Sew Confident Chorley: Getting green with the lean, mean sewing machines

November 17, 2019

Fatbergs in the UK first burst onto the sewer scene in the early 2010s, coinciding with the proliferation in usage of disposable cloths in the form of things like make-up wipes, and earlier this year, the largest fatberg ever discovered was caught sludging its way along a sewer in Liverpool. It weighed 400 tonnes and was 250 metres long. It’s still being broken up to this day.

 
Non-biodegradable solid matter is not only bad for the sewers, but bad for the environment. Aside from the fact that such products are thrown away and likely end up in landfills, they also leave a significant carbon footprint in their wake as a result of polluting manufacturing and distribution processes.

But, keen to show how things which are part of the fabric of modern life need not be so environmentally damaging, a Chorley sewing group are getting green.

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Part of a national, award-winning sewing tuition franchise, Sew Confident Chorley on St George’s Street is headed up by Dawn Elliot. Born in Fife in Scotland, Dawn moved to England at the age of 15, eventually becoming an office manager for an engineering company in Bolton before the urge to do something different kicked in.

Quitting her job, Dawn opened Sew Confident Chorley three months ago and hasn’t looked back.

“It’s gone really well,” said Dawn, who lives in Westhoughton and runs the group with the help of ‘nice little team’ of four freelancers. “People who’ve come along have really enjoyed it.”

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Covering a wide range of haberdashery’s myriad facets including everything from beginners’ tutoring and hand embroidery to quilts, soft furnishings, lingerie, dresses, and tote bags, Sew Confident is focused on reviving the tradition of hand-crafts in a warm atmosphere with like-minded people.

With people also embracing the therapeutic side of the venture, Dawn says she is ‘absolutely loving’ the change of career and while it is not easy, the job is wholly rewarding ‘when you see what people are accomplishing’.

“I’m really loving meeting people and chatting to them – people say I’m dead patient, but that’s what it’s all about,” explained Dawn, who was taught to knit by her mother and grandmother. “We don’t want to be like the old-school home economics teacher who tells you off if your stitching isn’t perfect. We’re laid back – it’s about the social aspect.

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“A few people who have come to the classes have said they’ve had anxiety issues and difficulty getting out and meeting friends, and by the end of the class they’re chatting to everyone,” she added. “It’s really rewarding: I’ve often been brought to tears by the odd message saying ‘you’ve really helped me.’

“Having something to focus on when you’re having a bad day, you need that. Be creative; do something for yourself.”

Spearheaded by Colette Cameron, who works in Sew Confident’s Glasgow branch, the group’s new focus on eco-friendly crafting is set to be a hit with plenty already showing an interest. Classes will offer people the chance to crochet quirky plat pots from old t-shirts and make their own make-up wipes, kitchen roll, and tote bags as part of the Sew Sustainable programme.

“Colette’s very into the environment and is always looking at how we can recycle, reduce waste, and reuse fabrics,” said Dawn, 42. “A lot of people are more aware and are getting into reusing things and cutting down on waste, and we’ll have classes where you can recycle and reuse to make quirky things yourself. People are into that sort of thing and want to give things they’ve made themselves as gifts.

“It’s more personal,” she said.

As well as tutoring the nimble-fingered crafty folk of Chorley, Sew Confident are also looking at doing something with Green Living Chorley, a group which is seeking to promote the benefits of an eco-friendly lifestyle, in the future. And with going green proving a hit, Dawn really is putting the ‘sew’ back in ‘social’.

“I’m really enjoying the work, and I’ve got quite a few friends from it,” said Dawn. “I’m absolutely loving it.”

By JACK MARSHALL

Source: LEP

Kip McGrath Education Centre opens in Crouch Street, Colchester

September 1, 2019

AMID a widely reported school funding crisis and ever-rising classroom sizes, one industry is flourishing.

The UK private tuition business – now worth a whopping £2 billion – is booming.

 
Those wise to this growth industry include Reenu Gupta, who has just opened a Kip McGrath Education Centre franchise in Crouch Street, Colchester.

Reenu moved to Colchester in 2015 with her family when her eldest daughter earned a place at Colchester County High School for Girls.

“Colchester is a very academic and competitive town and parents are keen to provide extra support for children who are struggling to catch up in a bigger classroom environment,” she said.

