, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Linguaphone Group said:

We are delighted with the help and support we have received from UKTI and greatly value the assistance they have provided us in Brazil, which has led to our new partnership with Grupo Prepara.

UKTI always provide invaluable on-the-ground support and local knowledge, which we have found invaluable when approaching new markets.

Pinguís English

Pinguís English is a centre based language course which teaches children English using the television character Pinguô and his friends.

Matt Brown, Head of Business Development for Linguaphone Group, said:

For children growing up with the 21st Century there has never been a more important time to learn English. Pinguís English combines a high quality English course with the entertainment value of the character of Pingu allowing children to learn through play.

With something like 30 million children in Brazil there is a huge untapped market for Pinguís English and with an excellent partner like Grupo Prepara we are in a great position to exploit that market.

Launch success

Grupo Prepara received a high level of enquiries from potential investors at the ABF show, and are now looking to progress with their unit franchisee expansion plan for 2015 to 2016.

Rogerio Gabriel, CEO of Grupo Prepara, said:

Weíve been happy with the first steps weíve made to launch Pinguís English in Brazil.

From the architectural design of the centres to the quality and effectiveness of the method that is winning over the Brazilian investors and parents alike, we are certain that Pinguís English will be a success throughout Brazil.

Linguaphone Groupís top tips for exporting:

Ensure you brief UKTI thoroughly to make best use of OMIS

Prepare a detailed written brief for your OMIS. Follow it up with a skype or phone call to the local officer who will be directly working on the report.

You may need to make more than one call to ensure they fully understand your business and what your objectives are. Make it very clear the sort of businesses you do not wish to be introduced to, to avoid wasting time later.

Be patient

Be prepared for many conversations, and travel to see your prospects more than once.

Often it can take many months to seal a deal, and no amount of impatience on your part will make things go quicker.

Acknowledge cultural differences

A different business etiquette exists in every market and it is important that you are aware of this, and respect it.

It is also vital to realise the importance of taking the time to get to know your prospect - they need to feel they can trust you and that they like you. Be sociable and show an interest in the culture and traditions of the country you are visiting, and accept social invitations from your host.

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