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Creative courage for life

Creative courage for life

48,000 children in the UK flock to Stagecoach Performing Arts classes every week

Since 1988, the Stagecoach Performing Arts franchise has offered the chance for individuals from all walks of life to build a successful and highly profitable business.

Today, a network of more than 350 franchisees operates over 2,000 schools and classes in eight countries. Franchisees manage a team of qualified, passionate and enthusiastic teachers, who provide a thriving, nurturing and supportive environment for creative learning. That’s just one of the reasons why 48,000 children flock to classes every week.

James Barker, who runs Stagecoach Farringdon, says: “I’ve seen our students grow in confidence and when their parents tell me how they have transformed at school and socially it’s something special.”

Innovative franchise

Over the course of more than 30 years Stagecoach’s proven model has been refined to become the UK’s leading extracurricular performing arts provider.

In addition to the company’s pre-training, it offers a comprehensive five-day induction course to prepare you for your role as a Stagecoach franchisee. You’ll also be helped to secure your first venue and recruit experienced DBS checked teachers. On top of this, you’ll have access to a dedicated regional franchise manager, ongoing support from the 45- strong team at the Stagecoach support centre and resources, materials and programmes from the education team.

The franchisee’s role is to manage the teaching team, oversee operations to ensure their schools run smoothly and promote Stagecoach in the local area. The franchise model allows you to run your own business alongside other commitments and grow at your own pace - Stagecoach runs for 36 weeks a year, allowing a great work-life balance.

Franchisees benefit from being part of a ‘household name’ brand, exclusive link- ups with partners such as RADA and Disney, low start-up costs and high resale values.

A passion for performing

As well as giving franchisees a great income and work-life balance, Stagecoach has something to offer every child, giving them the opportunity to be themselves and flourish at their own pace in a creative learning environment, with the ultimate goal of achieving ‘Creative Courage for Life’.

Richard Chatterley, who runs Stagecoach Aylesbury, says: “The best thing about being a Stagecoach principal is changing children’s lives for the better.

“I genuinely feel that by setting children up with skills that they get through performing arts, we are helping them to become confident and outgoing people, which is invaluable in today’s technology heavy world. They learn how to communicate, how to integrate and how to behave, all while having fun with their peers.”

With cuts to arts, music and drama programmes in many schools, children are missing out on the proven benefits of artistically inclined activities and the social and intellectual skills developed through them. Parents come to Stagecoach to fill that gap.

At a glance Stagecoach Performing Arts



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total investment for a new franchise is £27,000. Resales £30,000-£450,000

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Contact: 01483 247400

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