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About Premier Education
Established in 1999, Premier Education is dedicated to inspiring activity and improving child health and wellbeing. It is the UK’s number one provider of sports and physical activities to primary schools. Partnering with over 2,500 schools across the UK, Premier Education delivers stimulating and engaging physical activity classes and wellbeing sessions through PE lessons, wrap-around care and holiday camps aimed at improving children’s health and wellbeing.
The company believes that physical activity builds confidence, improves physical and mental wellbeing, enhances motivation, creates positivity, develops independent learning and leadership skills, and nurtures teamwork and co-operation.
Working with more than a quarter of a million individual children every year, through the national network of franchise businesses, Premier Education is proud of the positive impact it is able to have.
As the first full British Franchise Association member in its industry and with over 15,000 Trustpilot reviews from loyal customers, there is a reason why Premier Education is chosen to be an exclusive partner for several high-profile partners such as British Gymnastics, Lawn Tennis Association, England Handball, and many more.
How does the Premier Education franchise model work?
With a steadfast passion for what it does, inspiring activity has always been Premier Education’s driving force. Every member of the company’s network lives by its organisational values and strives to deliver memorable, best in-class experiences for the children who attend the courses, their parents, and the teachers who work within partner schools.
Premier Education franchisees employ teams of coaches (called activity professionals) who work within partner schools and community venues to deliver an inspiring and wide-ranging variety of sports, physical activities and wellbeing sessions to primary aged pupils.
With almost 50 franchisees nationally, and some in operation over 20 years, the company’s model is one that has been robustly tested and has evolved over time. Today, Premier Education is proud to provide new starters with the experienced and expert support to drive a productive and effective start to life as a franchisee.
Premier Education franchise benefits include:
• Respected and sector-leading brand with over 15,000 five star reviews on Trustpilot
• Experienced management team at HQ
• Experienced, trailblazing franchisees in the peer mentor scheme
• Extensive technical and management training on all aspects of the business
• Full suite of materials and tools to hit the ground running
• Exciting new product developments
• Proven route to success, several £1 million plus franchise businesses
What qualities is Premier Education looking for in its franchisees?
Franchisees don’t need to have had previous experience in any aspect of what Premier Education delivers. The company will help members to become a success, but there are several factors which would make someone a strong franchisee.
It is important to be determined to work hard for the business, and to have a positive mindset and can-do attitude. Franchisees should have the ability to follow the Premier Education model which has been delivering results for more than 20 years, and also to be comfortable around people. The job requires working with people of all ages and backgrounds, whether franchisees choose to manage their business from behind the scenes or delivering sessions.
Those with a passion to inspire others to enjoy life will enjoy the best rates of success. Management skills or a desire to learn them are essential, as is the ability to self-manage your schedule, motivate the team, and deliver fun and enjoyment to the clients.
What kind of training and support can Premier Education franchisees benefit from?
Over a 20-year period, Premier Education has designed a comprehensive training programme covering all aspects of the business. Members are guided through the operating procedures, from recruitment of staff, to technical (but easy-to-use) systems, as well as the depth of support on offer – from IT, to marketing and sales.
The company’s collaborative, educational onboarding process ensures that life as a franchisee kicks off the right way, and it doesn’t stop after that. With twice-weekly network webinars, an online newsfeed, and a monthly e-newsletter, the company maintains clear and consistent channels of communication to ensure franchisees are always up to speed on the latest developments affecting their businesses.
Beyond that, every franchisee engages in regular one-to-one business appraisals with the central franchise support director, gaining the collaboration and inspiration needed to drive them towards their business goals.
Initial training and support provided includes:
• Onboarding business planning
• Full initial training in all aspects of the business
• Local sales and marketing support
• Training materials, and operations manuals
• Personal peer mentoring and ongoing support from the franchise support team
What locations or territories is Premier Education looking to operate in?
Premier Education is keen to grow the brand across the UK. From time to time, there are active territories that come up for sale but most will be fresh opportunities in active areas.
What are the franchise terms of agreement and renewal?
Premier Education prefers to reveal its fees after the point of enquiry – these are not promoted to interested parties on site at first touch. Franchise agreement terms last five years in most cases.
Why is Premier Education a good franchise investment?
Many franchisees have a track-record of success with Premier Education. Gareth Simpson, a Premier Education franchisee operating in the Cambridge and Newmarket area, explains: “If you are willing to put the work in it is so rewarding, but for me it doesn’t feel like work. No day is the same and the independence and flexibility it allows means your home life can fit in with your job seamlessly. Being able to do what you love and have your own professional business is fantastic.”
Even though Gareth is managing a huge regional franchise and a team of 52, he still has the opportunity to cover for coaches or take part in inspirational assemblies, which is something he relishes. With the Premier Education franchise, he gets to have a direct and positive impact on children’s development. Today, Gareth’s franchise has grown to be 10 times the size of the local competitor where he was formerly employed.
How in demand are the services of Premier Education?
Premier Education currently operates in around 14 per cent of primary schools in the country. In some areas, such as the Cambridge and Newmarket territory, the company’s penetration is over 50 per cent. There are still some inactive areas across the country, and that presents the perfect opportunity for a new franchisee to apply the same learnings that have brought success in a different area.
Since the pandemic, there has been increased scrutiny on schools to provide more P.E., school sports and physical activity for their pupils, with many missing out on meeting the chief medical officer’s recommendation of 60 minutes of physical activity per day. This has led to many schools utilising the support of Premier Education for additional delivery, as well as more detailed or extended support, with products like WOW Active bringing measurability to physical activity performance.
At this time, there are two important funds which benefit schools, their pupils, parents and the Premier Education network. These are the Holiday Activities and Food programme, which funds the attendance on holiday clubs and activities for children in receipt of free school meals. This has had a substantial impact on the company’s network, as the Premier Education team has helped local authorities and councils to utilise over £3 million of funding in 2021.
How do I start setting up my own Premier Education franchise?
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