“For children struggling to catch up, private tutoring helps in providing that extra support.

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“It helps in improving performance and increasing confidence, which in turn helps them later in critical years like GCSE and A-levels.”

Reenu, a qualified teacher and part-time scientist, found extra tuition outside of school helped her two children to progress.

“I have been teaching my children at home and they both passed the 11 plus with flying colours,” she said.

“With my youngest now in secondary school, I was looking to continue teaching in small groups.

“This is when I started looking at options and found the Kip McGrath education programme to be very suitable.”

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Many parents will hire a private tutor to visit their own home, but Reenu believes working as part of a small group is more beneficial.

There is an added emphasis on supporting children through exam stress and the pressures of the social media age.

“It is less threatening for a student to be given space to process new learning without teacher involvement,” she said.

“They still have the security of constant help.

“In a small group setting students are encouraged to model each other’s positive behaviour and also build their self esteem by being role models for other students.

“Individual attention is still possible in a group of five.

“Students move far more confidently from a small group tutoring setting to a large classroom of say 25 to 30 students than from a one-to-one setting.”

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She added: “Pressure for me really translates into discipline and a small amount of discipline whether it is sports, education or any other activity, prepares us to face the competitive world.

“Private tuition provides that extra discipline, which is missing in a standard classroom environment due to the teacher to student ratio.”

Parents are increasingly looking to private tutors for support outside of the classroom and this support is arguably more accessible than ever.

An assessment at the centre is free of charge.

The child is graded in reading, English and Maths and their score is entered on a computer system which generates a lesson plan for each individual.

Lessons are provided by a qualified teacher in groups of five, with weekly homework given to each child.

However, it comes at a price and there is a common view that private tutoring grants well-off families an unfair advantage.

“Unfortunately this is negative perception about private tutoring,” said Reenu.

“I believe any bright student irrespective of the teaching environment would do well in life, but sometimes a lot of students need a bit of extra support and that is where the private tuition fills the gap.

“Private tuition also provides an affordable option for parents to provide that little extra their children need, without having to pay for expensive independent schools.”

Each 80 minute session at the centre costs £35.

Reenu believes private tuition is “augmenting” the quality of education on offer in the country.

“It is contributing to the basic function of the government and society as a whole to provide good quality education to children,” she said.

“It fills in the gaps in understanding of certain topics – which is difficult to achieve in a classroom where the teacher is trying to get through the curriculum while handling poor behaviour.”

To book a free assessment and further information, parents can call the centre on 01206 563798.

By Tom Dalby

Source: https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/17868304.kip-mcgrath-education-centre-opens-crouch-street-colchester/

The therapeutic crafts group in Chorley putting the sew back in social

July 2, 2019

It’s no wonder mental health is such a hot topic these days, and in Chorley a novel method of achieving that precious therapeutic calm amidst the maelstrom of 21st century noise will soon be open. An award-winning sewing tuition franchise, Sew Confident is putting the ‘sew’ back in ‘social’; cutting the ‘dash’ out of ‘haberdashery’.

Not only offering the chance to explore a burgeoning hobby via a range of classes, Sew Confident is all about the well-being benefits of hands-on craft in a warm atmosphere alongside like-minded people. With established branches in Glasgow and Dundee, founder Jenny McCreary has expanded into the North West with Dawn Elliot gearing up to front the Chorley branch on St. George’s Street, which will open later this month.

 
“Life is hectic for most people – we’re wired because of technology,” said Jenny, 32, who has a degree in fashion business from Glasgow Caledonian University. “With craft, everything chills you out and it puts you into a similar mental state to meditation. We keep everything really positive.”

Having worked for a couple of businesses which went bankrupt during the recession and finding herself in the Job Centre more regularly than she would’ve liked, Jenny started Sew Confident in 2012 and by 2014 had a studio in Glasgow. “I started to focus more on the customer; yes, they wanted to learn to sew but they loved the social side and the de-stressing side as well,” Jenny explained.

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Sew Confident’s ‘sewcial’ ethos was born.

From beginners’ tutoring and hand embroidery to trying your needle at everything from quilts and soft furnishings to lingerie, dresses, and tote bags, the classes are open to absolutely everyone, with Fife-born Dawn, who moved to England at the age of 15, set to head up the Chorley studio with help from a few freelancers.

