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Club Hub Awards 2024

Saturday 11th May 2024

  • Entries for the Club Hub Awards 2024 are now closed
  • Finalists will be announced on the Club Hub Facebook Group 18th March 2024 at 8pm
  • Winners will be announced at the Club Hub Event 11th of May 2024
  • If you have any questions please get in touch with [email protected] our event and awards manager

Our 2024 Award Sponsors and Categories

Attraction or Venue of the Year

Sponsored by Businesswomen UnLtd

For a business in the children’s activities industry who has their own venue. This can include baby class leaders and gymnastics teachers who have their own premises, but also attractions, event companies, cafes, zoos and farms.

Businesswomen UnLtd is proud to sponsor these awards.

We know the importance of awards having won many for our networking organisation, started in 2011, which is open to any female entrepreneur who either has an existing business or is thinking of starting one. This is a community built by women for women, who support each other, collaborate, and stimulate creativity.

You are never alone with our community. There is always someone there to support, bounce ideas with and help keep you accountable. Learning and developing are vital for your business to be successful. Building your knowledge will mean you are addressing the elements in your business to help it evolve.

Friendships are formed, business alliances are created, and the word will spread about your business. Naturally and over time, the seeds you sow help your business blossom.






Biggest Growth of the Year

Sponsored by Book That In

For a business in the children’s activities industry that has increased their number of bookings significantly or has shown they have made huge growth in their business in the past year.

Designed with children’s activity providers in mind, Book That In is the online booking system that gives you powerful booking functionality at small business prices, so you can really compete with the big boys. Dedicated to being the best booking system in the UK at helping you to grow, the intuitive and easy-to-use platform looks great on your website, is hugely flexible, and helps you to attract new customers.

Learn more and book a demo at bookthatin.com – quote CLUBHUB to claim a free done-for-you migration service worth £99.

Community Champion of the Year

Sponsored by Cerys Keneally

For a business in the children’s activities industry that supports their local community by organising events for them or raising money for local causes or being involved with local schools and businesses.

Cerys Keneally is a TEDx speaker, podcaster and author who delivers award-winning training for the children’s activity sector.  Since starting the Approaching Schools Challenge in 2019, she has helped over 5,000 providers to get their business into schools and nurseries for free.  Cerys is the proud creator of the CPD accredited “Approaching Schools Academy” where she has supported hundreds of providers to grow profitable businesses by working with schools and nurseries. She has also worked privately with over 40 leading franchise brands to upskill their networks. Once a shy child who gained her confidence from extra-curricular activities, Cerys is passionate about building creative confidence with the providers she works with and all the children they work with. 







Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by Bloom Toddler Classes and Bloom Baby Classes

For a person who has worked in the children’s activities industry for more than 3 years.

Bloom Baby Classes and Bloom Toddler Classes are proud to sponsor the Club Hub Awards Entrepreneur of the year award.

“This is a particular award that stands out to us being an ever growing network of ambitious hardworking individuals it makes us very proud watching our own network grow into successful business people and we appreciate the hard work and dedication creating a successful business brings.   Being recognised for your hard work and determination is a huge achievement and something that all the finalists should be incredibly proud of”

Bloom Baby Classes was established in 2017 by myself Victoria Jennings and in just 6 years our baby class network has over 100 franchise areas.  In 2022 we created a follow on programme Bloom Toddler Classes which is also growing successfully both in the UK and overseas”

To find our more about our classes visit our websites bloombabyclasses.com and bloomtoddlerclasses.com

Family Business of the Year

Sponsored by Water Babies Bucks and Beds

For a business in the children’s activities industry with 2 or more members from the same family running it.

Water Babies, the leading baby swim school in the UK, is proud to sponsor the Club Hub awards, particularly the Family Business Award. “Water Babies is made up of a network of family businesses so it is very dear to me that family businesses are encouraged and helped to succeed as they can change the lives of a whole family” says Tamsin Brewis, who runs the Water Babies in the Buckinghamshire area and who is sponsoring this Award.

“I started my business back in 2004 and I am very proud that we have taught thousands of children to swim, develop a love of water and provided rewarding jobs for my amazing team too; I could not have achieved what we have achieved without my team”..

