Charlotte Carr has run her Kiddy Cook franchise in Leighton Buzzard since 2009.
"I started my franchise in 2009, after being out of business life for over a year, having my son. I was really excited to be setting up a new business, but also absolutely terrified to not only be going back to work, but also because I was doing it on my own, with the success or failure of it being solely down to me.
I needn’t have worried, however, as the support I got from Nikki Geddes, the franchise owner, was completely invaluable. She was there with help, advice and support, whenever I needed it, from the initial training and resources to all the questions I asked on a very regular basis. When I started out, I thought Cookie Tots would be really popular.
However, it became apparent reasonably early on that Kiddy Cook and schools were the more popular sessions, and also provided the better margins. So I changed my strategy and now, nearly five years on, I only concentrate on Kiddy Cook.
I run after school sessions, holiday clubs, parties and ad hoc school sessions. I absolutely love it and I am working the hours I want to, and am realising the profit targets I set myself. There are still a lot of opportunities for me to explore as and when I decide to do so.
As with any business, you need to work hard, seek out new business constantly, be creative and come up with new ideas and be willing to be flexible. However, in my experience, the rewards are there if you look for them."
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I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about making a success of their own business but is in need of a helping hand to get going.Charlotte Carr, Kiddy Cook Leighton Buzzard
I am very happy that I took on a Kiddy Cook franchise - it fits in with my family and work balance lifestyle.Kate Faulkner, Kiddy Cook North Staffordshire
At the end of my first financial year I turned over £16,000. At the end of my fourth financial year (April 2014) I turned over approximately £50,000, which I am thrilled with.Frances Webster, Kiddy Cook Norwich
Successful business model with the potential to build a financially rewarding business from varied income streams
We are the only cooking franchise to offer an evidence based programme of school cookery workshops
We are a structured franchise with the flexibility for franchisees to develop their business in a way that works for them