Berlitz language school goes bankrupt in Benelux region

Berlitz language school goes bankrupt in Benelux region
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Anyone keen to hone their language skills in Belgium can no longer use Berlitz School of Languages of Benelux after it was declared bankrupt on Tuesday. The language school, which employed some 40 people, immediately ended its operations.

The school was founded in 1926 and located in Auderghem. It offered training in a dozen languages, including English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Korean.

These courses, given according to the Berlitz method, were intended for adults as well as children and adolescents. In addition, the company offered training workshops in communication, management & leadership and cultural diversity. Berlitz offered classes in Antwerp, Bastogne, Brussels and Liège.

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According to data from Belgian Monitor, the company made a profit of €474,865 in 2020 but was struggling with negative assets of €2.9 million. The school battled a colossal debt of €3.8 million.

Although Berlitz's Belgian activities have come to an end, the school is still running in other European countries. Berlitz was founded in 1878 in Rhode Island in the US, with operations quickly spreading across the world.

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