Friends of The Children of Orissa


Starting to research the registered charity ‘Friends of The Children of Orissa’ – a charity which supports a school in the Indian state of Orissa (now known as ‘Odisha’). The schoolchildren are rescued from streets and railway stations, and are saved from horror including physical abuse, rape and murder. The films ‘Lion’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ give some idea.

I am hoping to raise money for this charity during the Spring of 2018 – watch this space, but in the meantime, do as I have done – consult the charty website at and donate this Festive Season. Every penny donated goes towards the education and well-being of the children. Unlike with most larger well-known charities, no money from these donations is spent on administration or any other overhead.

Best Wishes for 2018 – please look at the website, and make a donation now. Thank you.

Ian Tait

22 December 2017

July 2017 CIPS Exam Results


97% of the candidates taking the July 2017 examinations at our Exam Centre in Croydon, taught by us between May and July 2017, passed their exams. Yes, 97%. Sixty-six per cent achieved a Merit or Distinction.

Well done, congrats, thank you.

Student Success in March and May 2017 CIPS exams


According to figures released by CIPS, over 94% of our school’s candidates passed the March 2017 CIPS exams at our East Croydon exam centre, with almost half of those achieving a Distinction. A candidate needs to score over 75% in these 3-hour unseen written examinations to achieve a Distinction. These results cover CIPS Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma. Well done to students and tutors alike! Remarkable results.

A similar tale for the May 2017 exam results. Again very very strong exam results. Thanks to all students (and tutors) for the hard work which produces these results. A thanks for the many e-mails for thanking us…

Largest CIPS Exam Week Ever at Ian Tait and Co


November 2016 proved to be the busiest CIPS exam week ever at Ian Tait and Co Ltd. Record numbers attended at our CIPS exam centre in East Croydon, with well over forty students taking part during exam week. By taking exams at our exam centre, our students are able to take some pressure off the CIPS Regional exam centres, where May and November prove annually to be the busiest months. Students taking the AD3 and PD3 open book examinations commented favourably on the large-size desks which were available to them, enabling the candidates to spread out their books and notes comfortably. The growth in numbers of exam candidates is due in part to the availability of all subjects from CIPS Diploma through to CIPS Professional Diploma at the school.



Received 17 October 2016:


Hi Ian,


I wanted to drop you a line to give feedback on how impressed I am with Karl. His lessons are really, really good and I’m really enjoying them.



Centre of Excellence status retained (again)


The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply has confirmed that Ian Tait and Co will retain Centre of Excellence status for 2016-2017, commenting that the presentation of materials by our Centre is ‘impressive’. Thanks CIPS!

And for 2017 – 2018! Thanks everyone!

Oni Oviri writes for Director magazine


Oni Oviri, one of our CIPS Diploma tutors, has published articles about who has inspired her in her business life; and a review of portable printers, in the April 2016 edition of Director magazine. Keep up the writing, Oni!

Easier Card Payment


Those of our customers who wish to pay using a card will be able to do so in a simpler, easier method from now on. Ian Tait and Co will send a link by e-mail which simply requires card details to be entered by the customer to make payment. This ‘Pay By Link’ system will replace our previous method which required our Centre to take details by telephone, which was not always convenient for our students and their employers. It’s now incredibly easy. You can now pay 24/7!