Angela’s Swim School finalist for National Family Business Awards 2019

June 14, 2019

Angela’s Swim School, which has classes in Littlehampton, has been named as a finalist for the National Family Business Awards 2019.

Angela Wilson, chief executive, is a former Team GB member, international and Commonwealth swimmer. She started the swim school in 2002 with her mother, also a former Commonwealth swimmer, and in 2014 she franchised.

She said: “I’m proud to run a family business and since starting with a handful or clients over 20 years ago, my mother and I and the team we have developed have taught thousands to swim.

“Although our business has grown tremendously over the years, I believe it still retains that personal touch and is true to the family values which we hold so dear.”

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Darryl Burroughs owns the Sussex franchise, based at White Meadows Primary Academy, offering small group and private swimming lessons for all ages and abilities.

Swimstylers is a character-led swimming programme, created by Angela to take children from complete beginner to swimming 1,500m.

She feels everyone needs to learn to swim properly, which she says is a mile, to be water safe.

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The awards ceremony, which celebrates extraordinary family-owned businesses in the UK, will be held at Wembley Stadium on July 13th .

More than 100 finalists will go head-to-head across ten categories, judged by an independent panel.

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Source: Little Hampton Gazette

Build-A-Bear Workshop Announces Count Your Candles Sweepstakes And Pay Your Age Limited Ticket Offer

June 12, 2019

To kick off the second year of its successful Count Your Candles birthday program, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is offering an opportunity to enter a new sweepstakes for the chance to win a birthday party experience and have the chance to participate in a limited ticket offer event to Pay Your Age for a new furry friend at most retail locations in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom*, in stores, from June 24-28.

So, how does it work? Now through Sunday, June 16, members of the Build-A-Bear Bonus Club rewards program that complete a birthday profile in their online account can enter the Count Your Candles Sweepstakes and Pay Your Age limited ticket offer. Those who are not yet Bonus Club members can sign up for the program and complete a birthday profile in order to enter the Count Your Candles sweepstakes and Pay Your Age limited ticket offer, redeemable in stores only*.

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More than 200,000 Guests around the world are expected to receive a Pay Your Age limited ticket. With their ticket, Guests will be able to visit a Build-A-Bear Workshop during one of two redemption periods in the week of June 24 through June 28 and make one furry friend per child present, limit two furry friends** per ticket. Additionally, ten Guests will win the Count Your Candles Sweepstakes grand prize of a birthday party experience to use any time in the next twelve months valued up to $250 USD / £200 / $250 CAD.

“At Build-A-Bear Workshop, we love parties and want to help parents create special birthday moments with their children,” said Sharon Price John, president and chief executive officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “Our Count Your Candles birthday program is designed to increase the accessibility for kids to be able to celebrate their most special day at Build-A-Bear Workshop. We share birthday celebrations with millions of children and their families each year including those associated with our new Count Your Candles Birthday Treat bear, which has become our best-selling bear since its launch last year. We are excited to extend this popular program and kick it off with a new sweepstakes as well as a limited ticket offer giving Bonus Club members the chance to share in what will now be a five-day Pay Your Age ticketed event.”

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As part of Build-A-Bear’s year-round celebration of birthdays, Guests 14 and under who visit the Workshop with a Build-A-Bear Bonus Club member in the month of their birthday can ‘Count Their Candles’ and pay their age for Build-A-Bear Workshop’s Birthday Treat Bear (valued at $14 USD / £14 GBP / $14 CAD).

Pro Tips:

  • Adults, parents and guardians are encouraged to log-in to their online Bonus Club account and complete birthday profile details. Once the profile is complete, members will be prompted to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a birthday party experience. Upon entering, members also will be eligible to participate for a chance to receive a limited ticket offer to Pay Your Age for a new furry friend**, limit two furry friends per ticket; the person(s) wishing to pay their age must be present at the time of purchase.
  • Non-members can join the Bonus Club and complete their birthday profile in order to enter the sweepstakes and be eligible for the limited ticket offer event.
  • Winners will be notified by June 21 and be assigned to one of two redemption periods from June 24 to June 28, 2019.
  • The offer cannot be combined with any other offers.
  • The Birthday Treat Bear (valued at $14/£14/$14CAD) is available all year long so that children can celebrate in the month of their birthday and ‘pay-their-age’ for this collectible furry friend.

