Former police constable Gillian Glass runs Jo Jingles in Glasgow and is now feeling the beat rather than being on it.
Former police constable and ex-accountant Gillian Glass, is now feeling the beat rather than being on it, having transformed her skills from restoring law and order in the local community to bringing music and song to the lives of young children in the southern Glasgow region.
Gillian took the decision to have a career-break when she became a mum to her daughter back in 2001. "I wanted to be a full-time mum at that point and raise my daughter and two sons". Gillian had always wanted to work with children, and in 2011 with her youngest child in preschool, she needed something flexible that would fit around her family’s needs.
Having been a big advocate of Jo Jingles over the years (with all three of her children attending regular classes), when the opportunity to buy a franchise cropped up at the right time in her life, it was a no-brainer for Gillian so she set up her business in October 2011. "It’s a joy to see the children each week and watch their enjoyment and progression, plus the interactive rapport I have with the children and their parents and carers is wonderful."
Gillian has always loved music and has played the piano from an early age "Quite simply, I think music makes people happy."
Setting up her own Jo Jingles franchise has meant that the spirit of Jo Jingles has been brought back into her own home, "My children each have their own Jo dolls and they always loved their weekly classes, plus they are at a great stage and continue to enjoy listening to the songs and helping me with new ideas and themes!"
Gillian has some great plans for her franchise in the future "I have limited time off but have recently taken on a new class teacher and have already passed on one of my own classes to her. It’s difficult when you get attached to the wee ones though, but it was the right thing to do in terms of progression."
With this extra resource Gillian has freed up more of her own time to expand and grow her business further. She plans to add more classes to her roster in the near future and hopes to secure more regular classes at local nurseries for her new class teacher.
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I am proud of owning a business that Mums want to be involved in…….Running my own business is challenging, I have to be dedicated and passionate but also it gives me choices, I can decide if I want to take on extra work, I can plan my classes to fit in with my day and my admin can be done at my convenience. The only targets I would have to meet would be ones set by myself, although you do have to fit in with the class schedules and reports for Head Office.Liz Wilson, Poole