If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough, according to Sarah Beattie, managing director of Fun Fest Franchising
Following a career in banking, Sarah Beattie achieved her goal of running her own business when she opened a day nursery in Solihull. At the time, she had three young children and it was a challenge, especially during the school holidays when it was difficult to find childcare that suited them all.
Recognising a problem common to many working parents, she used her childcare experience to open a holiday club, which provided the quality of care and choice of activities she wanted for her own children – and so Fun Fest Holiday Club was born.
Following the launch of further successful clubs, Fun Fest launched its national franchise programme in 2017. This has led to impressive network growth, with 25 clubs now operating across the country, all contributing to its growing reputation with Ofsted, schools, parents and children.
Franchising is an effective way for founders like Sarah to grow their business and is a great option for people wishing to run their own business. As a franchisee, you gain an existing brand with a proven record of success and established operating systems, which vastly reduces the risk and stress of setting up your own business from scratch.
Having already expanded to offer additional children’s services, such as before and after school clubs, Sarah used 2020 to focus on developing the Canopy Children’s Nursery brand and franchise which will come to fruition later this year with the opening of the very first Canopy Children’s Nursery.
Sarah’s dream is for Fun Fest and Canopy to become a household names across the country which are highly respected and sought-after for the quality of child centred childcare that they offer.