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New faces join Stagecoach Performing Arts in their 30th year

Stagecoach Performing Arts welcomes three new franchisees at the start of its 30th anniversary year – just in time to take part in the festivities. With the first franchisee training week of the year now complete, 2018 is set to be another year of staggering growth for this globally-recognised performing arts franchise.

For 30 years, the Stagecoach model has been proven and refined to become one of the UK’s leading performing arts opportunities. Franchisees build a team of equally passionate and enthusiastic teachers, qualified to bring out the very best in their students. Stagecoach schools provide a thriving, nurturing and supportive environment for creative learning. That’s just one of the reasons why 45,000 children every week flock to classes nationwide.

Amongst the three new franchisees was Donna Batten, who joins the network as owner and Principal of Stagecoach Winchester. Donna, who has worked as a dance teacher with Stagecoach for over 13 years, is looking forward to facing new challenges as a franchisee.

“The franchisee training was really eye opening as I shift my mindset from teacher to business owner. The thing that stood out to me the most was just how friendly and accommodating the Stagecoach team are. Having that support network to fall back on gives me confidence and makes me more excited than ever to welcome my students in the summer term.”

Donna was joined at the training week held at the Stagecoach head office in Surrey by Yvonne Rood, Stagecoach Peterborough, Matilda James, Stagecoach Buckingham and two delegates from the China school pilot. Claire Beddow of Stagecoach Canterbury and Nermin Avlar, of Stagecoach Hannover-Nord in Germany, joined in on the franchisee training, attending the course as a refresher.  

“Welcoming new franchisees to the network is a great start to a momentous year at Stagecoach. Our franchisees come from diverse backgrounds and we’re continuing to see that expand. An interest or experience in the performing arts isn’t crucial for our franchisees’ success – it’s about the passion to support your students and the dedication to grow a profitable, stable business. Our new franchisees most definitely possess these qualities and we’re eager to see them flourish.” said Andy Knights, Chief Operating Officer at Stagecoach.

A group photo of the seven franchisees at their Stagecoach training week
A group photo of the seven franchisees at their Stagecoach training week
Stagecoach Performing Arts

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