Monkey Music, which provides music group classes for pre-school children, has appointed Deborah Stanbury as its new Director.

Stanbury (pictured), who was promoted from her previous role as Franchise Manager, will be responsible for franchise owner support and strategic business development.

There are currently more than 50 franchises currently operating in nearly 300 locations countrywide and every week more than 10,000 children visit Monkey Music classes.

Stanbury’s association with Monkey Music started as a customer. Becoming a convert, she became a franchise owner in 2005 before moving to Monkey Music’s head office in 2009. Previously Stanbury worked as Head of Finance and Legal Affairs at Universal Music, where she played a leading role in contract negotiations with artists such as Elton John, Robbie Williams, Fat Boy Slim, Beautiful South and Pulp. So, Monkey Music franchise owners now benefit from her significant experience and expertise.

Stanbury said: “Monkey Music is going from strength to strength. Although our classes are always engaging and great fun, the foundation of our offering is a proven, tried and tested progressive curriculum that uses music to enhance all aspects of a young child’s development and learning. Our carers understand the real developmental value that Monkey Music has for their babies and young children, so, even in these challenging times when other activities fall by the wayside, Monkey Music remains a treasured and protected family activity. From a franchise owner point of view, our dedicated franchise support team and specialist head office personnel, offer highly experienced advice and tailored ongoing training for every stage a franchise owner reaches as their business grows.

“Anyone who understands the transformational power of music will love Monkey Music. That’s the starting point for nearly all our franchise owners. Whether they have a background in music education or not, a passion for music is always there. Combine this with business acumen and our proven model for success and Monkey Music offers a unique and utterly fulfilling business opportunity for franchise owners all across the country.”

Angie Coates, founder of Monkey Music, said: “We’re delighted to appoint Deborah as a Monkey Music Director. Her dedication and expertise have already had a significant affect on our growing business and, with her support, I’m confident many more new franchise owners will discover the personal enjoyment and business rewards that running a Monkey Music franchise can offer.”

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