Clip ‘n Climb looks to open first-ever franchise centres in the UK

January 29, 2020

Clip ‘n Climb, an international leader in the fun climbing market, is looking to launch its first-ever franchise centres, with a commitment to open 100 new UK venues.

 
Clip ‘n Climb UK has announced that it will be rolling out its successful model by launching nationwide franchise locations and concessions. To begin this project, it is looking to launch a new centre in Manchester. This follows a surge in popularity for indoor climbing.

The company has operated in the UK since 2011 and is part of Entre-Prises UK Ltd, a subsidiary of the ABEO group. It already operates over 80 centres around the country and has a cumulative yearly turnover of around £25 million. Now, it will license the brand to independent operators as part of an expansion project.

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Complete turnkey leisure business model

These franchises will include a complete turnkey leisure business model, with design and installation for over 40 climbing challenges, catering to visitors of all ages. For operators who share similar core value, this is an opportunity to benefit from a full training and support programme. This features insights and tips on business planning, finance and safety.

Franchise centres will also be able to take advantage of discounts on equipment, maintenance checks, further training, upgrades, marketing support and additional booking system features. Customers will enjoy a range of quality climbing activities, with Clip ‘n Climb’s auto belay devices. The centres will also have a branded cafe, party rooms and soft play.

Vicky Coupe, Clip ‘n Climb franchise manager, says: “Clip ‘n Climb has revolutionised indoor climbing. The theme park meets climbing wall concept offers a thrill and challenge to people of four years of age all the way up to 80+.

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“We’ve seen leisure climbing grow in popularity since we installed the first Clip ‘n Climb centre in the UK and industry insights report a 40-50 per cent increase of indoor climbers in the last two years alone. With the news that sport climbing will make its Olympic debut at the games in Japan 2020 its popularity is set to soar and so it’s the perfect time to look for the right people in the right locations to share in our success.”

“Launching the franchise model marks a major milestone and cements our ambition to give even more people in the UK, especially in Manchester access to fun, safe, indoor climbing.”

Clip ‘n Climb will also be heading to the 20th IAAPI Expo in Mumbai, India, from 26 – 28 February 2020. The team will be showcasing the company’s full range of products and services at the show.

By Charlotte Coates

Source: Blooloop

Swing with your baby at Swindon’s Sling Swing

January 27, 2020

Social mums are enjoying quality time with their babies at Swindon’s own Swing Sling club.

The club, which has been running for five years, has recently been taken over by Lucy Bartlett who also runs the Sling Swing Bristol club.

 
Lucy used to attend the club herself when her son, Leo, was born and she couldn’t resist taking the chance to run the club herself. She said: “I now own the franchise because I used to attend one of the classes.

“As soon as I saw it was available I wanted to snap it up.

“There would have been a lot of disappointed mums if it had stopped.”

The main aim of the class is to create a bond between the baby and the parent as well as providing a relaxing time for everyone.

It involves gentle swinging to music while the baby is in a sling, hence the title Sling Swing.

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But the club doesn’t just provide the bonding with your child, it lets the parents be sociable with each other.

Lucy added: “The best thing is the social side. At the end of the class we sit around for 10 or 15 minutes just to have a chat with other mums.

“The social side is one of the most popular, you don’t get many baby classes where you can chat.”

Three Sling Swing clubs are available in Swindon throughout a normal week but more are put on during half term and on special occasions.

The reason behind this is to get more relatives, including dads and grandparents, involved.

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Lucy admits that many of the people who attend the weekday classes are mums.

She said: “We try and do family classes at the weekend or in half term and it gets the dads involved. We’ve also done a Fathers’ Day class in the past.

“I think the norm tends to be the dad at work but we’re very much an open group – it’s not just for the mums.

“It would be lovely to see a mix of people but some dads might be a bit intimidated.”

The club is open to anyone with a baby who has passed their six-week check.

Another plus is that you don’t even have to have your own sling. There are ones available for parents to borrow, you just need to let them know.

By Connor Mountford

Source: Swindon Advertiser

Meet Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield: a franchise success story

January 20, 2020

For 20 years, Razzamataz Theatre Schools have been providing young people across the country with exceptional training in dance, drama and singing, as well as exciting opportunities to perform.

