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now is the perfect time for many people to set up their own business without the risk of doing it entirely on their own

21 January 2009 – Pre-school music class franchise Music Bugs® ( is offering all new franchisees who sign up before 31 March 2009 free advertising worth £500 to help them kick start their business. The company believes that people looking for a new career in the new year coupled with a rising number of redundancies*, makes buying a franchise a very appealing option.

“With the threat of redundancy never higher, now is the perfect time for many people to set up their own business without the risk of doing it entirely on their own. Our franchise gives mums in particular the chance to bring in an additional revenue stream for the family, which can be reassuring if the main breadwinner’s job might be hanging in the balance or if they’d been laid off themselves,” explains Claire Bennett, founder of Music Bugs.

“We know that buying a franchise is a big commitment. By giving our franchisees £500 in free advertising, we’re helping to ensure that their business gets off to a flying start. What’s more, we’ll help them select and buy the advertising because we know what works and what doesn’t. They get the benefit of our experience plus possible advertising buying discounts,” she continues.

Claire, a mum of four and former registered nurse, founded Music Bugs in 2004 but decided to run the business as a franchise in 2007 after demand exceeded her ability to provide enough classes. Today she has 13 franchisees dotted around the country, the newest of whom, Heather Marshall, has just opened her doors for business in Bath.

“After being made redundant in 2007, I worked in accounting doing 12 hour long days including a three hour commute. Trying to juggle two children and this schedule was very difficult, but getting a part-time job at my accounting level close to home in the current economic climate was impossible. So I bought a Music Bugs franchise late in 2008. It has given me the security and flexibility I need to be able to work around my children but still make a living. I’ve started off the new year with a brand new career and despite all the financial doom and gloom, I’m raring to go,” says Heather.

Music Bugs classes differ from others available as they focus on fun and play-based development, rather than strict educational guidelines or the actual teaching of music. The classes make use of a wide range of props – from puppets to bubble machines – as well as a broad selection of songs to help children explore and interact, allowing them to use their imagination and simply be kids.

One hundred and twenty exclusive Music Bugs® franchise territories are now available throughout the UK and Ireland. Franchisees don’t need any specific experience, but they do need to have a good singing voice, a head for business, bags of enthusiasm and are confident, outgoing and able to relate to very young children and their carers.

Some of the things franchisees will receive include:

Comprehensive training from the head office, including information on how to market their business locally, finding venues, administration, tax and accounting, health and safety, and course content.

A generous exclusive franchise territory with a five year renewable franchise license.

Ongoing support and comprehensive training and operations manuals

A massive supply of instruments, puppets, props and storage containers

Branded clothing, flyers, posters, stickers and business stationery

Lesson plans, CDs and good quality CD player for use in classes

A voucher for £500 worth of advertising if they sign up before 31 March 2009 plus advice on what advertising to buy.

Says Claire: “It does require a committed investment of time and money but for people wanting to start something new, doing something fun, in hours that suit them all while earning a good income, it is a simple, low risk opportunity that will put a smile on their face and on those of all the children and parents they teach.”

To request a franchise information pack or for an informal chat about the opportunity, contact Claire on 0844 578 1010.


* Redundancy rates among female workers increased by 2.3%, compared to just 1.2% for men according to new analysis from the Trades Union Congress.

For more information contact:

Melissa Talago
Peekaboo Communications
Tel: 01635 24496

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