Small Business Saturday

Rob Marris and Lorna Mitchell at the Language Studio

For Small Business Saturday, as local MP and as Shadow Treasury I visited the Language Studio in Darlington Street Wolverhampton, above Make & Mend.  It was recently opened by Lorna Mitchell from Wednesfield.

The first independent language centre in Wolverhampton, the Language Studio provides classes in French, Spanish, Italian, and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).  It covers learners of all abilities, from Beginners to Intermediate to Advanced.

For a young woman, the ambitious founder already has an impressive history. Ms Mitchell attended Perry Hall Primary and Wednesfield High School, and then Wolverhampton College, and Wolverhampton University.  She went on to achieve a Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELTA) from Cambridge University, and then a Masters in Linguistics.  She subsequently taught at the University of Birmingham, and managed ESOL courses at Birmingham City University. 

After she found it difficult to obtain employment in teaching elsewhere, Ms Mitchell established her small business, after undergoing a 5-day enterprise course run by the Prince’s Trust, and with a loan from Start-up Direct. 

After I visited the Language Studio on Small Business Saturday, I observed:

“The entrepreneurship and determination shown by Lorna Mitchell in the setting up of this business is impressive.  She spotted a market niche, and went for it.  Small businesses like hers are crucial to the UK economy, and I am pleased that Lorna has chosen to stay and base her business in Wolverhampton.  We need to retain our well-educated young people in the city, where their skills, innovation, and investment is very much needed.  I wish Lorna all the best with her new venture.” 

At the Language Studio, 16-week courses cost £145, and more information can be found by calling 01902 300300 or by emailing

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