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Lingotot Franchise

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Lingotot provides multi award-winning language classes to thousands of children each week in nurseries, schools and local community venues. The Lingotot method makes use of active, communicative and interactive teaching methods which come naturally to young learners; learning is through songs, stories, games, drama and play.

Lingotot was established in 2009 by Angela Sterling.  Angela is a fully qualified teacher whose GCSE students ranked in the top 10 in the world, and who also worked for Newcastle and Southampton universities, researching language acquisition at different ages. When Angela first founded Lingotot, she wanted to give children the opportunity to experience and explore new languages and cultures while reaping the all-round benefits of language-learning on their way to global citizenship.

Since the BBC attended Angela’s first ever class, the business has seen rapid growth and we now teach around 20,000 children per week via our network of over 50 franchisees who are achieving the level of flexibility and success that they want. You don’t need to have a teaching qualification or be multilingual to be a Lingotot franchisee; it is an advantage but not a requirement.

Recent developments:

  • Signed 18 new franchisees in the UK
  • Signed first international master in Rep of Ireland
  • Became BFA associate member
  • Got into top 100 of Elite Franchise
  • Awarded silver at AFA awards for Franchisor of the Year
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Why choose a Lingotot franchise?

When you join the Lingotot family you enter a friendly and professional network from a range of different backgrounds who all share a common purpose: making language learning child’s play.

You don’t need to have a teaching qualification or be multilingual to be a Lingotot franchisee; it is an advantage but not a requirement.

There are a number of key benefits of a Lingotot franchise:

  • Complete flexibility: Choose your own languages, classes, work patterns and even if you want to teach at all!  - Mornings can include classes in the community or nurseries, and afternoons, language classes in schools or after-school clubs.
  • Low start-up costs: Classes are run in nurseries, schools and the community, no large expense required on setting up dedicated premises. The only investment required is the initial franchise fee of £8200+VAT
  • Variety of income streams:  Including classes in schools during curriculum time, baby groups, pre-school classes, extra-curricular clubs, holiday camps, Generations classes in care homes, LingoStars drama, LingoChoir, LingoChat courses for adults and additional revenue through product sales.
  • Fast growing brand renowned for quality: We are proud to be an ASSOCIATE member of the British Franchise Association (BFA). Lingotot is the only children’s language franchise to offer teaching qualifications for staff accredited by NCFE Cache in addition to qualifications for our children.
  • Growing focus by parents and the Government: The benefits to children of the early learning of languages is being increasingly recognised by both parents and the Government and languages are now compulsory in English primary schools.
  • Family owned business: We are invested in your success as the brand is very close to our hearts and your success is our success. We genuinely call ourselves The Lingotot Family!
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How we train and support you

Franchisees benefit from a Franchise Business Qualification and further certificates in safeguarding, data protection, first aid etc. Some training is online, and you will attend an intensive business training weekend. This is followed with regular 1:1 mentoring and 3 months of handholding. Behind the scenes we operate our award-winning intranet, LingoHub. LingoHub provides access to all back of office functions from class booking to financial data.

All further training is free and includes mentoring, personalised reports, weekly training via webinar and much more!

Full support for 8 languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin, Arabic and Welsh.

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What do we look for in a Lingotot franchisee?

The main requirement for becoming a Lingotot Franchisee is that you have a passion for teaching children languages, we focus more on recruiting the right people rather than those with specific skills or experience.

So, whilst being multilingual is an advantage, it is not a requirement.  And if your language skills are a bit rusty, we have a LingoBoost programme to polish them up. Some of our franchisees do not speak any other languages themselves and rely on tutors to teach the lessons.

Previous teaching experience is an advantage but again not required as we provide accredited teacher training.

No previous business experience required; we provide full support.

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At a Glance


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UK presence:
50 franchisees across the UK

International presence:
Master Franchisee in Ireland; we are targeting a further 4 countries in 2020.

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Franchisee Case Studies

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After reading the Lingotots website I was pretty much hooked!

Former secondary school MFL teacher Harriet Blain was beginning to feel disillusioned with her job and how she would manage her career in the long-term with two children. After deciding to start her own franchise business, Lingotots presented the perfect fit to continue teaching modern languages while being able to balance her work/home-life. Learn how Lingotots offer of a flexible work schedule presented the perfect solution for Harriet!

Franchisor Interview

Exclusive interview with Angela Sterling, Lingotot Franchisor


Franchisors name: Angela Sterling
Name of franchise: Lingotot

Tell us about how/when the business was started and the motivation behind establishing Lingotot. 
I was a teacher in the UK and internationally for many years and decided upon a career change when my first baby came along. I used my experience as a teacher and languages researcher to develop the Lingotot programmes. Such was the interest and demand, that the BBC came along to my very first class!

When and why did you decide to go down the franchise route?
Right from the start I couldn’t keep up with the demands of the business and franchising seemed to be the perfect way to grow quickly, while also offering the opportunity to other women to work flexibly in a professional role. As a teacher, I love developing and supporting learners, so the role of franchisor is very comfortable to me.

What have been Lingotot’s biggest achievements/successes to date so far?
I am super proud that we offer two qualifications for languages teachers and the only qualification for primary-aged children in the UK for languages. I am also proud of our international expansion and can’t wait to see that grow. However what brings me the most pride is seeing my franchisees thrive and grow their own businesses.

What challenges have you had to overcome?
I franchised the business with two babies under two and a husband who worked away from home and no childcare. I have memories of business meetings in my kitchen and breastfeeding while leading the Hokey Cokey in French!

What marketing/promotional tools do you use to grow your franchise?
We have always grown organically. This is the first time we have advertised.

What differentiates Lingotot from the competition?
We are the only children’s language franchise with qualifications for teachers and children. We are the only operators which offers classes in eight languages for children aged 0-12 AND adults (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Chinese and Welsh). Our teaching programmes are unique and include thousands of lesson plans, stories and songs which are not available for resale.

In your opinion, what makes a successful Lingotot franchisee?
Someone who loves children and languages. Our franchisees don’t need to be teachers or have any business experience. If they want to teach for themselves they just need to be able to speak a language, however some franchisees don’t teach and hire teaching staff.

What changes have you seen in your industry over recent year?  And how have you adapted to them?
There are a LOT of children's activity franchises and the market has become saturated. While we are more of an education franchise, the market is getting tougher. We work very hard to ensure our classes are of the highest possible quality - quality always shines through.

What does the future hold for Lingotot?
We have a robust national and international expansion plan which is very exciting!

What advice would you give to someone considering franchising their business?
Being a franchisor is fantastic, but you must take it seriously. Your franchisees depend on you for their livelihood and you have to take that extremely seriously.

If you had to do it all again, what would you do differently?
I’d have done it years ago!



Lingotot celebrates 10 years in business!

Lingotot celebrated its 10th anniversary with a languages-themed birthday bash!  After starting a small number of French classes in her home town in the North East of England in 2010, Angela Sterling has grown the business into a multinational operation teaching tots aged 0-12 a range of eight languages using her unique fun and interactive teaching methodology.

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