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Children are the future… Or maybe ‘your’ future?

November 24th, 2014 by Maria Santos in Franchise Industry News you quickly search online for famous quotes related to children, there’s no doubt you’ll easily find thousands of well-known sayings. Just to quote one example, Henry David Thoreau has been reminding us since the 19th century that “Every child begins the world again”. Still, the world is not kind to every child.

As the Universal Children’s Day  – the date was celebrated last week, on 20th November 2014 – points out every year, there are millions of children that don’t know what it’s like to live in a world where human rights are more than words.  The date was created 60 years ago by the United Nations (UN), the same organisation that also implemented the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

A study published in 2010 by the Global Campaign for Education stated that almost 70 million children across the world are still prevented from going to school and receiving a proper education. While this happens mostly in places like north-eastern Africa, it probably makes you wonder how you could help the children near you.

Childrens Day 2014Although the situation is very different in the United Kingdom, there are many British children that don’t feel inspired when it comes to learning or engaging in sports activities. And that can turn into a big problem that will surely cripple our society. But what if you could work towards changing this problem? What if you could transform the lives of children around you? What if this could become your career?

The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said that “Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well”. And that is absolutely true!

Motivated and competent educators are essential for the development of a child. You obviously know this and, if you’re reading this article, you might have even considered at some point becoming a member of this distinguished group. But then the questions start to pop up:-

“But how can I do this if I don’t have a degree?”

“Where would I even start?”

“Who is going to help me during this process?”

This is usually when your plans go down the drain. However, this is also when we come to your rescue with a simple suggestion: franchising.

sfsdfssdfWhether you’re a big sports fan or a creative soul, there are options for everyone. Here is a list of franchise opportunities for you:-

A-Star Sports - A multi award-winning children’s sports coaching franchise, specialising in delivering regular weekly classes, holiday clubs, parties and events directly to families. The franchise for people with a lot of drive and passion to make sport as fun and enjoyable as possible for young children.

Magical Maths – Operate a business that makes a genuine difference in the lives of many thousands of primary aged children. You’ll build a team that visits primary schools and makes maths fun via a selection of after school clubs, daytime tuition sessions and holiday camps.

The Creation Station – Inspire children’s imaginations through positive and nurturing art and craft experiences. This is the right opportunity for people who love children and recognize the importance of developing confidence, creativity and core life skills from an early age.

Sports Xtra – A management franchise for people passionate about sports and children. The best opportunity for people looking to build an exciting business that will positively impact their local community.

If you think franchising could be the next step in your career, why not visit and try our free 2 Minute Matching Service?

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I want to be an entrepreneur! What should I do?

November 19th, 2014 by Maria Santos in Franchise Industry News

GEW 2014So you have always dreamed about owning your own business. Controlling your schedule, growing a company at your own rhythm… If all this sounds like perfection, then you are definitely entrepreneur material.

And what better time to talk about this than during the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 (GEW)?

The international initiative – which aims to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs – started on Monday (17th November) and ends on Sunday (23rd November). Now in its eighth year, the GEW is taking place simultaneously in more than 140 countries, with 30,000 events run by 25,000 different organisations across the world.

The not-for-profit organisation Youth Business International (YBI) is the host of this year’s event in the United Kingdom, along with Barclays. Over 300,000 people are expected to take part in more than 2,000 events in the country alone.

– See GEW 2014 calendar here –

This year’s theme “Get Connected” is not an accidental choice. A survey published after the 2013 event showed that 43% of the participants considered that making new contacts was a top priority.

The report found that 43% of the participants in last year’s GEW were more likely to start a business in the following year. Also, 78% felt more confident about their entrepreneurial ideas and ventures after participating. being said, you might think the Global Entrepreneurship Week is exclusively organised with young and creative people in mind. However, the truth is that you can be a part of it regardless of your age and business ideas. After all, there is no such thing as an expiry date for entrepreneurship and willpower.

