Tutor Doctor has a seasonal spring in its step as the brand welcomes five new faces into their ever-growing UK network. Franchisees like Claire Bagnall-Hunt who opened her doors with her friend Rebecca Ridd, and Chelsea Eden who started her franchise with husband Daniel’s support, are hoping that they can provide students in their local area with extra support in their education.
It’s come as no surprise that there’s been an increase in franchisees starting out with a business partner to assist in the grand opening. Many Tutor Doctor franchisees enjoy the dynamic of a flexible and innovative management style that creates a great working environment for everyone – tutors, students and parents alike. Claire Bagnall-Hunt launched her Gloucester-based franchise with Rebecca in February after both getting the opportunity to start their own business.
“I began looking into franchising over a year ago,” says Claire, “but I didn’t take it any further because of the fear of going it alone. Then, when Rebecca received her redundancy and started searching for a new role, it felt very natural to start a business together. We both have a background in education and wanted to stay in the industry to support young people in achieving their goals. Taking what I’d learnt from my research into franchising, I knew we could deliver that – and more – by using the support of a well-established model.”
Like most Tutor Doctor franchisees, Claire and Rebecca have the desire to change the trajectory of student’s lives through their learning. At a no-obligation consultation, they thoroughly assess a child’s needs and pair them with a suitable tutor to deliver the in-home sessions and hopefully create a lasting impact on their education.
One of the pairs’ fellow new franchisees, Chelsea Eden, says she’s determined to make a tangible impact on her local community by supporting students and their families as well as bringing work to the area. Launching in March with the full support of her husband, her background in recruitment makes her a natural people person – perfect for her new business! With her two young children in mind, Chelsea wants to run a successful business that can work around her family: training taught her all she needed to know in creating just that.
Like all new franchisees, the newest members of the Tutor Doctor family completed 80 hours of online training before attending a five-day intensive training programme at Home Office in Toronto. The training takes franchisees through every step of their franchise launch journey, from securing that first sale, to conducting consultations and developing the perfect marketing strategy for their new business. Claire and Rebecca revelled in the opportunity to learn.
“The training was intense and at times all-consuming – but totally worth it. The most useful part was the role plays as it created a great bonding experience for us all as brand-new business owners. We got a better understanding of how the business works, what sort of challenges we will be facing and how to overcome things that we might not expect.”