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To learn more about Build-A-Bear’s Count Your Candles Sweepstakes and “Pay Your Age” limited ticket offer, visit To learn more about the year-round Count Your Candles birthday experience at Build-A-Bear Workshop, visit

Source: Franchising

Monkey Music announce Izzy Judd as its musical ambassador

June 10, 2019

The children’s music class franchise, Monkey Music, has announced a new partnership with Izzy Judd, the musician, author and wife of Harry, the drummer in the band McFly.

Angie Coates, the founder of Monkey Music, introduced Judd’s new role as company ambassador to her franchisees at its annual franchise conference, where Izzy spoke of her belief in an early musical education and shared stories of her family time at Monkey Music.

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Izzy also presented the winners of the Monkey Music Franchise Awards 2019 with their M’Oscars and entertained the audience playing her violin during the launch of a Monkey Music fund raising song ‘Music is a Gift’ for the music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins.

The other speakers at the conference included Dan Early, who hosted an interactive percussion session, Carys Jukes from the BFA and Andy Bird, professional coach and author who led a workshop on leadership.

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Monkey Music offers music classes for children from as young as three months to four-years-old. The 30-minute sessions aim to captivate the children with a combination of songs, movement and musical games in a stimulating and friendly environment.

The company says that the ear is the first organ to develop fully in the womb, enabling babies to take comfort in the music of their mother’s voice at just 11 weeks. It adds that all children are born with instinctive musicality but only if this is encouraged early enough will a child fulfil their musical potential.

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Monkey Music teachers are carefully chosen for their natural ability to communicate with and entertain young children and their carers, so they can experience a unique mix of musical fun and learning. The company currently has 48 franchisees operating in over 300 locations across the UK.

Source: Franchise World

World’s fastest growing kid’s coding franchise comes to the UK

June 1, 2019

Code Ninjas, America’s number one kid’s coding franchise, has landed on British soil. Code Ninjas offers after-school programmes and camps that teach kids how to code by building video games that they love.

Built on the mantra that ‘kids have fun, parents see results’, the brand has already taken the US and Canada by storm. Now, it’s the turn of UK entrepreneurs to capitalise on the ever-increasing demand for STEM education as Code Ninjas franchisees.

Founded by programmer and entrepreneur, David Graham, in 2016, there are now 125 Code Ninja centres open in the US with 75 more due to be open by the end of August, including expansion into Canada. David, whose inspiration for the business struck whilst watching his son’s Taekwondo lesson, says he’s excited to bring the opportunity to the UK and believes that success here will mirror that of North America

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“We’re confident that the UK will replicate, if not surpass the US in terms of growth speed and breadth of coverage. We proudly call ourselves a franchise support company – our foundations have been built on being able to provide the best, most innovative and effective support to franchisees across the globe. Our UK franchisees will benefit from the support of a UK-based team whose number one priority will be helping to get centres open, operational and profitable!”

As you might expect, Code Ninjas like to do things a little differently! Centres are called Dojos; teachers are called Code Senseis, and students, or Ninjas, progress by working towards coloured wristbands – or ‘belts’ – based on the colouring system in martial arts. Students work through the self-paced curriculum, all written by in house developers, during weekly drop-in visits to Code Ninjas centres in their community. Parents can either drop kids off or stay to take advantage of the specially designed facilities including relaxing waiting area, free coffee, free Wi-Fi and work stations.

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“Code Ninjas is all about the experience, that’s what makes us different. You can’t distil what we do down to the curriculum, it’s so much more than that. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s a place to make friends and have a good time,” enthuses David. “Kids are motivated to learn when they’re enjoying themselves and there’s the opportunity to ‘earn’ their next badge of honour. The Dojo is a parent free zone, meaning students can communicate independently with their Sensei and peers. I’ve seen, first hand, how coding education improves lives. Every child should have the opportunity to learn code, and have a great time doing it.”

