Ready for business?

It would appear that English is increasingly the international language of business, which is probably why so many international business schools now only teach in English. Whatever stay you’re at, we can help you up to the next level, whether that’s in general fluency, business-specific language, or specialist terminology you need for your industry.

We can also organise custom programmes for your company, where a number of you attend closed-group classes in the UK.

Business English Courses in England, UK

If you are a business professional or are about to enter the workplace in a new job, ELC has a number of excellent courses to help you gain a good general knowledge and understanding of the use of English in a business environment. We offer core Business English tuition, as well as preparation for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry English for Business examinations. Let us give your business English credentials a real boost!

Course features

  • Warm, welcoming atmosphere
  • All homestays have study facilities
  • Free wifi in all accommodation options
  • You’ll be in a multi-national group for your English classes.
  • Individual tutorial support and consultation with trainers.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • Business lounge with complementary hot drinks.
  • Use of our dedicated business suite to catch up with work.

Where to study Business English in England

Here you can see which courses are available at each of our locations.

If you know where you would like to study, you can choose your course and location here. If not, see our explore the courses below or learn about our locations.

Courses Brighton Chester Eastbourne
General English plus business English for professionals
Business English mini group for professionals
Business English mini group plus one-to-one for professionals
One-to-one plus business English for professionals

Our range of business and specialist programmes

For the time being, our Business English courses in the UK take place in out dedicated space in Brighton. That said, we have a programme in Chester for for working professionals aged 25 or over, though the focus is less on business English, and more for general English for professional situations.

Find your English level

Our language learning levels relate closely to how the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) define them, but with a difference which we have found to help our students at Elementary level.

ELC levelEquivalent CEFR levels
Upper A1 Lower A2

We offer an English level test which anyone can take. It involves 50 questions and, depending on your level, will probably take you from 10 to 20 minutes. At the end of it, we will tell you your probable level.

But when you book, we will ask you to take a more detailed and accurate test, to make sure that you start in the class which is best for you.

Test your English level now

Is a business English course in the UK right for you?

Business English courses in the UK have the added advantage that you can really get a lot of practice between lessons to fil in those gaps in your knowledge, and practise your skills away from colleagues and people you know!

Have a think whether it’s really a business English course you need in the UK, or actually something more general. Do you need to really hone your skills in specific business situations, or is it more the general fluency and grammatical underpinnings you need? If you’re not sure, please do let us know and we’ll help you.

If you look at our programmes, but realise you need something much more customised for you, your team or your organisation, please let us know adn we can have a conversation about it.

Ask us for advice, or for a more customised programme for your company

Cool places that are small enough to be friendly, big enough to be fun

We offer year-round English language courses in three English locations. All our schools are classic, historical buildings with up-to-date, modern language learning facilities, and a warm and friendly welcome.

Map of ELC’s locations in England at Brighton, Chester and Eastbourne, with indications of their distance from major cities, airports and national parks. Brighton and Eastbourne are on the south east coast next door to the South Downs National Park and not far from London Gatwick and London Heathrow airports. Chester just to the east of north Wales is close to Liverpool and Manchester airports and roughly half way between Snowdon National Park and the Peak District National Park. An overlaid scale of 50km helps to show that Brighton and Eastbourne are about 120km from central London, and that Chester is about 35km from central Liverpool and 65km from central Manchester.
A photo of the seafront at Brighton which shows an array of white buildings and the sand-coloured pebble beach. There is a large white ferris wheel in the foreground, and a scattering of people sitting looking out to sea.


Brighton and Hove is a lively, cosmopolitan seaside city of about 300,000 people with a vivid cultural life. It is about 85 km – 1 hour – south of central London and surrounded by the beautiful Sussex countryside. Learn more about Brighton

A photograph of the famous Eastgate clock in Chester which stands high above the road on a section of the Roman walls. The clock has a round white face with black roman numerals and hands, and lots of ornate black metalwork filled in with orange and gold panels. The letters VR are above it, visible against the turquoise dome roof, and the date 1897. This was erected in memory of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee.


Chester is an English city with 2,000 years of heritage, excellent shopping and a lively nightlife. It is 30km from Liverpool and 60km from Manchester – major cities of around half a million people each. Learn more about Chester

A seafront photo of Eastbourne taken from the west side. The pier can be seen jutting out into the sea towards the top of the photo, as the beach extends round to the left and the emerald sea takes up most of the rest of the shot. The sun is shining and the white hotels on the seafront are very noticeable.


Eastbourne is a traditional seaside town that’s regularly the UK’s sunniest place. It is about 120 km from central London. The beautiful South Downs national park rises up directly from the western end of its seafront. Learn more about Eastbourne