“Having our first [branch] in England is massive,” said Dawn, who lives in Westhoughton and was previously an office manager for an engineering company in Bolton. “It’s a lot about the mental health side of things: having a social place to meet like-minded people and do something creative where you can leave with something you’ve made gives you a boost and makes you feel good.

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“I’ve quit a really good job, but I’d worked for years in an office thinking ‘why am I sat at a desk when I want to be at home making things?’” added Dawn, 42. “So when I saw this opportunity it sounded perfect. It just makes me happy and to see other people having a go is brilliant.”

Jenny said: “We’re delighted to have Dawn on board; Chorley is the cutest place and the vibe in the studio is perfect. We can’t wait.”

Taught to knit by her mother and grandmother, Dawn’s interest was further piqued by home economics classes and GCSE textiles. Disappointed to see sewing and crafts allocated precious little time and importance in school, she not only wants to rekindle the sheer skills of sewing and haberdashery, but is also a massive proponent of the therapeutic benefits of sewing.

“We’re really relaxed,” explained Dawn. “It’s not about being the best sewer – we’re not going to slap anyone on the wrist, it’s about building confidence and giving people encouragement that they can make all these things.

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“The response has been really good,” she added, with the group’s Facebook page growing to almost 400 followers in a matter of weeks. “With sewing you can’t be distracted by your phone like you can while watching telly, so in these classes your mind is solely on what you’re stitching in front of you.

“It’s a nice environment,” Dawn said. “It’s so therapeutic.”

By Jack Marshall

Source: Lancashire Post

Education Franchise UK – Should You Buy UK Education Franchises?

March 29, 2019

Education Franchise UK – the TOP 10 MUST KNOWS about finding and running successful UK Education Franchises.

If you’ve got the right skill set, buying and running an education franchise UK could be a fruitful investment – both financially and personally.

 
Education is among the most important pillars of a society. A society’s worth is determined just as emphatically by how educated its members are, as it is by its economic power. In fact, without strengthening the education sector, there’s no hope for a society progress – especially in this day and age. Much the reason why, UNESCO has long deemed education to be a basic human right.

Thankfully, Britain has always been a global leader when it comes to providing quality education to its residents. Despite this, there remains a significant room for improvement – a space that schools and colleges just can’t fill. This is where private ventures in the education sector come to the fore.

By offering highly specific tutoring services (among others), these businesses not only have carved a niche for themselves, but they also have managed to address some of the grassroot-reach issues of our education system – a certain win-win, if there was one.

Buying and running an education franchise UK will help you enter and operate in an industry that has a lot to offer in terms of financial returns, job satisfaction and enjoyment. Things, however, are never straightforward, especially when you’re franchising for the first time. In this article, we’ll discuss what education franchises UK are, how much it costs to buy one, when you can expect to break even and what skills you need to possess in order to succeed.

Before You Buy An Education Franchise UK – Some Important Stats

The UK education industry, from one end to another, has excelled in terms of quality, vision and reach. Before you decide to invest your money in an education franchise UK, it’s important to have some understanding of the industry.

Since UK education franchises operate chiefly in the private tutor sector of the education industry, we will keep the discussion limited to cover for that aspect.

  • The private tutoring industry is much larger than most people imagine it to be. At over £6 bn, the annual turnovers of this segment have comfortably overtaken many standalone industries in the last few years.
  • The demand forces for private tutors are larger today than ever. Nearly 27% of school-going children are estimated to hire the services of private tutors for at least one subject (2018). For reference, this percentage was only 18% in 2005.
  • This percentage rises dramatically in urban and metropolitan areas. In London, for example, the same percentage is reported to be as high as 44% (2016).
  • Private tutoring businesses have consistently posted high YoY growth in the last ten years. Some start-ups have gone on to register 500% growth points in a single year.
  • Private tutoring usually yields decent hourly rates for tutors. Language classes, for example, are estimated to earn the tutor an average of £20-25 per hour. Sports tutors, at the same time, earn significantly higher – £35-40 per hour, on average.
  • The distribution of subjects in terms of demand makes for a curious case when we discuss the economic feasibility of education franchises UK. Maths, English and Sciences is the ongoing order of preference for most children. 77% of these children are estimated to receive private tuitions in maths. Nearly 30% of kids receive private tuitions during the holiday period.
  • In continuation of the last point, it’s important to note that the summer months account for a great deal of activity on the private tutors’ circuit in the UK. A combination of factors – GCSE and A-level preparations and year-end entrance exams, to name a few – mean that parents are eager to hire private tutors during these months for their children.

