A profitable performance

Michael Da Silva Pearce turned his passion for the performing arts into a profitable and enjoyable business by launching his own LIPA 4:19 franchise

Full-time teacher and LIPA 4:19 franchisee, Michael Da Silva Pearce, has continued to watch his student numbers grow since launching his Wanstead-based academy in 2009.

“In just a few short months I have gone from having 35 to 50 students,” says Michael. “I think both the students and parents recognise the high quality curriculum that is taught at LIPA 4:19 academies – just recently one of my students landed a role in a West End show.”

As the LIPA 4:19 opportunity is operated on a part-time basis, Michael is able to continue working in his full-time position as a secondary school teacher, while managing his academy.

“I find it very easy to fit my LIPA 4:19 commitments around work but I hope to retire from teaching in the next few years so I can put all of my energies into the academy,” he reveals. “At the moment, I am running classes on Saturdays but in the future I hope to start tap and ballet evening lessons during the week.”

Michael puts the success of his academy down to his excellent teaching staff and the dedicated support of the LIPA 4:19 franchise team.

“My Franchise Manager, Kerry Watkins, and the rest of the team are just brilliant. I am now confident running my academy but if I ever need any advice or help, Kerry is only ever an email or phone call away.

“I am thoroughly enjoying my LIPA 4:19 franchise and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a creative and profitable business,” concludes Michael.

LIPA 4:19 is a part-time performing arts academy, offering a management franchise that provides classes in dance, drama and singing to those aged between four and 19.

“By joining our network, franchisees are in a unique position to affect the lives of young people in their local area, and to benefit from the immense market potential that is to be found everywhere in the UK today,” says LIPA 4:19 Franchise Manager Kerry Watkins.

LIPA 4:19 is looking for franchisees who have a passion for the performing arts and a good head for business.

The LIPA 4:19 opportunity is flexible, as franchisees can take a joint managerial/operational role – overseeing the running of the academy, and teaching some classes themselves –provided they have an appropriate qualification. Alternatively, they can leave their teachers to run all the classes and focus on supporting and growing their business.

Since launching its franchise opportunity in 2003, LIPA 4:19 has established three academies throughout the UK – and has successfully launched its first European franchise in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Confirming the success of its franchised business model, LIPA 4:19 has become an Associate member of the British Franchise Association (bfa) after passing a stringent accreditation process.

“Becoming a member of the bfa is a real benchmark for our business,” says Kerry. “We are committed to running the highest quality franchises with the best teachers available. We are in talks with potential franchisees with a view to opening more sites this year – having the bfa badge on our business will help us attract the best people to do so.”

Reported by Tiffany Brooking