Horwich man makes his fortune running English teaching firm in Thailand

Horwich man makes his fortune running English teaching firm in Thailand

Entrepreneur Ryan Kemp

Ryan Kemp and his girlfriend with their dog outside his mansion

Ryan Kemp and his girlfriend at his poolside

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MEET Ryan Kemp — a Horwich-born entrepreneur who has enjoyed a whirlwind rags-to-riches adventure after moving to Thailand to teach English.

The 26-year-old had already started his own advertising company in the UK, but he moved abroad to escape the troubled British economy during the credit crunch.

He started work as an English teacher but, using his entrepreneurial instinct, soon realised there was an opportunity to build a business in the country.

With a “wealthy partner”, the former Rivington and Blackrod High School student took over the WECI language school which works to fill English teaching positions in Thai schools.

The pair more than doubled the turnover of the business in the first six months.

Mr Kemp grew up in Nuttall Avenue, Horwich, and worked for the Elements nightclub firm before leaving the UK. He said: “My life has changed from the old Bolton days and anyone can do it, particularly if you have a degree.

“In Thailand, for just £600 per month you can eat out every night, be in the classroom teaching in the week and on the beach sunbathing by the weekend.”

Mr Kemp, who speaks fluent Thai, rents a large house for £1,400 a month, but said smaller two-bedroom homes with air conditioning and a garden cost as little as £150 a month.

There is no council tax and utility bills are £60 to £80 a month.

Teachers earn three times as much as the average Thai wage.

The budding businessman, who is also involved in a company based in the Philippines which exports socks to the UK and Europe, said that if people were not scared and were willing to make the move, then they could live like a king. He added: “I speak fluent Thai, but you don’t need to speak the language.

“The girls are also beautiful and well educated. It is not the stereotypical Thailand people envisage.

“The quality of life is far superior pound-for-pound, and my main message is to those graduates that don’t want the typical nine-to-five job to get in touch.

“I am just a young lad from Horwich, but I hope people can learn from me that you can be a success overseas.”

People can email Mr Kemp at wecibusiness@live.com

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8:47am Thu 1 May 14

thomas222 says...

Totally misleading headline yet again. This is nothing more than a recruitment company that finds Western people & charges them financially to work in Thailand. Nothing to do with running schools what so ever.
Totally misleading headline yet again. This is nothing more than a recruitment company that finds Western people & charges them financially to work in Thailand. Nothing to do with running schools what so ever. thomas222
  • Score: 5

9:07am Thu 1 May 14

steveG says...

That's what I need - a wealthy partner.
That's what I need - a wealthy partner. steveG
  • Score: 9

12:49pm Thu 1 May 14

johnnyjackson says...

thomas222 wrote:
Totally misleading headline yet again. This is nothing more than a recruitment company that finds Western people & charges them financially to work in Thailand. Nothing to do with running schools what so ever.
awesome guy.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Totally misleading headline yet again. This is nothing more than a recruitment company that finds Western people & charges them financially to work in Thailand. Nothing to do with running schools what so ever.[/p][/quote]awesome guy. johnnyjackson
  • Score: 0

1:48pm Thu 1 May 14

Zain Khan says...

Good on ya pal
Good on ya pal Zain Khan
  • Score: 3

5:20pm Thu 1 May 14

cranks says...

Sounds great and who can blame anybody for getting out of the ratrace and trying something new? Has soon as i can afford it i will probably be there myself.....but i certainly would not venture there to go working in paddi fields 12 hours a day in 100 degree heat with no healthcare or social fund to fall back on in hard times.....good luck and well done anyway...
Sounds great and who can blame anybody for getting out of the ratrace and trying something new? Has soon as i can afford it i will probably be there myself.....but i certainly would not venture there to go working in paddi fields 12 hours a day in 100 degree heat with no healthcare or social fund to fall back on in hard times.....good luck and well done anyway... cranks
  • Score: 3

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