Sources: TutorHunt, The Tutor Website, Superprof, The Guardian, The Independent

The bottom line is, buying an education franchise UK lets you enter an industry segment that is profitable and enjoyable. The upward moving trajectory of the segment holds enormous promise over the next 10 years for education franchises UK. You can also expect to achieve a decent resale value when you decide to sell your franchise.

Why Are UK Education Franchises Needed?

Many critics bemoan the very need of having private tutors teach children – some even see these needs as a certain failure of the education infrastructure at large.

Despite these contrarian views, it should be safe and fair to say that every education franchise UK carries a great deal of importance in the larger scheme of things. Many parents and children can vouch for the fact private tuitions – when done right – can be immensely helpful.

UK education franchises, in most cases, offer an assortment of specialty tuitions that are aimed at smaller, more definable demographics. This micro-targetting ensures that such franchises can offer better quality services, justifying the need for their existence.

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How Much Does An Education Franchise UK Cost?

Education franchises UK are through and through service provider businesses.

This, however, doesn’t mean that these franchise businesses work like other service sector businesses. The main reason for this is the way education franchises are run. We will get to that point in the next part of this post.

“Franchisees should note that a typical education franchise UK – operated locally, with an exclusive territory and a proven business model – will cost you anywhere between £8,000 and £20,000.”

The good news is, education franchises UK cost much less than some of the other franchise opportunities out there. This also means that scalability and marketing bottlenecks prevent such businesses from taking off locally. Even when you earn profits, they will always be limited and predictable.

If you’re looking for a franchise opportunity that’s rewarding, enjoyable, affordable and returns decent profits, education franchises deserve a place on your shortlist.

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Do You Need To Be A Qualified Teacher To Run An Education Franchise UK?

The short answer is – no, not necessarily.

We do come across this question very often, and we try to answer it just as matter-of-factly in our franchising blogs.

This is one of the most prominent benefits of franchising – you don’t always need to have relevant industry experience to buy or run your franchise. This holds true for UK education franchises, as well.

To understand why, it’s necessary to understand how an education franchise UK functions.

Here’s the blueprint followed by almost all franchisors:

  1. The franchisor develops a successful business model.
  2. Franchisees buy franchise units.
  3. Each franchisee is assigned a dedicated and exclusive territory to operate in.
  4. The franchisee hires qualified tutors (usually in consultation with the franchisor).
  5. The franchisee oversees the local operations, including marketing, coordination, administration and finances.
  6. The franchisor is paid royalties/commission as specified in the franchise agreement.

Essentially, your role as a franchisee will largely be limited to ‘running’ the business. Quite naturally, the eventual profitability hinges on you being able to hire competent tutors – a bottleneck that we referred to earlier. This process can be quite tricky, especially since you’ll need to be extremely meticulous in running background checks and vetting applicants.

Are Niche Markets The Way To Go For UK Education Franchises?

Going after niche markets is usually a good idea for service providers because if there’s enough demand, one can quickly establish authority and build the business up on that foundation.

The same principle can be applied to education franchises.

You’ll never see a franchise opportunity that targets a large, non-specific market in this segment. A business that is able to cater to such widespread demands is usually also able to expand organically. In short, businesses that cater to a niche market are in the best position to franchise – the reason why going niche is the way going forward.

You’ll often see examples of this all around you. From programming tutors for children to guitar tutors for all age groups – niche businesses have already left a mark on the private tutoring sector in the UK.

Top Education Franchises UK

If you’re looking to invest in an education franchise UK, our shortlist of some of the most popular options will give you a fair idea of what to expect from the franchisor in terms of training, marketing, territorial rights, support and more.

