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2021 Club Hub Award Winners

Published on 4th October 2021 by Tessa Robinson

Club Hub was delighted to announce 16 award winners for 2021 at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel Birmingham, on Saturday 18 September. 

Winners were selected from 6 finalists in each category, who had been shortlisted from applications from almost 300 children’s activity businesses. The standard of finalists was extremely high and represented a diverse range of kids activities, clubs and related businesses.

The awards were independently judged by a panel of 7 expert judges, who are specialists in their field. They selected the winners based on their commitment to excellence, innovation and growth of their business through their business performance, achievements, brand values and passion for what they do. 

Franchise of the Year 2021

Franchise of the Year 2021Sponsored by Morton Michel Insurance 

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Anna Neville – Kidslingo

Kidslingo is a language franchise teaching French and Spanish to thousands of children, age 0 – 11, every single week. We work face to face and online, with primary schools (delivering clubs and curriculum classes), nurseries, home educators, private groups and 1-2-1 tuition.

Kidslingo’s philosophy is simple – to inspire children to love languages for life. We aim to foster inquisitiveness for language learning from a child’s very earliest years.

I am very proud to have built up Kidslingo to a position of brand and financial strength, making a significant impact on the numbers of children now accessing languages at a young age in the UK. For our wonderful franchisees, we provide a ready-made business package from in depth training and ongoing support to exciting and engaging teaching materials and everything in between. This structure enables them to grow and thrive doing something that they love and has a true impact on young children.

Biggest Growth of the Year 2021

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by Fun Fest for Children

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Liane Katz – Ltd is an award-winning, parent-powered coding school for future innovators aged 3-11. Our unique programme of interactive coding clubs, holiday camps and parties is designed to welcome and inspire children from all backgrounds to grow their digital skills and confidence, and to fulfil their potential in a world ruled by technology.

Using songs, jokes and stories aligned with the National Curriculum, our bespoke curriculum pathway equips Early Years and Primary children with literacy in the 21st century’s most valuable second language. Meanwhile, our Raising Digital Kids events and newsletter support parents and educators with the latest resources about online safety and digital wellness.

Free trials for our award-winning online coding classes are available for ages 3-11, via our website.

Founded by three London Mums working in digital industries, quickly grew from an initial pilot in 3 London locations to 35 weekly classes across the capital, and since moving our classes and camps online we have welcomed over 1200 children globally into our virtual classrooms and delivered free outreach classes to over 100 children. Our core values include inclusion and we champion flexible working. We have achieved gender parity in our classes for ages 3-7, while our teaching team is 75% female and 44% are from diverse backgrounds.

Our new Looparoo coding app empowers children aged 3-6 to learn to code independently at home or at school. Register to try it for free as soon as it launches!

Lockdown Achievement Award 2021

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by Trustist

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Laura Cross – Inventors & Makers

Digital Business of the Year 2021

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by Dorset Tech

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Laura Cross – Inventors & Makers

Inventors & Makers runs classes and workshops in person and online, teaching STEM, Entrepreneurship and Design skills to children aged 2-12.

The business has two arms:

1 – Little STEAMers Club – home-based classes and activities for 2-5 year olds giving parents and children the chance to engage in positive and engaging learning experiences together. These are also run direct to nursery settings.

2 – Inventors & Makers – practical STEM workshops and after-school clubs for children aged 6-12 in primary schools.

Franchisee of the Year 2021

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by DramEd

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Rachel Peebles – Estrellas Brillantes

Estrellas Brillantes (Shining Stars) provides fun and interactive Spanish classes for babies, toddlers, primary and secondary age children, using La Jolie Ronde’s tried and tested methodology. The classes inspire children to learn and use Spanish from the very first class, promoting a love of languages and confidence to speak from a young age, and this makes such a difference as children approach language learning at high school.

Estrellas Brillantes was founded in 2017 by Rachel Peebles, who spent over 9 years working with children and families in a community project in Bolivia, South America, speaking Spanish every day. After coming back to Scotland and working as a children and young people’s support worker at Glasgow Women’s Aid for 7 years, she decided to start up her own business teaching Spanish to children. Her passion for Spanish and working with children shines through in her classes and she loves having the oportunity to teach her little language learners each week.

Classes are taught in two different teaching centres, in church halls, which makes them accessible for all children in the local area. Each programme is tailored to a specific age and stage and many of the children who currently attend classes have moved up through the levels since classes started back in 2017. Classes are energetic and interactive –  flash cards, songs, stories, role play, art, makaton, bubbles, parachute games, and bookwork are used to help children learn Spanish, while having lots of fun! As well as learning a new language, children make friends, build confidence, work together in groups, and learn about other Spanish-speaking cultures.

More than 600 zoom classes ran during lockdown, and everyone is now back to having fun together in face-to-face classes again.

