Leading the way
“Simply the best class I have ever attended with my baby. Monkey Music mum”
Monkey Music is widely recognised as the UK’s premium pre-school music brand. Our family friendly career opportunity is delivered by an award winning franchise network.
Would you like a rewarding career which offers you a flexible working opportunity? If so ... read on.
For over 20 years Monkey Music has been offering professional people the chance to re-think their career and start something new.
Our franchise business owners come from all walks of life but have four things in common; wanting to run their own business, the desire to work flexible hours, to choose when and where they work, a strong work ethos and excitement and passion about the value of an early music education.
“I've never looked back! ”
Monkey Music franchisee
But what is it about Monkey Music that translates so well into a thriving business for so many people? We believe the answer is deeply ingrained in our tried and tested business model. This, combined with the expertise of our Head Office team, offers our franchisees the right mix of ingredients with which to run their own successful business ...
'British Franchisor of the Year Awards' – Finalist in 2010 & 2013 in HSBC ‘Franchisee Support' category. Winner of Express Newspaper's ‘Brand Builder of the Year 2005’.
PRE-SCHOOL ACTIVITY AWARDS
WO4LO’S Awards - Finalist in 2013 Best National Baby and Toddler Development Activity + 2013 Best National Preschooler Development Activity. Winner of 2010 Best National Pre-Schooler Development Activity Award, Winner of 2008 Best National Toddler Activity Award.
Plus winners of numerous local parenting awards won by franchisees such as the 2015 Mums in the Know Awards, the 2014 Netmums Awards and the 2013 MADE Family Award.
Monkey was at The Baby Show at London's Olympia last week with Macmillan Children's Books. He met so many lovely people and loved sharing his ne......Read more
Congratulations to our Monkey Music London based franchisees; Jayne Harris, Jeni Eastlake (both pictured) and Eloise Trippier; Winners of the 'Best Ki......Read more
Starting up a business is exciting but it can also be a little scary! However, by operating as a ‘franchise business’ with the support of an experienced ‘franchisor’, you may find that some of the more daunting aspects of being a business owner are made a little easier. These might include things like:
And additionally, a franchisor provides you with a vast array of different things that are relevant to each stage of your business as it grows – right from the launch to an established going concern - such as national marketing campaigns, brand identity, ready made marketing material, your own web page, core product and services, customer database, legal framework etc. These ‘business support tools’ take away a large proportion of the work in which a stand-alone business has to invest.
For more detailed information about the franchising sector please download our ‘free franchise report’.
At Monkey Music we believe that it is ‘shared experience’, ‘combined knowledge’ and ‘the people involved’ who matter the most to business success.
As one of the very first pre-school businesses to franchise in the UK and as one of the first to become a member of the British Franchise Association, we have been instrumental in developing the pre-school activity market sector – and we are something of a ‘cult hit’ in many areas of the country!
We are incredibly proud of our rich heritage which has manifested itself into a huge team of people who are committed to sharing the success and joy of Monkey Music. These people are our incredible and dedicated franchise owners, over 150 specially trained Monkey Music teachers, the supremely patient and expert Head Office support team, our talented composers and song writers and our many specialist consultants who are always there to advise us on more specialist issues. We work together in order to sustain our reputation as the UK’s premium pre-school music brand.
There are many other benefits to our business model, summed up as follows:
Franchisees offer a weekly timetable of age-specific classes which are pre-booked termly. Classes operate in different venues for a minimum of 36 weeks per year. A franchise operates in an exclusive franchise territory.
Teachers offer bespoke Nursery and Pre-school sessions using the Monkey Music percussion kit, props and tailored lesson plans.
Unlike our regular classes, our holiday workshops may cater for mixed age groups of children and may be attended by children who do not come to regular classes, including older siblings and friends.
The franchise business model extends to supporting franchisees with the necessary legal documents to provide Monkey Music party entertainment at private celebrations.
Separate guidance is given in the comprehensive Monkey Music operating Manual for event bookings made by organisations, such as councils and event organisers.
A range of top quality merchandise supports the Monkey Music classes and reflects our premium brand. Franchisees sell it to their customers for an associated marketing benefit and profit.
“Simply the best class I have ever attended with my baby. Monkey Music mum”
Monkey Music is considered the ‘leading light’ in pre-school music education and franchise owners and their specially trained teachers are proud of their reputation as providing an outstanding learning experience for babies and young children.