1. Mother Nature Science

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £10,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Interactive science education for children (aged 5-12)
  • Get started right away, with affordable initial investment
  • Low overheads, low operational costs
  • Home-based franchise opportunity
  • Ideal for qualified teachers
  • A range of products, programmes and classes
  • High profit margins, fast returns
  • Provisional BFA Member

2. Les Puces

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £10,000+ (plus VAT)
  • USP: Early years French classes
  • Affordable franchise fees, low overheads
  • No French language proficiency required
  • Employ and operate a team of French language tutors in your area
  • High margins
  • Reputed brand name

3. MagiKats

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £12,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Maths and English tuitions for children
  • Popular, renowned brand name
  • Flexibility, can be run from a home-office
  • Full training and support
  • No prior experience required
  • Marketing support
  • Can be run part-time depending on your other commitments

4. UK Pianos

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £15,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Leading piano instructor and classes
  • In business for 2 decades
  • Full training provided for your tutors
  • Bespoke piano teaching programmes and books
  • Opportunity to boost your income with piano sales commissions

5. Razzmatazz

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £9,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Fun-filled performing arts, theatre and dance classes for kids
  • Highly rewarding business experience
  • Unique, proven business model
  • Can be run part-time
  • 100% ongoing business support
  • Associate BFA Member 

6. International Coaching Academy

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £19,500 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Build your own coaching business
  • Proven business model
  • Fully-optimised launch programme
  • Full training provided
  • Exclusive territories allocated to franchisees
  • Fully functional website and lead generation mechanism
  • Marketing and social media support

UK Education Franchises – The Takeaways

  • Focus on niche markets. If you can’t afford to run the business full-time, choose a flexible education franchise UK opportunity that gives you more balance.
  • While you don’t need experience to run an education franchise, it’s always beneficial to have an innate understanding of how you can provide the best services to your customers.
  • Franchise market research, as is always the case, is extremely important before you invest.
  • Most education franchises can be run from home. So, make sure you are doing your best to minimise other overheads.
  • Hire your employees with extreme caution and care.

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UK Franchise calls for high street reform in 2019

February 19, 2019

Mathnasium, a UK franchise, has made a plea to UK commercial landlords and planning departments to review and reform their planning policies to allow for a more diversified high street.

Mathnasium, a Maths tutoring franchise, claims its growth has been thwarted due to high street restrictions. Despite the demand from franchisees and students for Mathnasium centres across the country, the company has only secured eight high street locations due to delays with outdated planning permission and obstructive landlords.

With the latest reports painting a dismal view of the future of the UK high street, with 40,000 jobs this year alone affected by closures, Mathnasium is calling for change.

Local town planning departments up and down the country set their own planning policy, and Mathnasium argues many of which are archaic and out of touch with the needs of consumers. Many councils insist on a 95% retail business occupancy. This sometimes results in buildings lying empty for months on end whilst legitimate businesses like Mathnasium are refused change of use applications.

Steve Felmingham, UK director of operations at Mathnasium, comments: ‘We know the Government is taking steps to address diversity on the high street with the update of its National Policy Planning Framework in July, but local authorities need to jump on this now. Unless action is taken, we are in danger of at best retaining a homogenous high street, or at worst no high street at all. By attracting a range of organisations, you encourage variety of services – this helps to drive interest, increase footfall and in turn secure further investment.

‘Cambridge high street is one example of high street diversity, with its vibrancy reliant on a rich and varied mix of establishments in order to attract visitors. In a survey carried out by the Cambridge Independent, 54% of respondents said a range of shops determined where they shopped, which Cambridge offers.

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‘Despite the obvious appeal of high street diversity, planning restrictions are limiting the potential growth of non-retail businesses thanks to delays with outdated planning permission and obstructive landlords.’

Expert Peter Higginbottom, director at London based Planning Insight, Mathnasium’s planning partner, explains: ‘It is becoming increasingly frustrating for clients trying to obtain high street premises. Many local planning authorities have very restrictive planning policies which seek to protect high streets but often do so through high thresholds for the retention of traditional retail uses.

‘As such, many planning departments and landlords are refusing applications from other diverse businesses such as Mathnasium. This approach is often short sighted given that a number of retail units are empty for many months. Overly restrictive planning policies and a lack of flexibility by local authorities are only going to serve to drive the high street into greater decline. Those with flexible planning policies, will enable more diverse and successful high streets.’

At a time when the British high street faces its biggest threat of extinction, it’s vital for local planning departments to cease the opportunity to create diversity and harness the obvious appetite from many non-retail businesses to reinvigorate our towns and cities.

