A digital learning system created to support dyslexic children has become such an international success that the business has moved to an office in Bristol city centre.
Nessy Learning was founded by Mike Jones, who is himself dyslexic and had such difficulty learning through traditional teaching methods that his mother Pat, a qualified teacher, withdrew him from school and educated him herself.
Her early intervention helped Mike to go on to excel and he went to university to study law, and Pat went on to establish the Bristol Dyslexia Centre which enabled other children to benefit from her teaching methods, and resulted in her being awarded an OBE.
Instead of embarking on a legal career, Mike decided to work at Bristol Dyslexia Centre, and in 2000 brought a digital dimension to his mother’s successful teaching methods by creating a cartoon-based software and online resource called Nessy Learning, which are now used in over 15,000 schools worldwide and have won three Educational Resources Awards.
The worldwide expansion has resulted in Nessy Learning moving from its base at Bristol Dyslexia Centre to new offices on the 6th floor of Royal London Buildings in Baldwin, taking on a five-year lease. Colliers International and GVA jointly represented the landlord, and Nessy Learning was unrepresented.
Mike, CEO of Nessy Learning, said: “Nessy is expanding across the world. We were recently featured on Australian TV, have a Nessy Learning Center in Texas and a rapidly growing Facebook fan group in Taiwan.
“This has meant we needed to move to bigger premises, and we have taken this opportunity to make sure that our new offices reflect the ethos of Nessy Learning so there is are furry walls, Nessy characters and a yeti hut.
“Nessy Learning is gaining a reputation for getting exceptional results with all children in the classroom, dyslexic and non-dyslexic alike, and we are constantly developing new content and lessons. No other educational software company in the world is using the HTML5 platform to teach children to read.”