Each year, as well as the normal weekly classes, Estrellas Brillantes run several fundraising events to raise money for charities in Bolivia and Uganda – last year we ran special Christmas events, Easter zoom bake-a-longs, outdoor park classes and a summer club and we’re thrilled to have raised over £12,000 for these charities in the past 4 years.

To find out more or to book a free taster class, please feel free to contact Rachel.

Call: 07535 183 398

Email: [email protected]


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Leader of the Year 2021

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by Another Mother Ltd

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Rachael Hurton – Synergy Dance Ltd

Synergy Dance® is a one stop package for leisure centres and schools offering an innovative range of children’s activities for digital and offline dance clubs, yoga, parties, holiday workshops and courses. We empower leisure centres and schools, offering a complete service to increase their revenue streams and range of activities.

Our innovative dance and yoga activities in schools and leisure centres, are serving both mainstream children and children within the Special Needs and Disability community. At Synergy, no one is left behind. Synergy Dance® Outreach, was set up to create positive change, removing barriers to enable children and young people experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing through accessible, inclusive and fun dance, fitness, yoga, singing and related activities. Inclusivity is vital to us and we aim to ensure that neither finance, fitness, ability, disability nor family circumstance are barriers to participation.

Our core values are innovation, inclusion, Value (for money) *Quality (of Delivery & Service). We will make it happen and go the extra mile. We have a ‘can do’ attitude, our teams take ownership for innovation and consistently provide exemplary service and delivery. We stand for excellence and inclusion.

Synergy supplies onsite and online digital dance courses, yoga and meditation courses, school clubs, themed workshops, amazing dance parties, CPD training, holiday camps and Special Educational Needs & Disability programmes for schools. – mainstream delivery – Outreach Special Needs and Disability delivery (SEND)

2020 Includes the launch of our two new seated brands: Para Stars Yoga® and Para Stars Dance™ which are reaching children everywhere and being distributed and shared by many other partners including British Blind Sport, The Brain Charity, Blind Aid, WYCANN, Everyone Active, “Yes I can” and many more.

In 2020 and this year we created two online platforms:

PROMO: – Synergy Dance online yoga and dance promo

Synergy Dance®

Online lessons for mainstream Dance, Yoga and Meditation for children, teens & adults for “at home on demand exercise” and school activities.


Synergy inclusive online platform for Disability community and Special Needs of all ages, Long term health conditions, Adults with learning difficulties and Blind/Visually impaired. Backed by Sport England/National lottery funding and EMDUK

Synergy Dance® Outreach

Platform includes 174 FREE Inclusive online Dance, Yoga & Meditation for Special Needs, Disability, Long Term Health Conditions, The Elderly & Visually Impaired/blind for all ages. In 2020-2021 we created over 500 pre-recorded workouts for both mainstream and the SEND activities and will continue to create innovative digital workouts alongside our onsite delivery in schools and leisure centres.

Online reach this year in the UK – 98,000 subscribers on Teachable platforms for mainstream and Outreach activities.

You can read more about our mission and digital activities here:

Synergy is keen to partner and collaborate with organisations both in the UK and globally, to reach as many children and young people as possible with our inclusive activities. We offer the perfect blend of live and digital workouts in the new age of fitness, where everyone is included. Contact: [email protected] if you would like to explore working with Synergy. 

Independent Business of the Year 2021

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by diddi dance

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: James Smith – Big Bold Youth CIC

Big Bold Youth was founded as a project in 2015 and established as a Community Interest Company in 2017. Our mission is to provide affordable and accessible drama activities for young people across the UK. Over the last three years, we have launched five performing arts schools in Banstead, Bedford, Dorking, Newport Pagnell and Wolverton as well as having provided educational drama workshops to primary and secondary schools across the country. The organisation currently employs 9 professional actors who teach our activities as well as 26 volunteers who assist both with our activities and at our office in Milton Keynes (both online and in-person).

Family Business of the Year 2021 

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by Tumble Tots UK

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Neil Harrison – Big Science Entertainment UK

Big Science Entertainment UK was set up over 5 years ago. It started off as just me doing science parties from primary aged children part time. The business now provides a range of unique experiences including Science Parties, Science Clubs, School visits, After-School Clubs, private functions and more. All of our sessions are hands on, fun, engaging and promote science is for everyone.

We now cover pre-school aged children, primary and secondary school aged children in our packages. Our new Mini Science Club aimed at preschool children has proven to be incredibly popular, the introduces science to children through play.

Non-Profit Business of the Year 2021

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by The Creation Station

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Afric Crosssan-Wale – Forest Schools Birmingham CIC

Community Business of the Year 2021

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by Baby Squids

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Afric Crosssan-Wale – Forest Schools Birmingham CIC

We are a non profit established in 1999, dedicated to improving the lives of children and families throughout the Midlands. We are an Environmental and Mental Health focused organisation. We firmly believe that in order for us to thrive and sustain as a species we must create a strong symbiotic relationship between Humans and the Natural World, for in humans finding healing and comfort in nature, humans will then be compelled to heal and comfort Nature itself. We believe this must start with our children and must start at a very young age.

