Music Bugs, a Wiltshire-based company running music classes for pre-schoolers, is going national with the launch of its franchise operation, allowing individuals – particularly parents – across the country to start a new career that fits around their family and personal life. Through its classes, Music Bugs® aims to promote the importance of fun in childhood, allowing kids to be kids and giving parents a more relaxed approach to playing with their children.
Music Bugs was founded in 2004 by mum of four and former registered nurse Claire Bennett, who felt there was a real need for music classes that focused on fun, rather than strict educational guidelines or the actual teaching of music. The classes make use of a wide range of props – from puppets to bubble machines – as well as a broad selection of songs to help children explore and interact, allowing them to use their imagination and simply be kids.
The demand from Wiltshire-based parents, largely built via word-of-mouth, has inspired Bennett to offer the classes nationally through a franchise network, providing parents around the country with the opportunity to build their own business that fits into their family’s schedule.
“So many parents, particularly mums, find themselves at a loss once their children go to school as most jobs don’t accommodate school hours. They have often been out of the workforce for many years and lack the confidence to go back to what they used to do,” explains Claire Bennett, founder and managing director of Music Bugs. “Our franchise gives parents the chance to start again, creating a new career for themselves that they can fit around school hours or other commitments.”
But it’s not just parents who will find the franchise opportunity appealing. Anyone who enjoys children and who is looking for a career change will benefit from the franchise package.
“Our very first franchisee comes from a recruitment background and we have a former PA and school secretary interested too,” says Bennett. “One of the great benefits of this franchise is that it can be run part-time within school hours but it can also be built up into a full-time business, with the franchisee employing class leaders to run sessions for them through their territory. It’s up to the franchisee to make it as big as they like but, fundamentally, it’s a great way to escape the rat race and put some fun back into working.”
One hundred and twenty exclusive Music Bugs franchise territories are available throughout the UK and Ireland. Franchisees don’t need any specific experience, but they do need to have a good singing voice, a head for business, bags of enthusiasm and are confident, outgoing and able to relate to very young children and their carers.
Some of the things franchisees will receive include:
- comprehensive training from the head office, including information on how to market their business locally, finding venues, administration, tax and accounting, health and safety, and course content
- A generous exclusive franchise territory with a five year renewable franchise license
- Ongoing support and comprehensive training and operations manuals
- A massive supply of instruments, puppets, props and storage containers
- Branded clothing, flyers, posters, stickers and business stationery
- Lesson plans, CDs and good quality CD player for use in classes
“Our franchise fees are very competitive, almost half the cost of some competitor companies and we will support our franchisees every step of the way,” says Bennett. “It does require a committed investment of time and money but for people wanting to start something new, doing something fun, in hours that suit them all while earning a good income, it is a simple, low risk opportunity that will put a smile on their face and on those of all the children and parents they teach.”
To request a franchise information pack or for an informal chat about the opportunity, contact Claire on 0844 578 1010.
About Music Bugs
Music Bugs launched in Swindon in June 2004 and became a Ltd Company in June 2006. It offers music classes to children aged 6 months to pre-school age. Each 40 minute class includes nursery rhymes, finger play rhymes, knee bouncers, counting songs and action songs, helping children to develop, grow and explore through music and a wide variety of fun props. The emphasis is on fun, letting kids be kids, and allowing their parents or carers to relax and enjoy playing with their child.
The Company launched as a franchise in October 2006 with 120 exclusive territories available throughout the UK and Ireland. For further information, visit www.musicbugs.co.uk.