Footlights is led by an individual whose passion and vision for her business has seen it grow from a single idea and hobby to a company creating an impact throughout the North West, Midlands and now South Wales.
Jo Fisher is a trained actor and teacher. She grew up in Higher Openshaw, a deprived area, left school at 14 with no qualifications and became the first milkwoman in Manchester in 1988 aged 18! Although, as a child, Jo loved literature, she was not encouraged to pursue her ambitions but instead expected to drift into an unskilled job. Despite this, in 1992 she fulfilled her dream to train as an actor. Jo then ‘fell’ into teaching and discovered she had as much passion for this as for books and acting. In 2005, after years of freelance teaching and acting, she launched Footlights with just £300 on a credit card. She won ‘Entrepreneur of The Year’ at Salford Business Awards in 2016, has produced and directed dozens of plays and, in 2018, her commitment to education (developing a play and workshop around the centenary of the First World War) resulted in an invitation to the Remembrance service at Westminster Abbey.
Yet on a Saturday morning, you will find Jo in her Footlights t-shirt and joggers at one of her four company-owned units and, if you arrive between 9.45am and 10am, be warned; she’ll probably ‘persuade’ you to join in the most energetic warm up of your life
Jo is an excellent role model for young people, inspiring them to make the most of their talent and develop new skills, and she fulfils the same role to her 12 franchisees, 9 of whom have been recruited in the past 24 months. Her enthusiasm and commitment are phenomenal, this woman is leading the way.