Our services include Forest School Services and training, Community Engagement Projects, Well-Being Projects and Grounds Design. We work in partnership with numerous organisations around the area.

Supplier of the Year 2021

Sponsored by Razzamataz Theatre Schools

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Kate Richardson – Avocado Events

Avocado Events creates events for parents, babies & children in fun venues across Yorkshire such as Thor’s Tipi; Everyman Cinema; Waterstones & Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland.

I work with local children’s activity providers to set up exciting & sensory experiences for my event guests, each receiving a goody bag packed with samples from well known brands such as Child’s Farm.

Start-Up of the Year 2021

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by Daisy First Aid

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Amara Lalemi-Jacobs – Sci4Us

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2021

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by Mess Around UK

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Amara Lalemi-Jacobs – Sci4Us

Sci4Us is an engaging STEM Club, led by two young female scientists who volunteer their time to create a club with a vibrant environment which encourages children to enjoy and persevere in STEM subjects.

Our service has been created for children aged 6-16 of all backgrounds and races to enjoy. As a result of the wide age range, we have two divisions. Sci4Us Juniors (children aged between 6 – 11) meet every Saturday for 1.5 hours and we provide opportunities for students to experience a hands-on approach to learning, taking part in experiments, listening to guest speakers amongst other things.

During the weekdays, we meet with children aged 11-16, focusing on the practical side of the three Sciences and showcasing the possible career paths within STEM.

Male Entrepreneur of the Year 2021

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by Little Wickets

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Callum McGuire – Einstein’s Entertainers

At Einstein’s Entertainers we are all about making science fun.

Founded in 2007, we have been sharing our passion for the sciences with primary-school aged children across the country for over a decade.

During this time, we’ve performed at numerous birthday parties, science events, school assemblies, weddings and after school clubs. Wherever we are, we aim to inspire and excite young minds through our spectacular hands-on shows.

All of our material has been put together in partnership with schools and teachers and designed to support and supplement The National Curriculum. It’s then delivered in our unique style, never failing to entertain, enthuse and educate.

Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by Smart Raspberry Cookery School

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Sarah Cressall – The Creation Station Ltd

Lifetime Achievement Award 2021

2021 Club Hub Award WinnerSponsored by Phonics Stars UK

2021 Club Hub Award Winner: Sarah Cressall – The Creation Station Ltd

The Creation Station is the UK’s largest and leading arts and crafts activity company.

Our purpose is to enhance lives through the positive power of creative experiences.

We bring creativity into all areas of learning, leisure and life to support parents, children, adults, senior citizens, and the whole community.

Established in 2002, by mum to three Sarah Cressall The Creation Station experiences have inspired over 1.5 million children and adults and 7000+ customers. have rated the activities 5-Star on Trustpilot. Activities are delivered by a fantastic family of franchise partners across the UK. Ranked #28 in the top 100 franchises in 2021, The Creation Station team is proud to provide fun educational and wellbeing experiences and create a positive impact through the work they do.

Special Mention

These finalists are given special mention for being shortlisted in 3 award categories in 2021.

Claire Clements and Jackie Wilson, Positively Empowered Kids CIC

Finalist – Community Business, Non-Profit Business and Lockdown Achievement 

“Positively Empowered Kids (PEK) CIC is an award winning social enterprise, based in Nottingham, and run by two mums. We have a worldwide vision to reach and empower the next generation to unlock their potential, to thrive in life and become future leaders and changemakers making a difference in the world through compassion, collaboration and empowerment which is at the heart of PEK. We are able to connect families and schools together via a strong network of wellbeing experts for a better outcome for every child. Using an early intervention and prevention model gives children the ability to handle whatever is facing them in their life.” 

Mala Henry, La Jolie Ronde 

Finalist – Franchise of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Lockdown Achievement 

“Since 1983 La Jolie Ronde has provided language learning to children aged 0-12 years old, world-wide, through lunchtime and after-school French and Spanish language clubs. We also supply high quality language teaching resources to primary schools, academies and prep schools both in the UK, Ireland and abroad plus the organisation of primary school educational visits to France. Our classes are now delivered face-to-face and online.”

Suzie Franck, Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense Sutton and Baby Sensory Wimbledon

Finalist – Biggest Growth, Family Business and Female Entrepreneur 

“Baby Sensory (for babies from birth – 13 months) and Toddler Sense (for children from 1 – 5 years) are sensory classes which work on all aspects of little ones’ sensory development and are backed by over 30 years of research. We include baby sign language, songs, musical instruments, puppet shows, visual displays, exercise, magical lights and so much more. Top Cat Productions is a Theatre Company founded by my husband and I and we specialise in Children’s Theatre and family friendly Pantomimes.”

We hope you enjoyed reading about our amazing Club Hub Award winners 2021.

If you have any questions about our Club Hub Awards or Event please get in touch with [email protected] our Event Project Manager

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