While Razzamataz itself is a brilliant success story – an appearance on Dragons’ Den in 2007 and an investment from Duncan Bannatyne propelled the business into the limelight – there are many similar success stories among the hundreds of franchisees across the UK.

 
One of those stories is that of Nick Furlong and Gemma Hextall. The pair took over Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham in 2015, and since then it has become not only a multi-award-winning franchise, but an important part of the local community.

Furlong and Hextall had always wanted to run a theatre school, but they didn’t think it would happen so quickly. The pair first met at college, where Furlong was training in acting and Hextall in musical theatre. After working professionally in the industry for a while, they decided to study for degrees at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2015, at the start of their third year, the pair spotted the opportunity to take over the Sutton Coldfield school on a mailing list that had popped into Furlong’s inbox.

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“We originally ignored the email,” Furlong explains, “because we were still finishing our degrees. But then a couple of days later we looked at it and thought it was worth a call. So we called Razzamataz head office and it sounded like an opportunity we couldn’t refuse. It just went from there.”

Although they trained as performers, and had taken a number of other roles in the industry, it was when the couple started teaching that Furlong and Hextall realised how rewarding it was. They had worked at other theatre schools, but when they made their first call to Razzamataz head office it became clear for Furlong that “Razzamataz ticked so many boxes for things that were missing in other places we had worked at”.

“It has a strong ethos, its curriculum is modern and up to date, it covers commercial and musical theatre, it splits the age groups into sensible ranges from four to 18, there is great support from head office and there are plenty of opportunities for training to help schools succeed.”

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The ethos throughout Razzamataz classes is about having fun, making new friends and enjoying being active, which leads to happy and healthy children. Students have also gained professional performing work from the West End to major television programmes.

With 20 years’ experience, Razzamataz has perfected the way it trains people to run their own franchises. It offers comprehensive training on how to run a business, from marketing to keeping the office in order, and provides a support mentor to be a source of advice whenever it’s needed. There are regular webinars and training opportunities so that anyone can run a Razzamataz school, even if they have no business experience.

When Furlong and Hextall took over their franchise in the summer of 2015 there were 38 students. By the end of the first term there were 80. That soared into triple figures when they added a Saturday school in 2016, and now there are about 330 students attending classes at Sutton Coldfield. Hextall says it was “a pretty crazy time”, as the two of them began the process of taking over the school while finishing off their degrees.

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Furlong says: “Both mine and Gemma’s families have their own businesses so we both had the desire, but neither of us had any real experience and certainly no formal qualifications. Franchising opened our eyes to what can be achieved and was a complete contrast to my own schooling experience, where I was told I was unlikely to reach my goals. We met other young franchisees so there was a very clear route to success. We have support mentors who remind us that we are on the right track and the whole system is there to take away any doubts. Without franchising, we would have got a few weeks in and been overwhelmed and thought we were too young, and it wasn’t realistic for us.”

For Hextall, seeing the way Razzamataz transforms the lives of young people is one of the biggest rewards. “You see people come in on their first day barely able to speak, almost shivering in a corner, and over the year they develop until they’re singing solo on a stage. We had one student who was particularly nervous. It took her weeks to even speak to anybody. Two years later she joined our cast at Her Majesty’s Theatre and sang on a West End stage. It’s immensely emotional.”

“A highlight for me,” Furlong says, “is seeing our team grow around us. When we started we employed three staff. Now we have a team of 15. Some of them were students, some joined as classroom assistants and now they’re teachers. I love developing them, seeing them grow as people.”

With so many other performers and teachers in the network, and a friendly head office always available to talk to, a Razzamataz franchise not only offers a flexible business, but one that is backed up by training and support whenever it’s needed.

Furlong’s advice? “Be prepared to put in the time, the effort, the commitment and the dedication. If you do that you will absolutely see the rewards and they are really worth it.”

As well as rewards, there have been awards, too. Furlong and Hextall’s success means that Sutton Coldfield Razzamataz has won a number of awards. Last year they were in the final three for most outstanding young franchisees at the Approved Franchise Association Awards, and ended up coming second. “We were really amazed. That was the whole of the UK in every sector, not just performing arts,” Furlong says.

In Razzamataz’s own awards, Sutton Coldfield has twice won best community spirit, an award that shows the school is not just succeeding as a business, but as a valued part of the community. “It’s the one we’re most proud of,” Furlong says.

