RAZZAMATAZ THEATRE SCHOOLS
This franchise gives individuals the opportunity to run their own part-time performing arts schools, even if they have very limited business knowledge. This makes it ideal for a range of people who want to balance a financially rewarding career with their love of dance, drama and singing. Shelley Fitzgibbon of Razzamataz Wokingham and Woodley, explains: “I was a professional performer for 10 years and when considering my next options, I wanted something that would earn me a substantial salary, so I didn’t have to scrimp and save. “Also, flexibility was key because I was desperate to be a mother.
I decided on Razzamataz because the set-up fee was far less than other franchises. I could get a loan, so didn’t need a big deposit, and I liked the fact you could put on big shows. “I’ve been open in Wokingham for five years and have 153 students at that branch. In Woodley, I’ve been open for four years and have 70 students. Both these schools have allowed me to make a good living – I never thought I would be able to afford the nice lifestyle I now have.”
The fact this business has never had a franchise failure, combined with winning numerous awards, speaks
volumes about Water Babies’ approach to franchising, Paul Thompson, the company’s CEO and co-founder, says. He adds: “Each franchisee receives a five-year license with the option to renew at no additional cost and within this we provide a fully comprehensive start-up kit, including pool equipment, leaflets, teachers’ tops and an unrivalled level of support. “We have a head office staff of 26 to support a network of 55 franchisees, who we train in all aspects of running their own businesses and our internal systems.
Our finance relationship team offers a bookkeeping service to all new franchisees for their first 12 months of trading, which includes a dedicated member of the team to contact for all finance queries, business plan set up and reviews, invoice processing, bill payments, account reconciliation and cash management.” Water Babies also provides ongoing strategic advice and financial planning for existing franchisees, as well as bespoke financial templates that assist the network with their business decisions, allowing franchisees to be as successful as they can be. “All Water Babies franchisees must train as swimming teachers before taking the Water Babies in-house training course and our swimming teachers are the only ones who can obtain a nationally recognised diploma,” Paul says. “We want franchisees who have a passion for the activity and empathy for parents and children. Business systems and training can be built around you.”
Established over 25 years ago, Musical Minis was one of the first children’s franchises in the UK. Founded by child psychologist and Great Ormond Street Hospital play specialist Karen Sherr, the company offers music classes to children from 0-5 years old that have an emphasis on child development. Franchisees are generally mothers who want to fit a profitable, sustainable business around their family commitments.
Whether running a small amount of sessions themselves, or training leaders to expand their business, franchisees are allowed to operate at whatever pace feels right for them. Lessons are fully planned, while instruments and exclusive licensed music come as part of the franchise package. The company also recently launched an interactive children’s app. Whether you are looking for a small business to build slowly or an opportunity to become the largest children’s music group in your territory, if you are friendly, hardworking and enthusiastic, Musical Minis could be the franchise opportunity for you.
Vicki Prout, co-director of Sherpa Kids International, a global franchising company that runs before and after-school clubs and holiday activities for primary school-aged children, believes there is a gap in the market for its services in the UK. Her opinion is based on evidence such as the government’s More Affordable Childcare Report, published in July 2013, which shows that many families across Britain often find it difficult to arrange the right sort of care at the right price.
The study says only half of parents can find suitable term-time childcare to fit with their working hours, yet nearly two-thirds of parents of school-age children need before or after-school or holiday care in order to combine family and work. These findings are backed up by a 2014 report from the Family and Childcare Trust called Out of School, Out of Mind. It claims there are ‘virtual childcare deserts’ in significant parts of the country and large variations in price. Sherpa Kids, which has recently launched clubs in London, is offering franchising opportunities for entrepreneurs across the UK who have the vision, business acumen and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in this demanding yet highly rewarding sector.
Premier Sport, the UK’s largest children’s sport and physical activity franchising company, is looking for passionate business people to join its network. The company operates established support systems based on more than 15 years’ experience, expertise and, crucially, investment into franchise owner processes. It specialises in children’s coaching, providing sports teaching and instruction in curriculum time, as well as after school. Premier Sport operates over 100 franchised areas throughout the UK and is a full member of the British Franchise Association.
The combined turnover of the top 10 Premier Sport franchise owners is higher than the overall network turnover of the company’s closest rival. This demonstrates the maturity and scale of its franchise model, providing you with a market leading return on your investment. The financial results speak for themselves – 67 per cent of Premier Sports’ established businesses will generate a six-figure turnover this year. Daniel Bloomfield, Premier Sports’ Ipswich and Maidstone franchise owner, says: “My business has grown year on year and I now employ over 40 qualified activity professionals, who deliver inspirational opportunities to young people. Working in this thriving and growing marketplace, I’m on course to turnover £1,100,000 this financial year.”