Membership History

Full Member
Joined 2001

Membership History

Full Member
Joined 2001

Company Overview

Jo Jingles offers fun, educational and interactive music, singing and movement for children ages 3 months to 5 years.

The Jo Jingles Business Opportunity

As a home based franchise business, Jo Jingles is ideal for those looking for a business that fits in with their family life

Franchise Overview

Most of our franchisees run classes for at least 36 weeks of the year, following the school year patterns. However, you can run for more weeks and provide as many classes as you like. There is also the option to do afterschool workshops, parties, nursery classes and holiday workshops. Contractually we expect all franchisees to run a minimum of 15 sessions per week and have at least 100 children registered at classes by the end of the first year.


When you purchase a franchise from Jo Jingles your business becomes part of our brand so we have a vested interest in making sure you have the support and the tools necessary to hit the ground running. Your success is our success so we’ll provide all of the training you need to ensure your business flourishes.

Daily Life of a franchisee

What makes a successful franchisee?

  • Are you confident and charismatic, well-organised and have strong presentation skills?
  • Can you relate to young children and take pride in being involved in the education and entertainment of pre-school children?
  • A business, sales or marketing background would be useful
  • Are you self-motivated and able to manage your time efficiently?

Leigh Duke

After having her first child, Leigh decided that her existing career in the world of Banking was not going to be the right choice for family life. She came to Jo Jingles as a customer initially, and enjoyed the classes with her baby so much that she decided to invest in her own franchise.

‘I like a challenge and having been to many Jo Jingles classes as a parent, I know how much fun learning through music is’.

Having never worked with children before she thought the classes might be tough to begin with, but discovered the specially designed programmes and strong support network we have, made it much easier than she thought. She loves seeing the progression of the babies to pre-schoolers and says:

‘I love the enthusiasm and seeing the little ones getting so much enjoyment out of it - as well as that they are learning new skills’.

Having initially purchased her Jo Jingles territory of East Lothian back in 2007 with her initial investment of £6600, her first year turnover was around £26,551. This area has now more than doubled to over £55,000. Leigh has not only maintained stability of her classes but she also expanded her business in 2015 when she purchased 2 additional areas East Edinburgh in October and Central Edinburgh in December. She now manages a team of eight class teachers, across two additional territories and most recently, has appointed a co-partner to continue the growth and acceleration of her region. She also runs sessions in nurseries and visits baby groups on a regular basis. Leigh is currently on target for an annual turnover in excess of £100k!

As well winning numerous other awards, she was named ‘Franchisee of the Year’ at the Jo Jingles annual conference 2016, for her outstanding management, growth and development of the business over the past nine years.

All this while being mum to two young, very active daughters of her own and being very much part of the local community, her positive reputation has kept the business model strong and growing still!

Gillian Glass

Former police constable and ex-accountant Gillian Glass, is now feeling the beat rather than being on it, having transformed her skills from restoring law and order in the local community to bringing music and song to the lives of young children in the southern Glasgow region.

Gillian took the decision to have a career-break when she became a mum to her daughter back in 2001. “I wanted to be a full-time mum at that point and raise my daughter and two sons”. Gillian had always wanted to work with children, and in 2011 with her youngest child in preschool, she needed something flexible that would fit around her family’s needs.

Having been a big advocate of Jo Jingles over the years (with all three of her children attending regular classes), when the opportunity to buy a franchise cropped up at the right time in her life, it was a no-brainer for Gillian so she set up her business in October 2011.

“It’s a joy to see the children each week and watch their enjoyment and progression, plus the interactive rapport I have with the children and their parents and carers is wonderful.”

Gillian has always loved music and has played the piano from an early age "Quite simply, I think music makes people happy."

Setting up her own Jo Jingles franchise has meant that the spirit of Jo Jingles has been brought back into her own home, “My children each have their own Jo dolls and they always loved their weekly classes, plus they are at a great stage and continue to enjoy listening to the songs and helping me with new ideas and themes!”

The future looks bright for Gillian

Gillian has some great plans for her franchise in the future “I have limited time off but have recently taken on a new class teacher and have already passed on one of my own classes to her. It’s difficult when you get attached to the wee ones though, but it was the right thing to do in terms of progression.”

With this extra resource Gillian has freed up more of her own time to expand and grow her business further. She plans to add more classes to her roster in the near future and hopes to secure more regular classes at local nurseries for her new class teacher. So watch this space!

Sharon Burbridge

I was first introduced to Jo Jingles in September 1999 while living in Windsor, Berkshire where I took our 2-year-old son Harry to a class for 1-2 year-old toddlers. It was something we both thoroughly enjoyed; in fact it became a high point of our week and something that Harry obviously loved.

At the time I was a full-time Mum but had a considerable background in sales and marketing having gained a Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma while working for Nestle UK Ltd for 11 years. I also enjoyed music/dance and drama and had a lot of experience working on local musical productions.

As time passed and I attended more Jo Jingles classes I was smitten. I loved the idea and could see the benefits to the children and felt I had the right type of background to run a franchise. So, when we returned home to Northern Ireland in April 2000 I bought a Jo Jingles franchise and set up my business.

By the end of my first year I was running 16 classes per week with the help of a class teacher who I employed in February 2001and by January 2002 we were running 23 classes. Since then I've again expanded my area. Jo Jingles is working very well for me enabling me to run a business doing something I really love and still finding time to spend with my own two young children.

In July 2001 I won "Jo Jingles – New Franchisee of the Year, 2001" award and I'm very excited for the future with plans in place to increase my weekly classes again.

Aside from the satisfaction and freedom of running my own business I believe I'm doing something really worthwhile. Watching lots of little smiling faces each day and seeing the development and improvement that takes place in the children attending classes is more rewarding than anything I've ever done in my career before.

I'm delighted I took the plunge and brought Jo Jingles to Northern Ireland and look forward to great years ahead.


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