In the course of almost five years, there have been some real highlights. Furlong says: “I remember our first showcase in Birmingham in 2016. It was the first show we’d put on, it was something we’d achieved together, and it was a really humbling moment.”

“But the highs happen every week,” Hextall points out. “I couldn’t just pick one, because every week when I go in there’s something new.”

That’s what makes it worth starting a franchise. You don’t need the business know-how – with 20 years of knowledge and experience, Razzamataz will help with that. All you need is the desire to build something successful and rewarding, and something that changes the lives of young people.

Source: The Stage

Carlisle nursery to launch new school – nearly 6,000 miles away in China

January 13, 2020

A NURSERY is preparing to embark on a new English speaking nursery partnership in China.

 
The partnership with Carlisle-based Stone Eden Nursery will see the new school will be based in the Chinese city of Quanzhou. It is expected to open in June.

Stone Eden’s role in the partnership will be to provide support in recruiting a nursery manager and two senior nursery nurses, as well as offering an intensive four-week training course in delivery, policies, and procedures by the staff in Carlisle, and the opportunity for their UK-based staff to visit Quanzhou.

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The training course in Carlisle will also include four Chinese staff, in addition to the three staff recruited from the UK.

David Farrell, an owner of Stone Eden Nursery, said: “We are excited to be working with them – as are our staff, with many of our senior staff already volunteering to visit China for the short-term support visits.

“The cultural experience and education of UK staff working with Chinese partners should not be underestimated, it is also a fantastic opportunity for career development.”

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The vision for the new school has three parts: a nursery, then a primary school, and finally a secondary school. They will all be based on a single site and will all be English-speaking.

It will be called the Three Care International School and it is being set up by Dingling Wu and her husband Fangjie Wei.

David and his wife Jenn set up their first international franchise of the Stone Eden Nursery back in 2018 in Guangzhou. It sits on the third floor of the Guangzhou Opera House and has space for 120 children.

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“We visited the site of the new school and it’s stunning,” added Mr Farrell. “Incidentally we also visited Guangzhou recently and it continues to go from strength-to-strength.”

By Rebecca Henrys

Source: News & Star

Coding school for kids opens new location in Frisco

January 11, 2020

The saying goes, “children are the future.” And with a workforce that’s ever changing, learning the skills that will be needed in the future is becoming increasingly important – as can be seen in the recent push for more STEM education in schools.

 
To help bring up the next crop of coders and tech entrepreneurs, software learning center franchise Code Ninjas has opened its newest location in west Frisco, joining other locations across the Metroplex, including Southlake, McKinney, Coppell, and Lewisville.

“We picked West Frisco because it is a great location with lots of families,” David Agius, co-owner of the new branch told Culturemap Dallas.

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Code Ninjas franchises are independently owned. The new west Frisco location was started by Agius, a Frisco resident, and other co-owner Steve Spadoni, who resides in Detroit.

At Code Ninjas, students ages seven through 14 can learn Java Script, Lua and C# code languages from teachers called Code Senseis. Through two-hour per week sessions, chosen based on student’s individual schedules, kids get colored wristbands to mark their level of mastery, similar to a martial arts class. At the end of the program, students publish an app online.

The coding school was launched in 2016 in Pearland, Texas, outside of Houston. In that time, Code Ninjas has opened more than 140 locations across the U.S. and Canada. In November 2019, the company announced that it had landed its first deal to open a school in the UK.

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“The goal of our company overall is to share coding with kids of all backgrounds,” wrote David Graham, Code Ninjas CEO and co-founder, in a blog post. “Regardless of whether they’ve been open for a few months or even just a few weeks, there is one thing that ties them all together: they are all looking for new ways to reach their communities and impact the lives of more kids.”

While the hands-on, program-based curriculum is designed to teach coding, Graham believes Code Ninjas offers more to its students by fostering teamwork, logic and problem-solving – skills employees will need in the future marketplace. North Texas ranks fifth in the country as the largest tech employment hubs. In addition, DFW is on track to lose 30.2 percent of its jobs to automation, according to a report by Kempler Industries.

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“I’ve seen how coding education improves lives,” wrote Graham in a statement on the Code Ninjas website. “Every child should have the opportunity to learn to code, and have a great time doing it.”