Source: LocalGov

Business offering language lessons for children to launch in Gloucester

January 8, 2019

Chloe Marchand has opened a Kidslingo franchise, that will teach kids from birth to the age of 11.

A businesswoman from Gloucester is bringing French and Spanish lessons to children in the area with her new business.

Chloe Marchand, an ex-marketing executive, has opened a Kidslingo franchise, that will teach kids from birth to the age of 11.

Kidslingo itself is an umbrella business that teaches more than 12,000 babies, toddlers and primary school chidlren through a national network of over 130 franchisees and tutors.

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Chloe’s franchise will be operating in and around Gloucester, covering areas such as Quedgeley, Brockworth, Hucclecote, Innsworth and more.

The teaching method focuses on innovation using a mix of music, games, Makaton, role-play, drama and storytelling to teach children languages.

Chloe, originally a French speaker was taught English as a foreign language and wants to pass on her love of language to the next generation.

She said: “I love working with children, languages and teaching, so setting up a Kidslingo franchise seemed the perfect blend of all three.

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“I think learning languages is so important and I can’t wait to help inspire kids to learn through interactive and, most importantly, fun lessons.”

To register your interest for Kidslingo’s classes or to find out more about working with Kidslingo to deliver language lessons in your venue, please contact Chloe Marchand directly on: chloe.marchand@kidslingo.co.uk

To find a French or Spanish class near you, please visit kidslingo.co.uk

Source: In Your Area

Franchisee win for Tutor Doctor entrepreneurs changing course of children’s lives

August 15, 2018

Rob and Lynne Kerrison, owners of Tutor Doctor Cambridge, are celebrating after being crowned ‘Franchisee of the Year’ at the brand’s annual global conference.

Chosen from all of the Tutor Doctor franchises worldwide – which marks more than 500 – the Kerrisons were awarded for “their unwavering commitment and ongoing contributions to the network whilst simultaneously forging one of the most successful single unit Tutor Doctor franchises”.

Said to be the fastest growing in-home tutoring franchise, Tutor Doctor provides one-to-one tutoring, directly into the home either in person or via its online learning platform.

Instead of trying to impose a single style and method of learning, the brand’s ethos is that with personal, tailored assistance, everyone can learn.

The Kerrisons became franchisees for the chain in 2010 and have since worked with over 2,000 families in Cambridge, have partnered with 15 local schools to provide one-to-one tutoring support outside the classroom, and have a network of 200 tutors working with them.

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For the last four years their Cambridge business has ranked in the top five Tutor Doctor franchises in the word, and has recently been awarded preferred provider status with Cambridge County Council. 47 of of its tutors were also nominated for the 2018 National Tutor of the Year awards.

Speaking of their global award win at the chain’s ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’ conference in Canada, Rob Kerrison commented:

“We’re delighted and so proud to have been recognised for our efforts. We’re incredibly passionate about what we do and we genuinely care about the students, the families and the tutors that we work with. And I think it shows.”

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Tutor Doctor is looking for other budding entrepreneurs to follow in the Kerrison’s footsteps and make a daily impact in student’s lives while building profitable businesses.

The home tutoring chain has franchise opportunities available for a cost of £29,700 and claims some of its franchisees are generating annual turnover of up to £850,000, with a 55% gross and 25% net profit.

Source: Start-Ups

Private school overseas ‘franchises’ are on the rise, report finds

July 17, 2018

Private school overseas “franchises” are on the rise, a report has found, as they struggle to raise funds for bursaries for less well-off pupils.

The number of independent schools in the UK opening up campuses abroad will grow by more than a quarter this year alone, a study by ISC Research has found.

There are currently 57 overseas campuses of British schools, with another 15 due to open in September. In the past two years, a further 19 have opened up, marking a steep increase in the past three years.

Richard Gaskell, schools director at ISC Research, said: “There hasn’t been much growth in the UK market for a lot of the independent schools and they are looking for a non-fee based income.

“They want to offer more bursaries, that is definitely a driving principal for many of the top schools. Opening a campus overseas is another major revenue stream. They also want to keep fees down, so this takes the pressure off.”

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He explained that most private schools use a “franchise” model, where an investor or management company pays the school a fixed amount each year – similar to a royalty – in order to use their name, brand or expertise. The British “mother ship” school is often paid a percentage of the private school fees each year, on top of the franchise fee.