Water Babies provides lessons throughout Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Bedford, Banbury and surrounding area and can be contacted on 01295 709221 or via the website on waterbabies.co.uk

Franchise of the Year with up to 15 Franchisees

Sponsored by Trustist

For a franchise with up to 15 franchisees that shows they have the whole package of a ready made business in the children’s activities industry that will excel. Only the creator/owner of the franchise can enter this category.

Trustist help businesses by aggregating reviews from all platforms into one easy-to-understand rating, leading to Trustist becoming one of the most widely used review platforms in the children’s activities industry. The Trustist Reviews platform is designed to be straight forward, providing a solution for easy collection and management of reviews through which businesses can expect to get more traffic to their website and more reviews to show off to potential customers!

Recently, the Trustist team have created two new products, TrustistTransfer and TrustistEcommerce, which aim to streamline the payment collection process for all businesses. By using Open Banking technology, TrustistTransfer and TrustistEcommerce allow businesses to benefit from reduced transaction fees, improving their payment processes and keeping their business safe with 0% risk of chargebacks! In early 2024, TrustistTransfer integrated with Apple Pay and Google Pay to enable customers to use their smartphones to complete payments.


Franchise of the Year with more than 15 Franchisees

Sponsored by The Franchise Business School

For a franchise with more than 15 franchisees that shows they have the whole package of a ready made business in the children’s activities industry that will excel. Only the creator/owner of the franchise can enter this category.

Franchising a business can be a minefield. Your brain always seems to be whizzing round and there is always so much to do.

Franchise Business School shortcuts your franchise business growth and provides you with the support you need, whether you are just starting on the franchising road or have already got franchisees. The exclusive membership, peer support and easy to follow masterclasses, written and delivered by multi award winning franchisor Jo Middleton, are designed to make being a franchisor easier.


Franchisee of the Year

Sponsored by Minime Mindfulness

For a person who has bought a franchise license in the children’s activities industry and made it a big success.

MiniMe Mindfulness® teaches positive mindfulness and mindset techniques to pre and primary school children in a fun and innovative way.

We invite all children to onboard ‘superpowers’ to feel more confidence, happiness, resilience, internal calm, focus and confidence.  Which can help to reduce stress and anxiety.

We help children to understand their internal superpowers – and how to use them straight away, in order to live fully and thrive. 

Our award winning team work with schools, nurseries and communities to positively impact children across the UK in-person and online.

We are a rapidly expanding franchise network of world class heart led leaders. We are proud to have been awarded ‘Franchise of the year 2023’ in the Club Hub awards and are excited to be sponsoring the 2024 Franchisee of the Year.


Independent Business of the Year

Sponsored by The Dance Den

Not a franchise but an independent business in the children’s activities industry.

Sarah Gittins launched The Dance Den to help Dance, Theatre and studio School Owners like herself find balance in their life whilst running a successful school. A qualified mentor, entrepreneurial practice and management postgrad she has helped thousands of studio owners to scale their business.

Creator of The Start Scale Steer Studio System® Sarah has a studio owners roadmap to more money, time and freedom. Whichever stage in your business journey you are the strategic systems taught are relevant to you.  A best-selling author, Sarah has also created The Performance Business Planner, Show Planner and spoken on numerous stages, podcasts in the UK and America.  She has led trainings for the ISTD, BBO and IDTA.  What you get with her is straight talking business sense, she has the t-shirt in many colours and really comes from a place of experience.


Leader of the Year

Sponsored by GKR Karate

For a person who manages a team of people, whether that is someone who is head of a franchise or head of marketing or any lead role in the children’s activities industry. This person must have been managing this same team for more than 2 years.

GKR Karate UK was established in 1994 and is one of the largest martial arts organisations in the UK. We have over 500 classes running across the UK with a membership base of over 8,000 students. With dojo’s in most major cities our locations are within 10-15 minutes of each other, thereby catering for classes 7 days per week. Classes are suitable for all ages (5 yrs and up), and we also run specialised kids only classes in many locations.

