Puddle Ducks is an award winning baby and toddler swimming franchise business. Built on over 12 years
of research and experience, the business provides industry leading classes for children to enable them to enjoy learning to swim. Franchisees teach over 14,000 babies and children across the UK every week and also offer aquanatal classes for mothers to be. Teaching important life skills is magical and combined with building a successful, flexible and rewarding company, a good work-life balance is achievable with this franchise. A Puddle Ducks franchisee has a wide variety of tasks to complete every day – from teaching classes and admin, to marketing, customer service and business planning.
Franchisees also work with pool owners and operators to set up new classes within their territory. Puddle Ducks won the national Smith & Henderson Best Franchise Award in 2014 and 2011 and was a finalist in 2012 and 2013. It was awarded 5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction in 2014 and 2013 and won the Best Business of the Year in the Macclesfield and Wilmslow Business Awards 2012. The company is a full member of the British Franchise Association and aims to do everything possible to support franchisees in the successful launch and development of their businesses.
This business was started in 2004 to provide a creative children’s programme inspired by yoga. Its motto is ‘Bendy, giggly, clever and strong’, which is what Tatty Bumpkin would like all its children to become. It also sums up the business’ franchise – bendy, because the business is flexible, with opportunities for parties, classes, holiday clubs, nursery classes and festivals, so you can structure your business to give you the work-life balance you need; giggly, because franchisees say they love their work; clever, because even if you’ve never run a business before, you are given all the tools you need to make it a success; and strong, because the network of Tatty Bumpkin franchisees is strong and nurturing.
As one franchisee puts it: “The professionalism, support and care that has been provided made the decision to leave the corporate world and move into franchising easy. It’s a pleasure to be part of an enthusiastic and motivated team that is truly making a difference in children’s lives.”
Progressive Sports has been providing specialist physical education for almost 10 years. The company is dedicated to giving every child the right to be physically active by working with schools and communities throughout the UK – helping them to access high quality PE and sport. Its aim is to increase participation, raise aspirations, boost self-confidence and help children to enjoy being physically active.
Everybody involved with Progressive Sports is passionate about the benefits of sport and their own professional development. All the company’s programmes are delivered to the highest professional standard, helping to inspire, engage and empower children. The initial franchise training takes place at head office and explains everything franchisees need to know about running a successful sports franchise. The Progressive Sports franchise package helps franchisees establish a business and begin trading immediately.
Pyjama Drama franchisees offer a drama and creative play programme for children up to seven years of age that’s designed to develop key skills such as confidence, communication and concentration, while igniting the imagination. Franchisees teach in public classes such as nurseries, schools and at children’s parties using their drama skills to whisk children away to a range of real and imaginary worlds. Children are encouraged to lead the direction of the drama themselves, meaning anything can happen and no two weeks are the same. In fact, a child can start the Pyjama Drama programme when they’re six months old, finish aged seven and never repeat the same session twice.
Many franchisees choose to take on a team of session leaders to build and grow their businesses, such is the popularity of the programme with parents, nursery managers and headteachers alike. The range of activities available – from holiday workshops and classes for babies to performance parties – means a team is often required to ensure children have access to every aspect of the programme, leaving franchisees more time to build their customer database and secure new contracts.
This company is the largest educational franchise in the UK and Ireland, with over 690 study centres. Established in Japan over 60 years ago, there are currently over four million Kumon students worldwide.
Sharon Carlin, an instructor at the Kumon Urmston Study Centre, says: “Kumon is a professional company with high standards and expectations for its franchisees and offers the support and training to achieve those standards. “It is so rewarding seeing children progressing and achieving, their joy at their success and belief in themselves, and seeing their confidence grow.
I love being part of nurturing each child to become a confident, well-rounded, successful individual. “The initial training was excellent and structured, plus we had training throughout our first six months of being an instructor. Kumon also holds monthly training meetings on relevant topics, which I find very useful, and you learn all the time. “My area manager is always at the end of the phone. She gave me advice about marketing, carrying out enrolments, running the class and setting work for students to ensure they are studying at the right level.” Sharon has no regrets about becoming a Kumon franchisee: “I love that my job is varied and I am meeting new families all the time. Being a franchisee is so rewarding, as you are responsible for the growth of the centre. Of course, there are highs and lows, but that is part of learning.”