It comes amid mounting pressure on the country’s most prestigious private schools to step up their efforts to help less well-off pupils.

Three quarters of independent schools in England are registered as charities, earning them favourable business rates and VAT exemptions on fees.

To qualify as a charity they must demonstrate that they provide “public benefit” to a reasonably wide section of the public, rather than to a narrow group of wealthy individuals.

This year, the £38,000-a-year Wellington College is to open three schools in China and one in Thailand, while Shrewsbury School will open one in Thailand and one in Hong Kong.

Kings College School Wimbledon, which charges parents £21,000-a-year, will also open two in China, and King Henry VIIII College will open a school in Malaysia.

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, said: “Schools want to offer more bursaries. They cannot afford to do that while putting up their fees and they know they have to hold their fees steady.”

He said that opening an overseas private school is a “very good source of income” for institutions that want to raise more cash to fund places for disadvantaged pupils.

Mr Lenon, a former headmaster of Harrow School, said added that now the “pioneer schools” have shown it can be done, others are following suit.

Harrow School opened up new campuses in Thailand, Beijing and Hong Kong under his headship. “Quite a lot of these new schools are ones that started with one and are setting up a second and third. Once you have done one and learned how to do it, you have the infrastructure in place,” he said.

Source: Telegraph

Tutor Doctor Prepares for UK Growth with Canapés and Cocktails Events for Franchise Prospects

June 19, 2018

According to market research firm Global Industry Analysts, Inc., with classroom sizes getting increasingly bigger and children not receiving the level of personalised education they need in a competitive primary, secondary university and college landscape, the international private tutoring market is expected to reach $227 billion by 2022. With demand in the education industry at an all-time high, Tutor Doctor has been doing its part to fight this education crisis – and experiencing rapid growth on an international level as a result. Tutor Doctor’s services have resonated in the UK in particular, which is why the brand is gearing up for a month of events to engage with prospective franchisees in LondonManchesterBirmingham and Bristol.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • LondonWednesday, June 20th7:00 p.m., The Rembrandt Hotel, 11 Thurloe Place, London SW7 2RS
  • ManchesterSaturday, June 23rd2:00 p.m., The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter St., Manchester M60 2DS
  • BirminghamTuesday, June 26th7:00 p.m., Radisson Blu Hotel, 12 Holloway Circus Queensway B1 1BT
  • BristolWednesday, June 27th7:00 p.m., Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2 EL

“The beauty of Tutor Doctor is that the brand can go anywhere. There’s no limitation as to where we can open because students across the globe are all working on their own homework with different pain points that require our help,” said Frank Milner, president of Tutor Doctor. Milner joined the brand in 2007 after realizing its unlimited growth potential as a parent of a Tutor Doctor student who experienced great results through the program.

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Tutor Doctor brings individualized tutoring services to children all over the world. Right now, the brand has more than 300 franchisees operating in 550 territories, solidifying its position as a major player in the supplemental education franchising space. That global success is due in part to its unique approach to providing educational services. Rather than focusing on a standard curriculum, tutors work with students one-to-one and customise their lesson plans and strategies depending on the needs of each individual child. They also provide that service right in the family’s home, which fosters a strong learning environment to be established in a location that’s comfortable and convenient for students and their families.

That direct, one-to-one relationship has proven to be successful for students in a wide variety of markets, especially in the UK, where 60 franchisees operate across 114 territories with territory available in desirable markets. According to Nigel Mayne, Tutor Doctor’s director of international development, that’s exactly why the brand is focusing on growth there in 2018. And given its differentiated approach, he’s confident those ongoing growth efforts will be successful.

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Mayne said, “What makes Tutor Doctor stand out from the competition is its infrastructural support. We understand that there’s a need for franchisees to have direct support throughout their entire franchise agreement. There are a lot of businesses that fail in franchising because after their initial training, the brand essentially just wishes them luck. But Tutor Doctor puts a premium on hands-on franchisee support, with launch support specialists and franchise field consultants in place, and that’s what puts us head and shoulders above the crowd.”

UK franchisees Mark and Joanne Butler were instantly drawn to Tutor Doctor’s ability to differentiate itself from the competition. The husband-and-wife duo were looking into business ownership opportunities and recognized the strong need for educational services in their local community of Reading in Berkshire, England. Being parents themselves, they knew first-hand how difficult it can be to find a tutor. So, they signed on to join the Tutor Doctor team.