The first step is to decide what type of entrepreneur you want to be. You have different options to consider:-

  1. Start a new business with an original concept
  2. Start a business inspired by an existing idea
  3. Buy an existing business
  4. Create a ‘one person’ company and subcontract your services
  5. And, finally, buy a franchise

Yes, buying a franchise! Franchisees are entrepreneurs that follow a proven business model with reduced risk and a higher probability of success. According to the Franchise Survey 2013 published by NatWest and the British Franchise Association, around 90% of franchise businesses are successful and profitable.

This means exactly what you’re thinking: you don’t need a brilliant idea or out-of-this-world skills to be a great entrepreneur. Buying a franchise means you can choose to do something that you love on your own, while receiving constant support from the franchisor.

If this sounds like a good idea, why not visit and try our free 2 Minute Matching Service? Buying a franchise could be the perfect answer to your entrepreneurial dreams!

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Why veterans make great business owners

November 12th, 2014 by Maria Santos in Franchise Industry News

asdasdDiscipline, focus, resilience. Three qualities shared by all army veterans that once kept them safe on the battlefield. However, it turns out these personality treats – along with strong motivation, strategic orientation and the ability to cooperate – are the same qualities that turn veterans into great business owners and entrepreneurs.

While the UK honours the men and women who died in conflicts since World War I following the recent Remembrance Day (or Armistice Day, celebrated on 11th November), we would also like to honour a different type of hero. Today we talk about the brave men and women who went from a battle plan to a business plan.

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Tony Banks

The list of British war veterans turned business owners is long and includes a few well-known names, such as Tony Banks. When he was just a 21-year-old, Banks was sent to fight in the Falklands war. After the end of the conflict, the Scottish youngster served with the Parachute Field Ambulance service.

He then left the army and moved back to Scotland, where he founded his own company: the Balhousie Care Group. The company is currently composed of 27 care homes and considered Scotland’s largest private care home provider, employing over 1000 people.

Today, Tony Banks is not only Honorary Colonel of the Territorial Army’s 71 Engineer Regiment, but also a successful entrepreneur that used his skills to thrive in the world of business.

Banks is part of a statistic that makes the military proud. A recent report says that veterans are 45% more likely than nonveterans to start their own businesses with high success rates. And this includes buying a franchise, like John Cameron did.

After 13 years of serving the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, 29-year-old Cameron joined one of the largest and most reputable repair networks in the UK. The ex-army Mechanical Engineer set up Revive! East Lothian earlier this year and is now visiting customers to repair scuffs, scrapes and minor damage on their vehicles.


John Cameron

“It is a bit nerve-wracking setting up your own business,” he admits. “But when you are part of a good franchise network, you know that you can rely on the training and advice you receive up front. Even better, there is always someone available on the end of the phone if you have any questions or concerns.”

And this Revive! franchisee has big plans for his new venture. “My aim is to earn a reputation for offering the best mobile bodyshop service in East Lothian. In a years time I’d like to be in a position to take on a member of staff and add another van to my business.” It seems like ambition is also one of the qualities that help army veterans move forward in the business world.

That explains why there are investors eager to help veterans. In 2013, a group of investors launched the venture capital trust Time Reboot in the UK. The fund is now backing new and growing companies run by former British servicemen and women.

The investors agree with the general opinion: veterans have indeed “qualities that make them stand out in the business world”, independent of their age or gender. And if you think these characteristics define the process, you should meet David (71) and Sandra Pledger (73), Britain’s oldest entrepreneurs.

The Westcountry couple created their own startup after securing a £25,000 loan from X-Forces, a social enterprise that helps war veterans realise their entrepreneurial ambitions. Once a member of the Royal Navy, David – who has been married to Sandra for 45 years – is now one of the proud owners of Full House Marketing, launched in February 2014. The war veteran definitely believes that his military experience has set him up for a successful adventure in the business world.

If you’re a veteran looking for a new business opportunity, why not visit and try our free 2 Minute Matching Service? Buying a franchise could be the perfect solution for you!

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