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With five franchise owners already established TalkFirst, which provides signing classes for all children up to 30 months, is looking to expand its franchise network further.

TalkFirst was founded in October 2005 and provides classes for parents and children, classes in nurseries and children's centres, children's parties, staff training for the childcare workforce, and sale of TalkFirst merchandise.

The company launched its first franchise in February 2006 and has already recruited a further four franchise owners. TalkFirst franchise owners earn revenue from delivering the TalkFirst products such as classes, staff training, parties and through selling merchandise. Franchise owners are also responsible for promoting their business within their area using a variety of proven methods; maintaining an efficient back office and keeping admin up to date; and engaging head office initiatives to help further grow and maintain standards within their business.

The TalkFirst franchise investment fee is £4,000 plus VAT, for which franchise owners will gain full training and support including:

  • Initial training at head office Lancashire
  • Update phone call each half term
  • Annual franchise owner meeting
  • Annual business visit to support implementation of business plan
  • Ongoing adhoc training as needed
  • In house franchise owner website with notice board/chat room - with all supporting documentation at hand
  • Open access to the head office team

TalkFirst is looking for franchise owners who have Level 1 British Sign Language or commitment to work towards it; experience working with children or bringing them up; lively and enthusiastic; passionate about giving children the best start; enthusiastic about working with parents and children; and need to be self-motivated, organised and will to follow the TalkFirst Business System.


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