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babyballet franchise

High five for babyballet as dance franchise celebrates quintet of award nominations

August 29, 2018

A Halifax-based ballet business which has multiple franchises across the world has been shortlisted for no fewer than five industry awards. Babyballet has been nominated in the ‘What’s On 4 Little Ones 2018 Awards’ for the Best Product Supporting Children’s Activities, twice for Most Outstanding Activity Leader for U5s in the South East and London categories, and for Best Franchised/Licensed Baby and Toddler Activity (more than 50 franchises).

Founder of babyballet, Claire O’Connor, is also a finalist in the Industry Champion of the Year category of the awards which is in its 12th year and is the UK’s leading and longest established awards for the sector. A massive 70,000 customer votes were cast in total with the Industry Champion of the Year gong voted for exclusively by high-profile industry judges.

“I am so happy for babyballet to be recognised in so many categories. It’s even better to see individuals highlighted for their brilliant work across our franchises and these nominations are a testament of the hard-work from our staff,” said Claire.

“I am overwhelmed to be shortlisted for the Industry Champion award, it’s something I never expected but I’m so happy to be amongst such fantastic leaders in the industry.”

Claire and the babyballet brand are no strangers to being recognised, having won numerous awards including ITV Mumpreneur, Best Business Parent at the Mum and Working Awards, Loved by Children Awards (2018), Loved by Parents Awards (2017), Women in Business’ Retail Business (2015), Halifax Courier Young Business Person (2007) and Entrepreneur (2008). Claire also featured in a Channel 4 documentary ‘Big Ballet’ exploring issues of size in the world of ballet.

Babyballet was founded in 2005 to create a dance experience for six months to six-year-olds to dance, gain confidence and shine, in a fun, caring and supportive environment, away from the traditional strict and serious classes often associated with ballet.

With 74 franchises currently in the UK, Claire successfully expanded the business into Australia and New Zealand last year, establishing 33 new franchises down under with more in the pipeline.

Over 25,000 children now enjoy babyballet on both sides of the world every week. Claire, 45, is currently on a 12-month trip with her husband Chris, 43, and three of their four children, Charlie, 14, Claudia, 12, and 10-year-old Kitty as they visit the likes of Canada, America and Japan to look into expanding the babyballet brand even further.

The ‘What’s On 4 Little Ones’ award winner’s ceremony takes place on October 3 at NatWest in Bishopsgate, London.

Source: Halifax Courier

Why babyballet founder is travelling the globe

July 30, 2018

Greetland-based Claire O’Connor has embarked on a year-long global tour to expand her babyballet business.

And she’s been joined on the worldwide odyssey by husband Chris and three of their four children – Charlie, 14, Claudia, 12, and 10-year-old Kitty. Eldest son Harry has stayed at home to continue his university studies.

Claire used a world map and some wool and pins to chart a “family wish list” of places to visit – combined with ideal locations to set up new franchises for babyballet such as Canada, the USA and Japan.

Claire and the kids joined up with Chris in Canada, where he is a sports analyst working for rugby league team Toronto Wolfpack.

Now in Toronto, she is actively looking for opportunities to set up franchises in Canada.

Claire and Chris are home schooling the children during their 12-month travels.

Babyballet is one of the fastest growing franchise businesses in the UK. Claire founded the business in 2005 to create a dance experience for children aged six months to six years in a fun, caring and supportive environment away from the traditional dance classes often associated with ballet.

With 74 franchises currently in the UK, Claire successfully expanded the business into Australia and New Zealand last year, establishing 33 new franchises Down Under – with more in the pipeline. More than 25,000 children now enjoy babyballet in the UK and Australasia every week.

Claire worked with her mother Barbara Peters, a registered Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) teacher and former RAD examiner, to develop babyballet’s syllabus and teacher training programme for franchisees to follow.

“The successful expansion of the business into Australia and New Zealand made me realise that if I can do it there, I can do it anywhere in the world,” said Claire. “With Chris already in Toronto, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to join him and look into expanding over there, as well as other countries.

“It’s going to be an adventure of a lifetime and will enable me to take babyballet across the globe and build the brand on an international level. I can’t wait to meet dance school owners and teachers who are keen to bring babyballet to children in their local areas.

“Being able to involve our children is amazing and they are so excited to go, learn and experience new things. It’s not going to be an easy ride, but we’re all in it together and can’t wait to set off.”

Claire and the babyballet brand have won numerous awards including ITV Mumpreneur and Best Business Parent at the Mum and Working Awards. She also featured in Channel 4 documentary Big Ballet exploring issues of size in the world of ballet.

Claire has set up a blog – livingourglobaldream.com – where people can follow the family’s adventures over the next 12 months as she takes the next step in turning babyballet into a worldwide franchise business.

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