International House Sydney

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Our COVID-19 Export Capital Facility helped education business International House Sydney (IH Sydney) run their business with confidence during these uncertain times.

IH Sydney runs English language courses and business vocational courses for overseas students, as well as teacher training courses. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, no new international students were arriving. This impacted their revenue, with the business relying on their vocational and teacher training courses to keep operating.

Tim Eckenfels, CEO of IH Sydney learned about us through the peak industry body English Australia. Initially, the business secured finance from the government and their bank. When they needed additional finance to keep their operations running, they approached us for support.

“We’re still getting applications from overseas students who want to be ready when the borders open,” said Tim. “I wanted to make certain that if JobKeeper ends, or there's a continued delay on international flights, I can have my 170 employees on board and keep the business moving forward.”

Peace of mind for the future

IH Sydney’s General Manager, Fernando Passarelli, discussed this situation with our Business Development team. Our Associate Director, Michael Reznikov encouraged him to apply for our COVID-19 Export Capital Facility (COVID-19 Facility). The COVID-19 Facility enables us to support established businesses in sectors like education and tourism, to get through the COVID-19 crisis.

Michael reviewed IH Sydney’s business plan and helped put together a finance plan to keep the business growing. They had been expanding their Darwin campus and exploring opportunities in the Gold Coast when the pandemic began. Thanks to the security our loan has provided, they could now continue their expansion strategy.

“We had no problems paying for our Darwin campus fit out with cash from this loan behind us,” explained Tim. “There's no stress on the business – we have peace of mind knowing we can ride though whatever comes our way.”

Tim is confident that when international flights resume and overseas students start coming again, they’ll be able to hit the ground running.

“With the support of Export Finance Australia, we could ensure we remained cash flow positive and continue to move forward with our expansion plans. We are now in a strong position to welcome future international students to Australia.”

“With the support of Export Finance Australia, we could ensure we remained cash flow positive and continue to move forward with our expansion plans. We are now in a strong position to welcome future international students to Australia.” Tim Eckenfels, CEO, IH Sydney