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Lingotot Franchise

Lingotot is an award winning children's language franchise. Being multilingual is an advantage but NOT a requirement. 100% govt funding available.

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At a Glance

Established: 2009

UK Presence: 50 franchisees across the UK

Average start up cost: £8,200

Min personal contribution: AOR

International Presence Master Franchisee in Ireland and further targeting international expansion efforts in 2021.

Development type: Single unit franchisees; multi-unit franchisees

BFA Status: Associate

Franchise Info

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Join the Lingotot family and discover a wonderful work-life balance, a financially rewarding and flexible career and the opportunity to grow a business in line with your aspirations.

Lingotot is the UK’s pioneering children’s language franchise. It was founded in 2010 by Angela Sterling after a successful career as a languages teacher. Lingotot offers those looking for a work-life balance, a flexible, family-orientated and financially rewarding career.

Lingotot teaches our award winning classes to over 20,000 children (and their parents) each and every week. We teach French, Spanish, German, Italian, English, Welsh, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese classes in community groups, preschools, nurseries, online, in after school and holiday clubs, and uniquely by teaching languages directly in schools.

The Lingotot method of teaching makes use of active, communicative and interactive teaching approaches which come naturally to young learners. Learning is through songs, stories, games, drama and play.

As a Lingotot franchise partner, you will choose which languages to teach and what kinds of classes. Being multilingual is an advantage but not a requirement. If your language skills need to be revisited, we have a LingoBoost programme which will polish them up. However, some of our franchisees do not speak any other languages themselves and engage tutors to teach the lessons - the choice is yours!

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Why choose Lingotot?

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 accessible and fun for young learners. We have created a framework that not only ensures our network has all of the practical support they need, but also the personal.

Before anyone joins the network, our CEO and founder Angela personally takes the time to talk them through the realities of running a Lingotot business and whether it meets their goals. She will look at how much you need to earn to support yourself and your family and what this translates into work-wise. These conversations are conducted truthfully and transparently so you are both completely comfortable with the decision.

Your income projection could be circa £30,000 per year based on teaching 10 hours per week, we have franchise partners who have exceeded £100,000 per annum. The amount you can earn depends entirely on how much work you want to do. No matter what your decision, you will have our full support.

You will always be supported every step of the way, from thorough initial training, weekly webinars, 1:1 meetings, access to our private Facebook group, direct contact with HQ and through our award-winning Intranet system, LingoHub, and so much more! You will also have access to the Lingotot Academy where you can complete qualifications, access all of our online training videos, find our lesson plans, songs and resources - everything a teacher needs to run a Lingotot class which you can access at any time.

Lingotot offers you:

  • Complete flexibility
  • Low start-up costs
  • Become part of a fast growing brand renowned for quality
  • Excellent training & support
  • Multi-language support
  • A proven track record of success
  • A sustainable business model with multiple income streams
  • Personalised support from a family-owned business
  • The opportunity to gain accredited business & teaching qualifications

We recognise that the ongoing success of our franchise network requires continuous support and we are dedicated to promoting a close-knit and collaborative network. We are invested in your success as the brand is very close to our hearts and your success is our success.

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  • 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.
  • Being multilingual is an advantage but not a requirement, 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 not required. We provide accredited teacher training.
  •  No previous business experience required; we provide full support.

Benefits of running a Lingotot business

1. You will be joining the UK’s pioneering children’s language franchise. With over 60 franchise partners across the UK and Ireland, we know what we’re doing. Our collaborative, supportive network ethic means you will never feel on your own. Your success is the network’s success, and we are all aiming for the same goal. We genuinely call ourselves the Lingotot family!

2. With all eight languages and their lesson resources available for your business to operate in nurseries, schools, indoor and outdoor community settings and online, you have various income streams available for your business. As you will be your own boss, you can choose when, where and how you work, leaving time for family and friends!

3. No previous teaching or business experience is required; we will provide full support. You will also have the opportunity to gain NCFE Cache accredited teaching qualifications and a business qualification in franchising.

4. There are low start-up costs, no requirements for a learning centre and we can assist you in applying for a fully-funded government loan!