“A friend recommended franchising, so we were looking at what businesses were available. We had been looking for tutors for our children years before, so we recognized the need and the difficulty in finding the right tutor. We ultimately saw Tutor Doctor as a brand in a growing business sector that will always be in demand—parents will always find the money to support their children,” said Mark.

Since launching their business in May of 2014, the Butlers have added two more units to their system in Maidenhead and Wokingham, both of which neighbor Reading and are a commutable distance to London. That shift to becoming multi-unit owners is something that’s common for Tutor Doctor franchisees in the UK, especially as buzz surrounding the brand continues to build in the region.

“When I first started three years ago, there wasn’t as much awareness of the Tutor Doctor brand in local communities because we were much smaller. But the perception of our brand has changed drastically over the past few years as we’ve continued to grow. Now, when we do shows or speak to franchise candidates, they’ve already seen our name in their local community,” said Mayne. “Tutor Doctor is a brand name that’s respected and recognisable, which speaks to the strength of our model.”

That model is one that stands out to entrepreneurs and consumers alike. And according to Mark, it’s why franchisees like he and Joanne are able to increase profitability and see a strong return on their investment.

“As a franchise opportunity, there’s a flexibility to run the business as a small one-person operation or as a larger operator. The overheads are also low,” said Mark. “Beyond that, what makes Tutor Doctor stand out is its attention to care. The brand fills a need in the market and has the right ethos to provide education.”

What makes the Butlers successful franchisees, according to Mayne, is that they’ve been able to make Tutor Doctor an integral part of the local community in every city their locations call home. Just as it’s critical for the brand’s tutors to form personal relationships with the children and families they work with, it’s equally important for business owners to establish relationships with the people, schools and organisations in their markets.

Mayne said, “You have to be a people person to thrive as a Tutor Doctor franchisee. You need to be really comfortable getting out there and talking to members of your local community in order to build your network and potential customer base. Those sales and marketing skills are what will ultimately make or a break a franchisee. We’re also looking for franchisees who understand how to scale a business.”

Over the course of 2018 and beyond, Tutor Doctor plans to help both existing and new franchisees in the UK scale their businesses. The brand’s expectation is to push forward and sign two to five new franchise agreements per month across the UK. And so far, those expectations are being realized, which led to the goal to ink deals for around 30 new franchises this year. To make that growth goal a reality, Tutor Doctor is targeting specific regions across the UK, including LondonManchesterBirmingham and Bristol.

“The North in general presents a strong development opportunity for the Tutor Doctor brand this year. We’ve enjoyed a lot of organic growth there, and new franchisees who come on board will be able to capitalise on existing awareness in the area,” Mayne said. “We host Canapés and Cocktails events like these to allow interested franchisees to network and engage with our current franchisees. Once people hear about how in-demand our services are, and how successful our franchisees are, they want to learn more.”

Mark agrees that the rising awareness surrounding the Tutor Doctor brand name will continue to boost business for local owners in the region. He also notes that the brand will continue to experience success because of the fact that education and individualized tutoring are in-demand, recession-resistant industries.

“Families here are committed to education for their children. There are few competitors out there but our expertise and business model allow us to clear up any confusion for our clients,” said Mark.

Franchisees who sign on to join Tutor Doctor and become part of one of the fastest growing supplemental education brands in the industry can expect their initial investment for a single territory franchise to range from £40,000 to £45,000, including franchise fee and startup costs. For more information or to inquire about investing in your own territory, call Tutor Doctor’s international franchise development team at 020.8133.3525.

ABOUT TUTOR DOCTOR

With more than 550 territories in 16 countries, Tutor Doctor was named the No. 1 In-Home Tutoring Franchise by Entrepreneur in 2018. Founded as an alternative to the “one-to-many” teaching model most extra-curricular learning centers offer, Tutor Doctor provides a personalized one-to-one, in-home tutoring service to students of all ages. Now with offices internationally, the Tutor Doctor vision is becoming a reality, positively impacting students and their families worldwide. With the belief that all students can achieve academic success through academic foundation building and discipline, Tutor Doctor continues to lead the private tutoring industry. For more information, please visit www.tutordoctoropportunity.com.

Source: PR News Wire