The impressive growth of the brand so far, combined with the obvious need for computer skills, has already proved appealing to prospective UK owners, with 700 franchise enquiries received in just 14 days. Prospects were invited to attend a Code Ninjas discovery day, in the heart of London’s Westminster, on the 21stMay – it was standing room only as David and his franchise support team introduced the brand and their vision for the future in the UK.

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“A Code Ninjas franchise offers investors an opportunity to get ahead of the curve by providing a crucial service that has largely been overlooked in the UK market,”explained David. “90% of parents have expressed an interest in wanting their kids to learn how to code. Seeing the excitement in the room – let alone the number of seriously interested parties – was very special. Our first franchisees will be instrumental in developing and shaping the future of the brand in the UK and I’m confident, and happy to say, I believe we’ve now met a few of the first members of our UK franchise family.”

Code Ninjas is fast establishing itself as the family coding centre of choice worldwide. David, his specialist franchise team and network of franchisees are looking forward to a bright and Ninja-fuelled future! With plans for further expansion on an international scale and phenomenal interest from prospects in the UK, 2019 looks to be another incredible year for Code Ninjas.

Source: Business Matters

Franchise award for Diddi Dance teacher

May 21, 2019

Diddi Dance Franchise UK – A DANCE teacher has scooped an award for being a top female franchisee.

Charlotte Foxley runs Diddi Dance North Essex and South Suffolk, which hosts dance classes for pre-school age children and those with disabilities, including in Colchester, Lawford and Harwich.

She started her franchise in 2015 and now has a team of six teachers running 20 classes, including those for wheelchair users.

Earlier this month she was announced Woman Franchisee of the Year at the National NatWest EWIF awards in London.

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The event aims to celebrate women in the world of business.

Charlotte, said: “Thrilled is an understatement! I am so proud of how my Diddi Dance has grown over the years particularly with the development of classes for children and young people with special needs, an area close to my heart.

“I am especially proud of my wheelchair dance classes which are our latest offering.

“I have a fantastic team of teachers who work with me and love Diddi Dance as much as I do.

“I have used my personal experiences of being a SEN mum to Charlie, 11, who has a rare genetic disorder causing learning difficulties, to provide a fun and valuable service to children with special needs in my local area.”

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EWIF, Encouraging Women into Franchising, is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, providing advice and guidance to anyone looking to break into the franchise industry.

By Lorraine King

Source: Harwich and Manningtree Standard

Theatre school up for leisure award

May 20, 2019

A DANCE and acting school is a finalist for a lifestyle award. Footlights in Rossendale, a performing arts school, is a finalist for the best Leisure and Culture Venue of 2019 in the Rossendale Lifestyle Awards.

The franchise, led by partners Aaron Doherty and Jack Tudd, only opened 12 months ago, and have become the best franchise of the company in the country.

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Mr Doherty, said: “We have 150 people with us, and out of that number, 35 are adults, with our oldest over 70. I think we are finalists because we also do holiday clubs and parties.

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“It’s amazing, and we have seen 25 of our children go into TV, with one being in a new upcoming artist’s music video.”

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By Alima Nadeem

Source: Lancashire Telegraph

Baby swim school with roots in New Forest goes national

May 19, 2019

Baby Squids Franchise UK – A BABY swim school that started in the New Forest has been relaunched as a national franchise after seven very successful years helping more than 5,000 youngsters gain water confidence.

Laura Skilton, a mum herself, now runs Baby Paddlers with her husband Martin from 19 pools across the south, including at Ashurst Lodge in Ashurst and Lymington’s Elmers Court Hotel.

She has now switched the name of the business to Baby Squids, and the school is already gaining interest all over the country.

Laura launched the sessions after feeling frustrated at not being able to find swim classes for her son Harry that created a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

“Following redundancy from my job I decided to set some up,” she said.

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The couple, who live in Winchester, now have 24 staff teaching 188 classes per week, but it all started in Ashurst where the first ever session was run by Nadina Robson.

