20/12/2010

By Max Clarke

On December 29th 2010 it will be ten years since entrepreneur duo, Kirsty Collinson and Rebecca Jordan set up PDC Education, a company dedicated to delivering a fantastic range of education and travel related information online. From advertising companies who offer gap year and voluntary work placements abroad for students and career break travellers, to high quality teaching resources and lesson plans to busy teachers in schools all over the UK, PDC Education helps a broad spectrum of people achieve their goals and improve their working life.

Kirsty Collinson, the Director of PDC Education said: “In this special year we are delighted to be celebrating 10 years of business, and look forward to the future with our exciting programme of new online development to expand our reach, in the national and international markets”.

PDC Education boasts three busy websites, Gapwork.com, Teaching Resources UK and Free-Teaching-Resources.com. Each website is an easy to use, high quality source of information aimed at a well researched and targeted market. Over the past 10 years, PDC Education has grown from strength to strength, providing top quality teaching resources created by Advanced Skills Teachers (ASTs), to thousands of schools throughout the UK. PDC Education also runs a Free Teaching Resources website creating a one-stop-shop for information about, and links to, free teaching resources on the internet.

The travel and gap year website, Gapwork.com began life as the brainchild of Rebecca Jordan and Kirsty Collinson who wanted to offer useful, interesting and important information to backpackers. Starting by selling online advertising to travel companies on the site, the idea, and the product, quickly grew to include an email subscription service for traveller’s jobs and vacancies, and a complete range of printed Gap Work travel guides which were sold in high street book shops, and direct to school libraries.

PDC Education started up by winning investment from YABA, the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels, (www.yaba.org.uk) who helped support the business with advice and practical solutions. PDC Education bought YABA back out of the business a few years later, with a great profit from the partnership. Rebecca Jordan is also involved in extensive enterprise work for universities, and wrote business columns for the Guardian, Yorkshire Post and the Sunday Express. The dynamic duo have also made a TV show called “Being the Boss” for Yorkshire Television, and enjoyed meeting Gordon Brown when they were both ambassadors for the Governments’ Making Your Mark” campaign. Kirsty Collinson judged the Ernest Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and Rebecca Jordan judged the Sunday Express Entrepreneur of the Year Awards too.

PDC Education also has a raft of awards under its belt including:

* Sunday Express, Young Entrepreneur of the Year. 2003 Winner
* Yorkshire Business Insider, Best Start up Business. 2004 Winner
* Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of the Year. 2004 Finalist
* Yorkshire Internet Awards. 2004 Finalist
* Digital Yorkshire Internet Awards 2004. Shortlisted for Best B2C Website