“Thank you for making every class so much fun and so worthwhile” Monkey Music mum of 5
As a hugely popular children’s brand, we enjoy a very personal and long term relationship with our young families. Our customers grow up in tune with Monkey Music and we aim to nurture a lifetime of music in every child.
“We love everything about Monkey Music!” Monkey Music carer.
We are passionate about sharing best practice via our ongoing training and support programmes. With a wealth of specialist experience at Head Office, a dedicated team of consultants and an established franchise network, we are able to support our franchisees at every stage of their business growth.
“The support we have received from the HQ team has been invaluable to the fast growth of our bottom line” Franchisee of 4 years.
We support a number of charitable organisations; in particular our national charity partner - Nordoff Robbins who are the UK’s leading music therapy charity. During our 21st birthday year in 2014 we raised nearly £40,000 for our charities.
“Thank you Monkey Music for raising enough money for 944 music therapy sessions - we are really grateful!” Nordoff Robbins HQ.
Our comprehensive franchise package gives you the tools to offer the award winning Monkey Music experience whilst operating an efficient and profitable business.
The Monkey Music franchise fee is £12,975 plus VAT – a proven investment offering healthy returns for a low capital commitment. (There are currently scholarship opportunities in some areas – please ask us about those)
The primary source of income is from weekly classes with additional sources of income possible by offering parties, holiday workshops, event entertainment, nursery class teaching and the sale of Monkey Music merchandise.
All Monkey Music franchisees operate under a detailed Franchise Agreement and are provided with training and a comprehensive Monkey Music Operating Manual. Other key features include:
We have a dedicated franchise support department who provide ongoing training and support to enable our franchise network to flourish:
Throughout Monkey Music, you will find people who have interesting stories, both personally and professionally. Amongst our franchisees are former teachers, TV producers, child minders, West End stars, chartered accountants, marketing managers, events managers, opera singers, actors, retailers, fashion buyers … who are you, and where do you fit in?
Please note that full Monkey Music teacher training and business training is given initially and you will be mentored and supported on an ongoing basis.
And one more thing – it is NOT a requirement that you can play the piano or the guitar.
Musician, teacher and originator of Monkey Music curricula
Qualified and experienced business professional with wide experience in franchising
Long standing Monkey Music employee with niche expertise on supply and demand
Wealth of experience in advertising, marketing and PR in franchising and business
Experienced team leader and former highly successful Monkey Music franchisee
Experienced solicitor specialising in the franchise sector, advising on the legal & commercial aspects of best practice
Our consultants support our franchise network and include a legal team, health and safety experts, teacher training consultants, child protection team, PR and marketing consultants, Little Monkey Club partners, IT specialists and composers and musicians.
"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."
"I believe in the benefit of the classes."
"The Monkey Music brand never stays still ..."
Spoke to nursery head at drop-off and she invited me to run a promo session at their summer fair. She might be interested in regular weekly sessions in September, so sent her my marketing pack. A Skype meeting with HQ franchise support has made me very excited about my expansion plans for the coming year. Alfie's new swim school has
a ‘dry’ area so I can work on my laptop whilst he is swimming – marvellous!
Great morning of classes – one of my Heigh-Ho toddlers took his first steps as he tried to steal Monkey from behind me! Got some great photos at sports day – Alfie won the egg and spoon race and he was thrilled. Paul did ‘bedtime’
Now that you have a clearer picture of what is involved in becoming a Monkey Music Franchisee the burning question is probably …
‘But can I make money from running a Monkey Music franchise business?’
The answer is a resounding ‘yes’!
We have around 50 franchises operating in the UK and have regular enquiries from both the UK and overseas. A number of our very first franchisees have recently renewed for a fourth contract period which is an indication of the satisfaction that our franchisees acheive from being part of Monkey Music.
In the last reported accounts, 98% of Monkey Music franchises that had been operating for 2 years or more reported a profit. Of those who had been operating for only one full year, 40% were already reporting a profit.
28% of franchisees operating for 2 years or more reported sales of over £100,000.
Profits of up to 53% of turnover were reported for tax purposes in the latest filed franchisee accounts.
We continue to grow organically with an increase of 13% in average franchisee turnover reported for this last financial year. We’ve already mentioned that average franchisee turnover has increased by 50% over the last 5 years and we see no reason for this trajectory not to continue.
