During the height of the pandemic, the one industry that the world turned to in order to survive lockdown was the arts. From online choirs to virtual dance classes, every element of the arts was consumed to spread much needed sanity and joy.
With lockdown restrictions likely to tighten and relax over the coming months in Ireland, it is a stark reality that large numbers of people are unsure of what the future holds for them, with many still unable to go back to work. Continue reading “Limerick mum starts languages business to fulfil local demand and support home education”
What’s your career background – what did you do before you joined Lingotot?
I am a qualified CELTA teacher, teaching English as a foreign language to adults. I currently work at Coventry University, teaching on the semester courses led by the MFL department. I have also taught on a 1:1 basis, teacher trained volunteers who would like to become tutors and I have mentored many students with their MA studies. Continue reading “Hear from Lingotot Franchisee Layla Riches about her franchise journey”
As businesses face an unprecedented challenge this year due to Covid-19, national education franchise, Lingotot, is delighted to have their hard work recognised across a number of business awards.
When Cheshire-based Sophie Birley-Brown was placed on furlough back in March, she knew the time was right to look for something new. With many years of Operations and PA experience, she was keen to realise her ambition of running her own business.
Franchise case study: Zoe McKibbin, Razzamataz Edinburgh and Razzamataz Glasgow South
Meet multiple franchise owner with Razzamataz Theatre Schools Zoe McKibbin, age 27 from Glasgow. Zoe took over the Edinburgh school in 2016 and Glasgow South in 2018.
Martial arts millionaire and former friend and bodyguard to Michael Jackson has come on board to take a Dragons’ Den backed business to new levels. Matt Fiddes is an entrepreneur and franchising expert, who runs one of the largest chains of martial arts schools in the world with more than 1,000 locations. In fact, it was Michael Jackson who first introduced Matt to the world of franchising.
Husband-and-wife team Zororo Mubaya and Terence Kavuru, are celebrating their first business birthday after securing their Driving Miss Daisy franchise in August 2019.
In 2014, just one week after swimming the English Channel Ian Davies was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, cancer of the plasma cells.
It was important to him to show that having cancer should not stop people from doing things and stretching themselves. Continue reading “Driving Miss Daisy: Ian Davies – Our Ultra-Distance Rowing Hero”
During the April lockdown Nigel kept himself as busy as possible within sensible parameters and in line with legislation. Naturally with the client group he supports, work at times was limited. However, having received permission from Dementia Together, RS’s daughter was able to continue to book Nigel in a variety of ways.
Are you considering buying a franchise but are slightly trepidatious about exactly how they work and what you can get out of them? That’s not surprising. There are some differences in the way franchises work to other businesses. But it doesn’t have to be scary or confusing.
Tens of thousands of people across the UK run successful franchise businesses, drawn to them by the established business model, the additional support, and the sense of being part of a wider organisation – but still with added benefits of being your own boss and having a greater degree of freedom.
We are really excited to be featuring on the AFA blog and cannot wait to share with you all what we have been up to recently. We really have pulled together over the past few months and have came out the other end stronger and more ready than ever before – with three new Franchise signings might we add. Stay tuned… Continue reading “Hello from the Little Learners Franchise Team!”
Award-winning virtual agency Get Ahead VA is delighted to welcome a new franchisee for the East Midlands to support businesses in Nottingham, Derby, Loughborough and Burton-on-Trent.
“Lancashire entrepreneurs deserve the headspace to do the work they love
during this challenging time”
Eloise Robb, from Chorley, started an Alchemy Virtual Assistance (VA) hub from her home office last month, with the purpose of providing flexible, remote admin and PA support to growing businesses under the trusted Alchemy brand. Continue reading “Alchemy VA welcome an experienced Lancashire-based Virtual Assistant to help small business owners and entrepreneurs recover, rebuild, and thrive post-Covid.”
Catriona : PetStay Highlands & Moray Branch
“When I read about the PetStay franchise model I thought it sounded perfect for me, I think the idea had been simmering for a while before things fell into place. Continue reading “Hear from PetStay franchisee Catriona how she created a thriving business supporting her local economy and community”
Emma: PetStay Durham & Darlington Branch
I have always been passionate about animals, especially dogs so I did a google search on possible careers that I could pursue involving dogs. I found PetStay and knew it was for me and after meeting with PetStay and the team at Head Office I knew I had found a new path to follow. I was given all the training and support I needed to start my new venture. Continue reading “Hear from PetStay franchisee Emma how she turned her passion into a business”
Isabelle : PetStay Dorset & Bournemouth Branch
I’ve been involved with dogs all my life; in fact they are my passion. When the opportunity arose to run the PetStay Dorset & Bournemouth branch, it was my dream job. Continue reading “Hear from PetStay franchisee Isabelle how her dream came into reality”
Sophia: PetStay Norfolk Branch
Having been a vet and finding that this didn’t match family life anymore, I had changed over to teaching Animal Management. After doing that for 7 years, the system had changed so much, it was taking over my life and I wanted something that would mean I could put in more or less time, as it suited me and that IF I put in more time, I would reap the benefits from it myself. Also, I wanted more job satisfaction and less stress. Continue reading “Hear from PetStay franchisee Sophia how PetStay helped her create more work life balance”
Award-winning virtual agency celebrates 10 years in business
Virtual agency Get Ahead VA is delighted to be celebrating ten successful years in business this September. The team of over 40 franchisees and virtual assistants are looking forward to celebrating in virtual style, in light of current social distancing measures.
Hopes Happy Hounds (HHH), a UK-based pet service franchise plans to double in size within the next 18 months. This low-cost franchise, initial investment is just £2995, is very affordable to people who have recently been made redundant or are looking to top up with a second income.