By Kevin Cummings

Source: BizJournals

Climbing specialist set to launch London franchise centres as part of UK expansion

January 5, 2020

A company specialising in ‘fun climbing’ is rolling out its franchise centres in London as part of its UK expansion. Clip ’n Climb has committed to opening 100 new centres across the country as part of its ongoing expansion, including several in the capital.

 
The brand, which has operated in the UK since 2011, currently has over 80 centres around the UK specialising in indoor and outdoor climbing activities.

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Vicky Coupe, Clip ’n Climb franchise manager, commented: “Clip ’n Climb has revolutionised indoor climbing. The theme park meets climbing wall concept offers a thrill and challenge to people of four years of age all the way up to 80+.

“We’ve seen leisure climbing grow in popularity since we installed the first Clip ’n Climb centre in the UK and industry insights report a 40-50 per cent increase of indoor climbers in the last two years alone.

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“Launching the franchise model marks a major milestone and cements our ambition to give even more people in the UK access to fun, safe, indoor climbing.”

By Jane Imrie

Source: BDaily

Reach new heights with a Clip ‘n Climb centre

December 30, 2019

Clip ‘n Climb UK, the recreational climbing activity centre, is rolling out its successful model by launching franchise centres and concessions with the aim of opening 100 new UK centres.

The brand has operated in the UK since 2011 and is part of Entre-Prises UK (a leading manufacturer of climbing walls) which is a subsidiary of the French Group, ABEO that supplies sports and leisure equipment.

 
Clip ‘n Climb currently has over 80 centres across the UK, achieving an annual turnover of almost £25m said the company.

The franchise incorporates a complete turnkey leisure business model, including design and installation of more than 40 indoor and outdoor climbing challenges designed to appeal to all age groups.

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Clip ‘n Climb explains that its business proposition is for those who share its values and principles, and says its comprehensive franchise training and support programme covers business planning, finance and safety.

Franchisees will also receive exclusive discounts on equipment, maintenance checks, further training and have early access to upgrades, new climbing wall releases, as well as marketing support and additional booking system features.

Clip ‘n Climb offers customers access to a variety of climbing challenges for the whole family, as well as offering classes such as Climb Fit, a fitness training session. The centres also include a café, party rooms and soft play areas.

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Vicky Coupe, franchise manager at Clip ‘n Climb, introducing its concept said: “Clip ‘n Climb has revolutionised indoor climbing. The theme park meets climbing wall concept offers a thrill and challenge to people of four years of age all the way up to 80 plus.

“We’ve seen leisure climbing grow in popularity since we installed the first Clip ‘n Climb centre in the UK and industry insights report a 40 to 50 per cent increase of indoor climbers in the last two years alone.

“With the news that sport climbing will make its Olympic debut at the games in Japan 2020 its popularity is set to soar and so it’s the perfect time to look for the right people in the right locations to share in our success.

“Launching the franchise model marks a major milestone and cements our ambition to give even more people in the UK access to fun, safe, indoor climbing.”

Clip ‘n Climb was founded in 2005 in Christchurch, New Zealand and has since grown the brand internationally to reach 265 centres worldwide.

Source: Franchise World

Nursery franchise creates new MD role

December 18, 2019

Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries has appointed a managing director to lead the group’s expansion.

Richard Blunden, who joined Monkey Puzzle in early 2019 as franchise director, has been promoted to the newly-created position of group managing director.

 
In his new role, Mr Blunden will be working closely with owners Mark and Rebecca Crosby and the company’s business advisors on developing Monkey Puzzle’s strategies across both its network and the head office team.

He will set the strategic direction of the group and plan and implement long-term business strategies.

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Prior to joining Monkey Puzzle, Mr Blunden spent the last seven years working for Volkswagen Group in both the UK and Republic of Ireland.

‘I have never had such passion and motivation than during my time here at Monkey Puzzle,’ he said. ‘I’m really excited to take on this new challenge, driving forward Mark and Rebecca’s vision of the business through dedicated, committed and happy staff and a professional and driven franchisee network.’

Ms Crosby added, ‘From day one, Richard proved to us that he could help evolve our business and drive it forward. Our evolution is not about just growth, it’s about driving operational excellence and quality support into our fantastic network of franchisees and ensuring that everyone is best equipped to deliver outstanding and innovative childcare to parents’ most precious possessions – their children.

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‘We are delighted that Richard will be taking on this new role as we look to reach even more parents and children, while continuing to grow our commitment to ensuring every child in our nurseries thrives.’

