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ComputerXplorers has been teaching children aged three-13 computing skills in nurseries, after-school club environments, workshops, and as part of the regular school day since the business was set up in America over 25 years ago.
Today, the company has a presence in the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, China, and the UK, where the franchise was launched in 2006. It’s taught three million-plus classes worldwide and over 1.2m classes in the UK.
Aligned with UK curriculum guidelines, child-friendly subjects taught by trained and vetted ComputerXplorers teachers include programming, coding classes, internet safety, 2D and 3D animation, web design, film making, and TV production.
It also provides an innovative way for schools to cover planned absences such as PPA or Leadership Time.
ComputerXplorers is part of The Bardon Group, an experienced, award-winning franchisor that also operates Kall Kwik, a print and design specialist; Recognition Express, a promotional products business; and Tech Clean, a system hygiene company; in the UK.
Nigel Toplis is The Bardon Group’s managing director. He has over 20 years of experience in the franchise industry, has been a past chairman of the British Franchise Association and written three books on franchising.
ComputerXplorers is an associate member of the British Franchise Association and has 15 franchisees in the UK.
How does the ComputerXplorers franchise model work?
Franchisees have their own exclusive trading territories that include, as a minimum, 300 primary school sites and 300 preschools and nurseries. They are able to operate their fun computing classes throughout the year or during school term time only.
Collaborating with different educational organisations, a franchisee’s role is to manage and market the business. Promotional activities include meeting with head teachers of schools and nursery owners, presenting the service offered by ComputerXplorers at school assemblies and keeping in touch with parents.
Another key role is recruiting and training the people who deliver the classes. Franchisees are also responsible for all lesson plans and providing software and peripherals to clients.
ComputerXplorers has developed a centrally operated system that generates appointment for franchisees.
Why is the ComputerXplorers franchise a good investment?
Home-based franchises such as ComputerXplorers have the potential to return substantial profits and significant monthly turnover because of the fact business overheads are low.
Information and computing technology skills are crucial for both educational purposes and in the workplace, meaning demand for the amazing array of services provided by ComputerXplorers franchisees looks set to continue.
In addition, the market is substantial:
• There are currently 11m children in the UK.
• The number of nurseries currently stands at around 34,000.
• There are in the region of 24,000 primary schools.
When you consider these facts, it’s easy to understand why ComputerXplorers expects established franchisees to be making net margins of around 40 per cent.
As well as the financial rewards, ComputerXplorers franchisees say it’s incredibly rewarding working with children, equipping them with some of the skills they need to succeed in their journey through life.
What locations or territories is ComputerXplorers looking to operate in?
ComputerXplorers franchise opportunities are available throughout the UK.
Where in the UK is the ComputerXplorers franchise based?
ComputerXplorers’ UK head office is in Coalville, Leicestershire.
What training and support do ComputerXplorers franchisees receive?
Described by ComputerXplorers as ‘extensive’, the comprehensive induction training programme lasts for three weeks, is UK-based and gives franchisees a thorough grounding in how to launch and grow the franchise.
Ongoing support is adapted to the needs of each individual franchisee and includes guidance on financing the start-up cost of the franchise, help with the preparation of business plans and cash flow forecasts, and marketing activity during the launch phase of the business.
Once established, ComputerXplorers franchisees benefit from ongoing PR campaigns, curriculum development, software reviews and regular conference calls with the franchisor.
A meeting for the whole franchise network takes place every year.
What else do ComputerXplorers franchisees receive as part of the franchise package?
Also included in the initial investment is the licence to trade using the ComputerXplorers branding and systems, an operations manual, a laptop, an iPad, a suite of software, a quantity of marketing materials and website and email set-up.
What ongoing fees does ComputerXplorers charge franchisees?
A royalty fee that equates to 10 per cent of a franchisee’s total sales is charged by the franchisor, while franchisees have to contribute one per cent of total sales to a national marketing fund.
What are the ComputerXplorers franchise’s terms of agreement and renewal?
The initial franchise agreement lasts for 10 years. No fee is charged to franchisees who wish to renew the agreement once the initial period has lapsed.
What skills and experience does a ComputerXplorers franchisee need?
No previous IT experience is necessary to become a franchisee, but you must be confident with technology and able to deliver classes in an innovative way.
ComputerXplorers franchisees must also have good communication skills, have a positive, ‘can do’ attitude, be able to sell the services provided by the company and have the ability to follow a tried-and-tested franchise system that enhances children’s futures and their computer skills from an early age.
How can I get started on setting up my own ComputerXplorers business?
Prospective franchisees are required to complete an application form and attend a meeting with the franchisor at ComputerXplorers’ headquarters to determine their suitability to join the network and provide a children specialist computing education service.
Completion of a business plan is also necessary (help is available with this if needed). A franchisee then confirms the territory in which they wish to trade. As the recruitment process progresses, franchisees are required to pay a deposit, followed by the balance of the total investment prior to starting training.
As ComputerXplorers franchisees work in the children’s education sector, the franchisor carries out a Disclosure and Barring Service check on all candidates.
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