To find a location nearest you, check out our UK Locations.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Morton Michel Insurance

For a person who has worked in the children’s activities industry for more than 10 years who has made a significant impact on hundreds of children’s lives.

Morton Michel has been working with and supporting the Children’s Activities sector for nearly fifty years so we fully understand the importance that children’s activity providers bring to a child’s learning and development. Our specialist Children’s Activity policy can be tailored to meet individual requirements and includes a wide range of cover, as well as a package of additional benefits designed to support you and your business.

Click here to find out more.

Marketing Pop Star

Sponsored by Kristine Monaghan – Children’s Activity Business Academy

For a person in the children’s activities industry who has shown they have excellent marketing presence.

Hi, I’m Krissy, Award Winning Children’s Activity Expert. I empower providers to unlock their full potential, maximizing their income, and enabling them to do what they love.

With an incredible 12-year journey in the Children’s Activity sector, I’ve worn many hats. From serving as the director of a London charity to stepping into the roles of franchisee, master franchisee, and franchisor, I’ve built a thriving UK-wide network. And all this while being a devoted mother to two wonderful young ladies.

My journey hasn’t been without its share of challenges and triumphs. I’ve seen the ups and downs of business ownership, experienced both the sting of failure and the euphoria of success. I’ve collaborated with the best and navigated through the worst. But throughout it all, I’ve made it my mission to turn every obstacle into a stepping stone for growth.

What truly sets me apart is my unwavering belief in your potential. I’m not just a Children’s Activity Business Coach; I’m your partner in unlocking the doors to success. Together, we’ll harness your strengths, seize opportunities, and maximize your income potential.





Non-Profit Business of the Year

Sponsored by Fun Fest For Children

charitysocial enterprise or non-profit business in the children’s activities industry.

Fun Fest Holiday Clubs give children the freedom to choose and the power to play.  With a menu of different activities to choose from every morning and afternoon, children design their own individual holiday programme.  From Nerf Challenge, Mission Impossible, Great Outdoors and Mad About Science to Cup Cake Heaven, Jewellery Making, Beauty School and Harry Potter Experience, there is something to appeal to every child.


Solo Star of the Year

Sponsored by Mitchy Titch Yoga

For a person in the children’s activities industry that runs their business completely by themselves. For example no marketing, social media or admin support. You may have class helpers but they can have no input in the way you run your business.

Avril O’Brien has taken her passion for yoga and created award winning sessions for children from birth to age 12.  Our sessions for baby, toddler and school aged children provide a toolkit to help build calmness & resilience, strength & self-confidence from an early age, skills that will serve them through to adulthood.  Relaxation & mindfulness are key to self-care and it is a joy to be able to teach our children these skills.

Our fun loving Monkey, Mitchy takes our younger children & families on an adventure through yoga poses and flows, stories, and games whilst our school children love to learn how to regulate and better understand their emotions, improve their concentration, and manage stress with breathing techniques.  Group yoga sessions are a great way for children (and you or the class environment) to connect with peers, build self-esteem and have positive interactions with other

Find out more at mitchytitch.co.uk

Start-Up of the Year

Sponsored by Daisy First Aid

For a business in the children’s activities industry who are no more than 3 years old at the time of the event in May 2023.

Daisy First Aid believe that every children’s activity provider should have access to great quality, affordable paediatric first aid training.

If a child has an accident or becomes poorly in a class we want both the activity provider and the carer to feel confident that the child is given the best care before medical professionals take over.

We are so proud to yet again sponsor these amazing awards and meeting so many incredible businesses.


Supplier of the Year

Sponsored by She Can Prosper

For a business that supplies a children’s activity business any type of support or system. For example bookings, admin, insurance and training.

As a passionate supporter of female-led businesses, She Can Prosper is delighted to support these awards. Our mission is to ensure every woman gets the financial future they deserve.

Our events provide valuable ideas and insights into the world of personal financial planning. The support we offer is for women of all ages and backgrounds to learn how to make decisions for the future they want and deserve. If you need help with pension advice, income or critical illness protection, investments or want a review to see if you are on track with your financial goals, get in touch.





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