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Club Hub Podcast Season 2 – Our 2023 Event and Award Sponsors

Published on 19th June 2023 by Tessa Robinson

We are so excited to bring you the Club Hub Podcast Season 2! This season will be all about our amazing 2023 event and award sponsors. Giving you an insight into their busines journey and talking about the Club Hub Event 2023.

Club Hub Podcast Season 2

Season 2 Episode 1 – Cerys Keneally

Club Hub Podcast Season 2 Episode 1 - Cerys Keneally 


Cerys Keneally helps children’s activity providers to grow their business by working with schools and nurseries so they can earn a more stable income and have a bigger impact on children’s lives.  Join Cerys on her next free event at www.ceryskeneally.co.uk/masterclass if listening to this episode before 27th June or in her free group at www.facebook.com/groups/primaryactivityproviderbusinessclub if you’re listening in  afterwards.

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Episode 2 – James McDonald, Morton Michel Insurance

James is a Business Development Executive at Morton Michel where he works with franchise networks to build and deliver insurance solutions for them, their franchisees and members. He helps identify ways to make the process of identifying risks, arranging insurance and accessing insurance services fit around a networks individual needs and unique requirements. Morton Michel are the UK’s leading Childcare insurance specialist and have been providing specially designed insurance for nearly 60 years.” https://www.mortonmichel.com/

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Episode 3 – Avril O’Brien, Mitchy Titch Yoga

With a passion for yoga and the wellbeing of Children, Avril has developed Mitchy Titch Yoga & Mindfulness to encompass the fun loving sessions the children love with the strategies that they require to build self-care into their daily lives.  From birth to age 12, the children, parents, carers and teachers can all benefit from Avrils wealth of experience as she develops and enhances the program through her franchisees, offering fun and engaging sessions.  You can find out how to book or how to join the team at https://www.mitchytitch.co.uk

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Episode 4 – Katie Lavis, Founder & Managing Director – Little Starts Gift Cards

Having experienced the benefits of baby, toddler and preschool classes with her own little ones and spotting a gap in the market, Managing Director Katie Lavis founded Little Starts Gift Cards to enable people to gift fun, friendship and memories at classes to young families, instead of more unwanted plastic toys and clothes destined for landfill. https://www.littlestartsgiftcards.com/

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Episode 5 – Rachelle Hutt, Mess Around Ltd.

Hello, I am Rachelle proud owner of Mess Around Ltd and Sub-Editor at Business Success Network in Children’s Activity Providers.

Mess Around Ltd has been my passion for the last 4 years, starting life as a franchisee as it fitted my ethos and values on what Children’s activities should look like and then took over as franchisor from the lovely Krissy in 2021. We are all about children learning through play and allowing them experiences that they might not get at home. We want to bring families together to create memories, have fun and with no stress! As a primary teacher, I am well aware that Messy Play is so important to our children’s development but as a Mum, I understand the pain of not wanting it in the house! That’s why Mess Around is the perfect fit! Where else can you come and find over 12 different messy activities and not have to worry about cleaning up? http://www.messarounduk.com/

I started working with Stacey Calder at The Business Success Network 12 months ago, the pandemic hit our industry hard and I for one felt that we were forgotten, we play such an important part in the early development of our children (our future) that we should be recognised and championed alongside all the other industries out there, so we created a Children’s Activity Providers group and have just launched our first Magazine (at The Club Hub awards!) in our group we have lots of fellow activity providers but also lots of businesses to help scale and grow our business too. Almost like a one-stop shop! We plan to keep adding to the group and will be hosting meet-ups and masterclasses too! http://www.facebook.com/groups/bsnchildrensactivityproviders

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Episode 6 – Claire Munday, Tappy Toes

Claire Munday is the founder and creator of Tappy Toes. She started dancing at the age of 3 and has danced all her life. After a successful 10 year career as a professional dancer she set up her own Dance school RISE Studios in Rickmansworth and Watford, Hertfordshire, and created the Tappy Toes brand and syllabus.

Having run the Tappy Toes toddler dance classes for a few years and being asked about setting them up in various other areas, Claire decided to franchise Tappy Toes so that children all over the UK could learn to dance in a fun and imaginative way. The Epping classes were set up after Claire made the move from Watford to Epping, Essex. Having taught them for a few years, Claire took time out to have her children and classes are now taught by the lovely Miss Jasmine. Over the years Claire has tweaked and added to the syllabus, introducing the Teeny Toes baby classes after having two children of her own and not finding a baby dance class for that age group, and expanding to offer Baby ballet classes, Tip Toes. Tappy Toes now offers dance classes for all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Claire’s mission is to get all our little ones moving, and to instil a real love of dance and the arts at a young age. Claire also teaches teenagers, and has noticed a real rise in teenage anxiety over the last few years. She is extremely passionate about introducing children to dance as young as possible, in the hope that they continue with it into adulthood. It is such a great stress reliever and releases those happy endorphins that keep our mental health strong! Find out more about our Franchise Opportunities

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Episode 7 – Sarah Beattie, Fun Fest for Children

