A Rhythm Time franchisee who launched her business just three days before Christmas 2007 has seen her franchise grow by 64 per cent in just two years.
Former teacher Rachel Hughes looked into Rhythm Time music franchise opportunities after “a very happy six years with Lancashire music service”.
“It was whilst completing a teaching course in 2005 that opened my eyes to the possibilities of music and very young children,” said Rachel.
“I looked at various franchise opportunities then along came my daughter in 2007 and, wanting to pass on my love of music, I tried various classes, one of which was Rhythm Time.
“I fell in love with the pace, variety, songs and activities and knew instantly that I had found what I had been looking for. So, with a four-month-old baby, I enquired about becoming a franchisee.”
Rhythm Time was created 15 years ago in Solihull by mother of two Kathy Doolan, previously head of music in a Scottish school.
Its business franchises operate in nearly 200 different premises across the UK, helping more than 10,000 children across the UK to learn the three C’s – three C’s – confidence, creativity and co-ordination.
Rachel said: “Kathy contacted me straight away. Fate must have been playing a hand as my local franchise had been put up for sale two days earlier.
“Two frantic months later I found myself signing my franchise agreement and attending my first training session.”
Rhythm Time franchisees come from many walks of life but they all enjoy working with children in rewarding family-friendly franchises that help them to balance work and lifestyle commitments.
Rachel from Leyland, near Preston, runs a large Rhythm Time franchise in the Bolton, Bury and South Lancashire area.
Her business is now one of the most successful Rhythm Time franchises in the UK following its rapid growth over the last two years.
Rachel said: “Although I’m a trained musician, I certainly don’t think that it is a necessary requirement for a franchisee or teacher.
“What is necessary, in my opinion, is an innate love of music and children and the desire to work in an area which allows you to harness babies’ natural musicality whilst having fun.”
She added: “The courses and training material are written in such a way that it makes it easy and enjoyable to learn them.
“As a new franchisee Kathy personally trains you to ensure that you are teaching Rhythm Time to her naturally high standards, which is great as you can enter your first classes full of confidence.”
Posted: 24th Nov 2009