5. You will make a difference to language education in your local area and create local job opportunities.

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Success Stories

Success Story
Meet Steph, Founder of Lingotot Solihull and Lingotot's Newest Member

We have been catching up with Lingotot's newest franchise partner, Steph. Steph recently founded Lingotot Solihull - watch this space for new classes in her area!

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Success Story
Read Our Q & A With Monica, Founder of Lingotot South Havering

We’ve been catching up with Monica who founded Lingotot South Havering in February of 2021. Lingotot South Havering offer a number of interactive language classes for numerous ages. You can find out more about them and what services they offer here.

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Success Story
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!

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Success Story
Lingotot offers family flexibility

Kate Thorne worked in the finance industry before deciding she wanted to do something more flexible that fitted around her family.  Having attained a Languages Degree from the Open University whilst working full-time, Kate was keen to find something that allowed her to use her language skills. Without a background in education, Kate wasn’t sure she would be able to start her own language education business but research into franchising proved otherwise.  Franchising was the perfect option as it allowed Kate to buy into a ready-made business in an industry she was passionate about. Further research into the various franchises highlighted that Lingotot was the perfect fit for Kate.

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Success Story
A passion for languages led Jaclyn to Lingotot

Jaclyn Townshead left her job as a Facilities Manager in London to have her son. When the time was right for Jaclyn to go back to work, she wanted one that would fit around her son’s school hours; finding the right job that allowed her this flexibility proved difficult. Passionate about languages, Jaclyn was keen for her son to attend a local language class and it was through her research of children’s language classes that she came across Lingotot. However, with no class in her local area, Jaclyn grasped the opportunity to find out more about the franchise and if it could be the right career move for her. Lingotot and franchising was the perfect answer for Jaclyn.

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Franchisor Interview
Exclusive interview with Angela Sterling, Lingotot Franchisor

Angela Sterling decided she wanted a change of career after having her first child.  Using her experience of being a teacher in the UK and Internationally, Angela decided to use both her passion for teaching and languages to embark on a new challenge. After much research into the children’s language market, Angela developed the Lingotot method.  The interest and demand in Lingotot was so immense that the BBC came to her first class to see first-hand what Angela had achieved.  “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.” 

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Lingotot Welcomes Five New Franchisees

The week of the 11th April was a busy one for the children’s education franchise Lingotot as they welcomed five new franchisees! Each new member made their way up to Consett to stay for the week to undergo their initial training with the HQ team.

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Lingotot Win "Highest Rising Star" in the Elite Franchise 100 Awards

In this year’s HSBC UK Elite Franchise Top 100 rankings, Lingotot climbed an amazing 21 places from the previous year and this incredible climb was recognised by the Elite Franchise 100 team. Lingotot were awarded with the trophy for ‘Highest Rising Stars’ amongst this year’s entries.

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Looking back on 2021 with Lingotot

Lingotot welcomed 10 fantastic new franchisees in 2021, all launching amid a year of lockdowns and restrictions. Due to the innovations the network implemented at the start of the pandemic, Lingotot businesses continued to utilise these streams successfully.

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Read our Q and A with Sarah Lester who founded Lingotot Sutton in 2016

Sarah Lester has been running her business Lingotot Sutton since 2016. Lingotot Sutton offers a range of classes to children aged 0-11 in French and German across the Sutton and Cheam area.

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Lingotot's CEO Angela Sterling Joins Franchise Round Table Discussion with the BFA and EWIF

The CEO of Lingotot, Angela Sterling, has joined this week’s EWIF Round Table discussion with Steph Gutman (Head of Communications, EWIF), Jen Chapman (Business Support Manager, BFA), Hannah Evans (Marketing Manager FASTSIGNS UK), Tinna Dekker (Chief Legal Officer, McDonald’s) and Mags Fuller (Finance Director, The Alternative Boards). The topic of discussion this week was “what franchisors look for in franchisees.”

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The Lingotot European Day of Languages Festival is Back!

After the continued success of Lingotot’s European Day of Languages Festival, the children’s education business are bringing it back for the fourth year in a row!

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