Established in 2002, Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries is the UK’s largest childcare franchise and third largest childcare provider.

The group currently owns 63 settings, and came 18th in the Ofsted league table in the 2019 edition of Nursery Chains.

By Meredith Jones Russell

Source: Nursery World

Angela’s Swim School Takes Part In Landmark ITN Productions & British Franchise Association Collaboration

December 7, 2019

Angela’s Swim School, a swimming classes franchise business, is featured in the recently-launched latest collaboration between the British Franchise Association (bfa) & ITN Productions, a news and current affairs style programme titled Franchising the Next Generation.

Presented by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky OBE, ‘Franchising the Next Generation’ reveals the positive impact franchising has on individuals, business, society and the economy.

 
Angela’s Swim School was founded by former Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer Angela Wilson, who first represented Great Britain at the age of 15, and was involved in the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. Fulfilling this dream spurned her to take her passion for swimming further, creating Angela’s Swim School in 2002, and franchising the business in 2014. Drowning is the third most common cause of death for young children, and Angela’s Swim School gets children to learn to swim in a fun environment.

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Her knowledge of swimming has led her to be on two All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) that support swimming, and she is also the Women & Enterprise APPG, championing increasing opportunities for women in business. Added to this, she has been a Lady Taverner the last eight years, raising around £4,000 for the Lord’s Taverner’s Charity, which helps disadvantaged and disabled children have access to sport.

Angela’s Swim School is one of four franchise systems covered as a separate news item in Franchising the Next Generation.

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Wilson was ecstatic to be able to participate in an important series that highlights franchising in the UK landscape and shows an industry that continues to evolve and consistently adapts to meet the needs of society:

She says: “Franchising has helped my business achieve quick growth by taking on passionate partners who share in my vision to bring quality swimming education across the UK. I am proud to be a part of a series that will help franchising attain the recognition that it deserves. For me, the motivation for starting Angela’s Swim School was to make swimming fun and accessible to children.”

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Pip Wilkins, QFP, Chief Executive of the bfa, said: “The industry continues to present strong growth. However, the association wants to ensure that this is sustainable through education and support of ethical franchising. The news item with Angela’s Swim School has a next generation theme with prospect franchisees, and shows how the industry adapts to societal needs.”

By Patrick Hulbert

Source: BDaily

Clip ‘n Climb looking to launch first ever franchise centres

December 2, 2019

Clip ‘n Climb UK, the market leader in fun climbing, is rolling out its successful model by launching franchise centres and concessions nationwide and is looking to launch a centre in Manchester.

 
Clip ‘n Climb, which has operated in the UK since 2011 is part of Entre-Prises UK Ltd – a subsidiary of the ABEO group. The brand presently has over 80 centres across the UK and achieves approximately £25 million cumulative turnover per annum.

Clip ‘n Climb plans to open 100 new franchise centres nationwide and will license its brand to independents and budding entrepreneurs as part of its progressive expansion program.

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A Clip ‘n Climb franchise incorporates a complete turn key leisure business model including design and installation for more than 40 indoor and outdoor climbing challenges designed to appeal to all age groups. The proposition for those who share Clip ‘n Climb’s values and principles is a comprehensive franchise training and support programme covering business planning, finance and safety. In addition they will receive exclusive discounts on equipment, maintenance checks, further training, early access to upgrades, new climbing wall releases, marketing support and additional booking system features.

For customers, the franchise centres will offer the same access to quality climbing challenges fit for the whole family with it’s unique auto belay devices. They will also have a branded cafe, party rooms and additional soft play areas.

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Vicky Coupe, Clip ‘n Climb franchise manager, commented: “Clip ‘n Climb has revolutionised indoor climbing. The theme park meets climbing wall concept offers a thrill and challenge to people of four years of age all the way up to 80+.

“We’ve seen leisure climbing grow in popularity since we installed the first Clip ‘n Climb centre in the UK and industry insights report a 40-50 per cent increase of indoor climbers in the last two years alone. With the news that sport climbing will make its Olympic debut at the games in Japan 2020 its popularity is set to soar and so it’s the perfect time to look for the right people in the right locations to share in our success.”

“Launching the franchise model marks a major milestone and cements our ambition to give even more people in the UK, especially in Manchester access to fun, safe, indoor climbing.”

By Nigel Barlow

Source: About Manchester