Founder and Managing Director of Fun Fest Franchising UK Ltd, Sarah is committed to growing a network of child-centred holiday clubs where the children choose how they want to spend their holidays from a menu of over 50 different activities. Fun Fest Holiday clubs operate through a franchised network in 32 locations with more franchisees joining the Fun Fest family all the time. https://fun-fest.co.uk/

Sarah and the team launched the Canopy Children’s Nursery brand in 2020 and now have three Canopy Nurseries open with several more in the pipeline. https://canopynurseries.co.uk/

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Episode 8 – Nicola Lander, Jigsaw Arts Franchise Ltd

Nicola is the founder and director of Jigsaw Performing Arts Schools.  Nicola attended a weekend performing arts school in Bristol (her home town) as a child and it had a big impact on her life. After completing her professional training at Mountview Theatre School,  she was inspired to set up Jigsaw Arts in 1995 so more children could benefit from performing arts classes, giving them the confidence and social skills to achieve their full potential.  What’s more, Jigsaw Arts is enormous fun for all involved, students, staff and head office.

In 2013, Nicola felt Jigsaw had reached its full capacity with 22 schools and 2000 students across London.  This is when she decided to take the big step into the franchising world.  Nicola was keen to support other like-minded individuals who were passionate about running their own performing arts schools.  Nicola says, “ It’s one of the best decisions I ever made.  We are able to reach so many more children this way and I absolutely love training and supporting the Jigsaw franchisees to be confident business owners. We have a created a place to belong for our students and franchisees alike.”

If you would like to know more about running your own Jigsaw Performing Arts School and what a Jigsaw franchise is all about, you can contact Nicola and her team for an informal chat on 020 8445 0485 or email [email protected].  You will also find more information here. www.jigsaw-arts.co.uk/franchise

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Episode 9 – Tamsin Brewis, Water Babies Bucks & Beds and The Children’s Alliance

Tamsin Brewis has been a franchisee for Water Babies since 2004.  “I am very proud that we have taught thousands of children to swim and develop a love of water” she says.  “However I could not have achieved this without my amazing team.”  Water Babies runs classes from birth to 6 years of age all over the UK and is renowned for the quality of their teaching.  Tamsin’s area covers Milton Keynes, Bedford, Aylesbury, Banbury and the surrounding areas and can be contacted on 01295 709221 or www.waterbabies.co.uk.

Tamsin is also working with Water Babies to set up their charity, the Children’s Alliance.  This charity has two main aims; to give children and young people access to water through swimming lessons, access to lessons, water play and providing swimwear and secondly, to campaign for a Department for Children, Young People and Families in our Government to address issues of mental health, physical health and well being.  Our children are the adults of the future so to produce a healthy society, it is essential to look after children from pre-conception, through birth, into childhood and onwards as they grow.  To find out more support our campaign https://www.change.org/p/join-us-by-signing-this-petition-and-give-every-child-the-best-start-in-life?source_location=search  and join us www.childrensalliance.org.uk

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Episode 10 – Children’s Franchise Enterprise

Episode 10 - Children's Franchise Enterprise

The Children’s Franchise Enterprise supports businesses at any stage of their franchise journey and helps parents looking for a new direction to discover what franchising is all about. Our website and social media platforms are dedicated to showcasing the top UK children’s franchise opportunities. If you’re a business looking for exposure or if you’re a parent looking at your career choices then we can help. Head over to our website to explore the possibilities… www.childrensfranchise.co.uk 

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Episode 11 – Kristine Monaghan, Children’s Activity Business Club

Hi I’m Krissy,

Over the last 12 years in the Children activity sector,  I’ve done it all. I’ve been the director of a London charity, a franchisee, a master franchisee, and a franchisor with a fantastic UK wide network and now a Children’s Activity Business Coach,  all whilst being a mother to 2 young ladies.

I’ve worked from the ground up and so I’ve experienced first-hand the highs and the lows of business ownership. I’ve felt the pain of failure and the absolute joy of success. I’ve worked with the best and the worst but throughout it all I have made it a key goal of mine to turn every hurdle into an opportunity to learn.

It’s this hard won knowledge that I would like to share with you through the Children’s Activity Business Academy. Whether you’re fresh to the idea of being your own boss and you’re simply looking for fresh breeze of motivation, or you’re a seasoned veteran looking for a fresh pair of eyes and a new perspective, I can be your ultimate coach for children’s activity business.

So, book a FREE discovery call today and let’s see what we can achieve together.



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Episode 12 – Sarah Gittins, The Dance Den

Episode 12 - Sarah Gittins, The Dance Den

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. https://thedanceden.co.uk/

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Episode 13 –  Jenni Dunmam, Daisy First Aid

Episode 13 -  Jenni Dunmam, Daisy First Aid

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. https://www.daisyfirstaid.com/

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Episode 14 – Jo Middleton, The Franchise Business School

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. franchisebusinessschool.com

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Episode 15 – Chris Ryu, Dorset Tech

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Episode 16 – GKR Karate

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Thank you all very much for listening to the Club Hub Podcast Season 2. If you would like your own episode please get in touch via our website.

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