Are you looking for a way to turn your talent for teaching into a profitable business? PerformingArtsTutor.com members Noodle Performance Arts offer an insight into why investing in a franchise doesn’t have to mean you’re ‘one of the crowd.’
Striking out by yourself can be a daunting prospect but buying a franchise allows you to become your own boss with a support network already in place to help you succeed. Joining an established brand as a franchisee means you can enjoy the freedom and flexibility of running your own business but without the financial risk of building up your enterprise from scratch.
Noodle Performance Arts first started offering performing arts classes for children in the Sheffield
area back in 2011. The business quickly grew from strength to strength, offering a wider range of
classes and expanding into children’s party entertainment.
In September last year, Noodle launched its first franchise and now has four franchise territories.
Noodle franchises offer a fun, affordable and low-risk business opportunity with extensive
management and marketing support to help you hit the ground running.
Nikki Johnson, the founder and managing director of Noodle Performance Arts, says: “Setting up in
your local area means that you retain all that valuable local knowledge that can really make your
Franchisees have access to the full range of Noodle classes, from Ballet Tots and Noodle Tots, which
start from walking age right up to NPA Academy sessions aimed at five to 16-year- olds, as well as the
business’s popular children’s party packages.
Nikki says: “We initially considered franchising the classes and the parties separately, but decided
that it was better to combine the package. This gives franchisees more opportunities to develop the
business right from the outset – and means that there are no additional franchise fees later in the
Performing arts franchises are nothing new and there is plenty of opportunities out there for people
to choose from. However, Noodle aims to stand apart from the competition with its highly
competitive fees and relaxed approach which focuses on teaching children in a fun, no-pressure
Nikki says: “Noodle is very different to traditional theatre schools and dance schools. Our focus is
firmly on having fun whilst building confidence and learning new skills. We have an informal
approach to our classes – no uniforms or exams.
“We do encourage all our students to become involved in our shows and performances if they want
to, as we find that the process of putting together a show provides a wealth of learning
opportunities – as well as encouraging students to work together and support each other.
“The feedback we have had from parents is that they like the way we are different – and we see it in
the faces of the children we teach every day. I also think that a more informal, encouraging
environment helps a child to be able to step up and perform – hence our company tagline – ‘Putting
children centre stage’.”
What does the franchise package include?
The price of a Noodle franchise is £7,500 plus VAT. In return you will be given a territory containing
at least 30,000 children of primary school age and everything you need to help make your business a
success, including lesson plans, equipment, comprehensive training and advice on how to find
students and venues.
Nikki says: “All you need is the drive and ability to succeed. If you’re a performing arts professional
but are daunted by the idea of setting up and running your own performing arts school then we
provide clear guidance on what you need to do to set up and build a thriving business. Alternatively
if you’re more business-minded, you don’t have to be a performing arts professional to succeed with
our franchise as we give full guidance on recruiting and employing teaching staff.
“It’s also possible to fit your Noodle franchise around existing commitments, at least initially, with
most classes being delivered in the evenings or at weekends. However, as your business expands,
running your franchise will become a full-time role.”
If you’re already thinking of starting your own business, you may be wondering why you should
spend money on franchise fees. One of the biggest advantages of becoming a franchisee is being
able to take advantage of other people’s wisdom and experience.
Nikki says: “Starting out on your own, you have no-one to help you. I found out many things the hard
way – often when something went wrong!
“At Noodle, we are here to make sure that our franchisees never feel this way.
Our franchisees’ success is our success. We can guide them through the development of their new
business, making sure they avoid all the pitfalls along the way.”
Franchisees will be given training and support in everything from keeping business accounts and
marketing to first aid and safeguarding. And the team at Noodle HQ is always on hand to help solve
problems and offer advice.