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11 March 2019

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A-Level and GCSE Business Trip to Belgium

In February, CIC Business students took the opportunity to explore yet another Western European country. Belgium is known as the home of international organisations such as the European Union and NATO, but also famous for its history and typical Renaissance architecture. Just over 2 hours away from London St. Pancreas, the capital of Belgium, Brussels, was a starting point for this subject-specific trip. On the first day, students visited the European Commission, and listened to a presentation about EU countries and how their governments operate. 

CIC Students Visiting the European Commission

The second day was filled with exciting factory visits. Our first stop was at the Stella Artois brewery where students had the chance to learn more about the entire process from manufacturing and brewing to the final worldwide distribution of their products, together with history of the brand. Interestingly, there were hardly any workers in the factory as it was all operated by modern technology and machinery producing large quantities of beer. Apart from the production process, our guide also explained how essential beer quality control is in order to maintain a strong brand image. It was a great example of a successful business and all the hard work behind this brand.

Students in Stella Artois Brewery     Stella Artois Tour in Brussels

It would not be a complete trip to Belgium if there was not a visit to a chocolate factory! The Concept Chocolate factory tour provided students with a great insight into another type of business and production steps, where workers come more into play. More importantly, students also tried various types of delicious Belgian chocolate and made their own samples too.

Concept Chocolate Factory Tour     Student and teacher making their own chocolate samples

On the third day, our Business group visited the port of Antwerp, which is one of the most important and globalised ports in the world. The group learned about the distribution of food products through cargo ships as well as in factories. Not only did they have a presentation during which they got to know the history of the port, but they also had a walk around the entire location and saw how organised the transportation section was, as well as how the stock was stored. The memorable highlight of the tour was definitely the fact that it costs only £20 to export 200,000 phones. Apart from the port, the city of Antwerp is famous for its Diamond Quarter, the largest diamond district in the world with a turnover of 41 billion pounds. CIC students experienced a great tour through the largest diamond showroom in Antwerp, saw diamond polishers and goldsmiths at work, and also had some of the best diamonds in their own hands.

Tour at the port of Antwerp     Tour at the port of Antwerp

CIC students visiting Diamondland in Antwerp      CIC student holding real diamonds

Before students got on the train back to London, they went to the National Bank of Belgium Museum where they were shown how and where the euro bank notes are made, learned about different currencies and the history behind them.

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