Seven years on, and with a wealth of experience under her belt, Laura is now taking the bold and timely step to launch a national franchise programme.

“I’m so passionate about our business and the unique way we teach swimming,” she said. “I always knew we were going to go national – it was only a matter of time.

“So, after our third child turned one, we knew we had to go for it. It’s been a hard slog for us to get this next step off the ground, a real labour of love, and I’m so proud of what Baby Squids can offer parents, children and local communities.”

Baby Paddlers has been replaced by Baby Squids branding across all on and offline communications and media. But Laura stresses that the business will keep the same ethos.

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“We are already talking to a number of people eager to get going,” said Laura. “I can’t wait to see the pins spring up across the UK map as Baby Squids goes nationwide. A real reward for our hard work helping many more children swim across the country.

“It’s not easy launching and running your own business, particularly when you’ve got small kids. But equally, being your own boss means you can make time to be there for the things that matter: the family days, the school pick-ups, the concerts, the sports days.”

Over the years, Laura’s business has supported the community through raising money for charities and organisations like Forest Park School in Totton.

By Liz Hendrie

Source: Advertiser and Times

Dance group for toddlers does ‘the Superman’ for autism charity

May 15, 2019

Ziggy and his friends at the toddler and preschool dance group Diddi dance took part in a nationwide challenge to raise money for Caudwell Children, a charity that supports children with autism.

Ziggy Farmer, four, with his mum Jennie Farmer from Havant took on a sponsored Watch Me Fly dance challenge at their Diddi dance class Picture: Sarah Standing (130519-9048)

Ziggy Farmer, four, with his mum Jennie Farmer from Havant took on a sponsored Watch Me Fly dance challenge at their Diddi dance class Picture: Sarah Standing (130519-9048)

More than 15 smaller-than-average superheroes – and their parents – completed the ‘Watch Me Fly’ dance lesson yesterday at the Bedhampton Community Centre, Bedhampton Road, Havant.

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Ziggy’s mum, Jenny, 37, said: ‘Ziggy raised over £30 through his fundraising page – he received a lot of donations from family and friends.

‘He goes to the dance group every Monday, and he loves it.

‘Diddi dance is great at getting parents involved –  If you’re joining in and having fun, the kids have more fun.’

Funds raised by Ziggy and children who took part will support the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, the UK’s first independent purpose built centre dedicated to autism.

Liz Chisnall, who leads Diddi dance South East Hampshire and Chichester said, ‘We are delighted to be supporting Caudwell Children in this exciting way.

‘Its a nice way to get the children to think about helping others.

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‘It helps them to think about abstract ideas.’

Children all across the UK took on a sponsored Watch Me Fly dance challenge at their Diddi dance class Picture: Sarah Standing (130519-9061)

Children all across the UK took on a sponsored Watch Me Fly dance challenge at their Diddi dance class Picture: Sarah Standing (130519-9061)

Diddi dance, which has more than 13 franchises across Hampshire, will be holding ‘Watch Me Fly’ lessons across the county for the rest of the week.

The lessons are open to all budding dancers aged 16 months to five years old.

Liz said: ‘It’s really inclusive.

‘You get a whole mix – it’s good to see some children’s confidence blossom.

‘And it’s nice to give boys a chance. It’s easy to assume that boys do not like dancing but it’s wrong.’

This inclusiveness is appreciated by Ziggy’s mum, who said ‘it can be quite hard to find a dance class for a boy of his age.’

He said: ‘A lot of classes out there are quite girly.

‘Diddi is great – they play music that isn’t gender specific.

South East Hampshire and Chichester Diddi dance will be launching a rave dance lesson in June.

Ziggy is likely to be there and continue dancing long after he has left the group, according to his mum: ‘He wants to be on Strictly Come Dancing,’ she said.


Source: Portsmouth

Major awards splash for Puddle Ducks

May 14, 2019

Puddle Ducks UK. COMPANY directors Jo Stone and Tracy Townend made a major splash at awards celebrating the best and brightest women in franchising.

