Footlights Franchise

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Footlights was established in 2005 by trained actress and teacher Jo Fisher, to offer affordable stage school training to children and young people aged 3yrs-18yrs.

In 2009, we began a thriving franchise network and although we were successful in creating a network of franchisees in our home territory of Greater Manchester, we took the decision in 2012 to spend the next 4 years concentrating on internal growth to further secure the future of the organisation, including investment in our own building and the creation of a purpose-built theatre.

This has paid off. As well as Jo winning Salford Business Awards “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2016, we are now able to take our successful franchise operation to the next level by expanding throughout the whole of the UK. Due to the investment we have made, you can be confident that when you invest in Footlights franchise, you are investing in a high quality performing arts company, not only from a creative perspective but with a clear business focus.

Multi-award-winning organisation Footlights is opening its doors to entrepreneurs who have a passion for the arts, a belief in arts education and are driven to succeed.

Your role as Franchisee will be the Manager of your own school and territory. You will need a creative flair, an eye for detail and a passion for marketing, as well as being able to engage and inspire the students who attend and your teaching staff.

You will be responsible for the safeguarding of everyone who attends, including staff, but don’t let this worry you; our training in this area is led by our own team of Child Protection Specialists. You will also undergo a first aid programme alongside thorough training on our business model.

We use leading software to map out territories so franchisees can be confident in their new investment and get a realistic picture of how their business can be successful.

The cost of a Footlights Franchise is £13,250 plus VAT. This includes complete set up costs, advertising, marketing materials and operational resources as well as the unique training package.

We have a good relationship with financial institutions and can say that 100% of our franchisees have been successful in attaining funding.

Initial training

- An induction and initial training course at our Head Office in MediaCityUK, Greater Manchester

- The opportunity to talk to other franchisees either via skype, phone, email or in person

- A dedicated current franchisee to mentor you throughout your training, including the opportunity to work alongside them in real time

- 10 day sales and marketing course including the opportunity to visit primary and high schools (which is where your clients are based)

- The full A-Z of how to set up and run your business

- Training on how to use our bespoke Footlights APP!

- A tailor-made training plan based on your existing skill set

- Social Media training with a specialist in that field

- First Aid and Safeguarding training – with a Nationally recognised certification

We know how important it is for franchisees to receive ongoing support; we provide you with either the same franchisee who mentored you initially, or a dedicated business support manager, whichever suits your needs more effectively.

We want you to be successful and, once up and running, we will provide assistance and advice to ensure your business runs as smoothly as possible.

We offer a range of advice services from staff training and copyright, to VAT, Law and safeguarding.

Minimum Personal Investment: £13,250
Minimum Total Investment: £ 26,500
BFA Relationship: Associate
Franchise Type: Management
Industry: Childrens

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