This growth doesn’t occur without investment and innovation and the last five years has seen heavy investment by head office in:
Over the last 5 years the average Monkey Music franchisee turnover (sales income) has increased by 50% whilst the overall economy has shrunk by 2.5% in this period*. This figure also compares very favourably to national British franchising statistics of just 9% growth* in average UK franchise turnover (*latest NatWest bfa Franchise Survey)
The recent winners of the Monkey Music Franchisee of the Year Awards continue to break records, with a turnover of over £200,000.
A profitable Monkey Music franchise can be sold as an ongoing concern with the potential for significant gain - franchisees historically achieving up to £72,000 in sale proceeds.
Year-on-year the number of children who attend our weekly classes grows, and is fast approaching 20,000 per year.
Monkey Music has been a FULL member of the bfa since 2004 and the Monkey Music directors have been keynote speakers at bfa events.
You simply click here to send us your initial enquiry. We will then get in touch with you.
You will receive a phone call and then may be invited to complete an official application form and return it to us. The next stage after that may be an invitation to come to Monkey Music Head Office for a preliminary, fairly informal meeting with Angie Coates, CEO and founder of Monkey Music.
The franchise fee that you pay to Monkey Music Ltd is £12,975 + VAT. We do have scholarships available in some circumstances. You will also need to consider your local working capital requirements for marketing, computer equipment, stock etc. to see you through the initial months before an income is generated. We can offer further guidance on this when you come to meet us.
Monkey Music Ltd do not offer finance packages but we can put you in touch with the franchising department of our bank who understand the Monkey Music business model. Previous applicants have been successful in securing a personal loan this way. Additionally your own bank may have a franchise department, and you will find that the business plan template that you prepare during the franchise application process is helpful to support your loan application. Additionally Monkey Music HQ can supply you with detailed cashflow projection guidelines.
The initial franchise agreement is for 5 years. This is renewable for a nominal sum at the option of the Franchisee (i.e. yourself) providing that certain criteria have been met. These criteria are detailed in the contract, a draft of which will be given to you during the application process.
As many as you like!
You do not need any form of formal musical education, although you will need to demonstrate an interest in music, and in particular an interest in the educational and developmental benefits of including music provision in a child’s early life. If you wish to teach in your franchise, then you will need to have a tuneful voice that projects well, but no formal musical qualifications are necessary.
It is possible to run a Monkey Music business as a joint franchisee with a partner. We currently have, and have in the past, a variety of partnership agreements varying from husband and wife joint franchisees, one spouse franchisee with the other spouse being employed as a teacher or office manager, non-marital joint franchisees where either both teach or only one teaches, and of course many sole franchisees too.
Regular weekly classes run for a minimum of 36 weeks per year, but many franchisees operate longer terms. Most franchisees also run workshops in the school holidays but there is no contractual commitment to do so.
Yes - holiday workshops, nurseries, parties, ‘one-off’ events and merchandise sales all generate additional profit and your franchise fee gives you the rights to operate all of these opportunities from launch date.
Monkey Music franchisees come with a variety of prior experience, and just as a formal musical education is not necessary, neither is a track record in business. Many people come to franchising exactly because they have no prior business experience and are looking to ‘partner’ with a team who do have a track record in business success. Full training and support is given on the Monkey Music business model, and you will just need to demonstrate how you will manage the more ‘local’ and ‘general’ business issues that you may face, such as local IT and accounting – this may be by acknowledging the need to pay a local ‘expert’ to assist with these functions.
Full guidance on this is detailed in the operating manual, and you will receive training and guidance at the appropriate time. However, briefly, it is a franchise’s local responsibility to advertise for and interview potential teachers, and then to train the candidate locally ahead of them attending a training and assessment day run by an HQ teacher trainer.
Successful candidates will meet the Marketing Manager at Monkey Music who will explain what advertising and marketing material is available etc. All franchisees have their own personalised dedicated webpage, and will often also operate a local Monkey Music Facebook site. Flyers, posters and adverts are tailored to each franchise territory, and full guidance is offered on how to launch the brand if you are buying a new territory.
Yes we very much operate an ‘open door’ policy with regards to you speaking to other franchisees. However, due to their busy schedules, please contact us first so that we can make an introduction in the first instance. As part of our commitment to ensuring that a potential franchisee has a well rounded training experience, we require all candidates to go along to at least 3 franchisees to observe their classes before training. We further advise that you observe as many different Monkey Music teaching franchisees and teachers as are practicably possible, prior to signing your contract.
From time to time existing businessess come up for sale - do contact us to find out if we have any for sale at the moment. Also if it looks like there is already a Monkey Music franchise in your area do still contact us as the current franchisee may have plans to sell.
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