Jo and Tracy are directors of Cranage-based Puddle Ducks, and won national titles at the 2019 NatWest Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards.

The women have been co-owners of the baby and children swim school franchise since 2002.

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At the award ceremony in London, they were announced as winners of the Woman Franchisor of the Year, before going on to scoop the ‘winner’s winner’ award of Overall Woman in Franchising (or, in their case, women) in Franchising.

The women met when they were pregnant with their first children, who were subsequently born on the same day and recently turned 18.

Since then, Jo and Tracy’s supportive friendship has developed alongside their business.

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Tracy said: “I have recently had a long period of illness, and Jo has been a tower of strength, not only for me, but also for the Puddle Ducks head office team and our lovely franchisees who kept the business thriving.

“The judges were keen to give special mention to Jo for all she has done, not only in supporting me and the Puddle Ducks business, but for also being a wonderful advocate for the franchise industry.”

Jo said: “It was a real surprise to receive the overall Woman in Franchising award.

“From the start, we have had big dreams, and we prioritise and encourage supportive relationships throughout the company.

“It feels great to be recognised by the EWIF and it is wonderful that Tracy and I can share the joy in winning the awards.”

By Ian Ross

Source: Knutsford Guardian

Nutty Scientists to expand to the UK

April 28, 2019

Nutty Scientists UK. A business based in Enniscorthy has announced its plans to expand its franchise across Ireland and into the UK market.

Nutty Scientists was launched in February by David Hayes and Alan Maher and such is the quick rate of expansion of the company and the interest in the business that the two have already signed agreements to award franchises in Kerry, Cork and Limerick.

Mr Maher has also said the two are in talks to expand the franchise into two other areas of the country over the coming months.

‘We have been really happy with the level of enquiries from people around the country who want to talk to us about opening up their own Nutty Scientists franchise,’ he said.

Nutty Scientists is an internationally renowned children’s enrichment franchise which currently operates in over 50 countries worldwide.

It’s the leading provider of interactive programmes for children related to science, technology, engineering and arts, and mathematics (STEM) learning.

In the wake of the national interest in their business Mr Hayes and Mr Maher are now looking to expand into the lucrative UK market which could result in the development of many jobs here at home.

‘We have the potential to create a lot of full time and part time jobs across the country,’ said Mr Hayes.

However, proud of their Wexford background the two are keen to keep the base of their operations in the model county.

‘Wexford will be the Irish and UK headquarters for Nutty Scientists,’ said Mr Hayes.

He also commented that all operational support and training will be based out of the Co Wexford offices – which are located in Enniscorthy.

People who wish to become a Nutty Scientist franchisee pay a once-off licence fee which is calculated based on the size of the territory in which they wish to operate.

Upon signing up franchisees become part of a world leading international brand with a support team helping them to establish their business.

‘It is a proven, successful business formula that has achieved phenomenal success across the globe,’ said Mr Hayes.

Franchisees in successful businesses enjoy high profit margins and low fixed overheads.

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‘We’re looking for people who understand the world of business, who have a background in education, science, the arts or a combination of them all,’ said Mr Hayes.

‘We go through an approval process that helps us determine if [a person] is the right franchisee and if Nutty Scientists is the right franchise for [them],’ he added.

The Nutty Scientists business model has been running since 1996 and while there are other companies in Ireland using STEM to engage children and teach them various skills Mr Hayes said: ‘Nobody in Ireland or the UK can offer what we have.’

Through Nutty Scientists children learn in an imaginative and stimulating way and according to Mr Hayes and Mr Maher the programme provides ‘edutainment’ [mixing education and entertainment] to engage children.

Franchisees can avail of a number of potential revenue streams derived from mobile or lab based activities including holiday camps; after-school classes, in-school workshops, pre-school programmes, shows, parties and a wide ranfge of awareness programmes., workshops and seminars.

The programmes are primarily aimed at children aged between 3 and 16.

However, Nutty Scientists also provide a range of services to the corporate sector including team building and family days, brand activation and product launches.

By Brendan Keane

Source: Wexford People