Five new business partners joined the Lingotot franchise during April after completing their week-long training camp in the north-east. Lingotot, whose headquarters are in the Durham town of Consett, teaches foreign languages to children via their network of over 130 qualified franchisees and teachers.
Joining the business are Eimear, who will run the North Leeds branch of Lingotot, along with Leanne (South Huddersfield), Helen (Redcar), Julie (South Devon) and Lizzie (Sevenoaks).
All five travelled to the company’s headquarters to undergo their initial round of training. They learned about business planning, cash-flow forecasting, marketing, sales and much, much more.
According to Lingotot’s founder Angela Sterling: “It was a fantastic opportunity to meet and greet our new franchisees, and prepare them for their new adventure. We had a fantastic week of training and they are all wonderful people with a real passion for what we do.”
Lingotot began life as a temporary, locally-based business in north-east England and has now expanded across the UK and Ireland. Among the languages taught are French, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Welsh and Mandarin, as well as English as a second language.
The Lingotot method of learning was devised by Angela who is a fully qualified teacher of languages. Learning makes use of active, communicative and interactive teaching methods which come naturally to young children. And the youngsters, aged up to 12, learn through a variety of different formats, such as song, story-telling, games, drama and play.
Lingotot became a franchised business in 2010 and is a member of the British Franchise Association. More than 25,000 children benefit from their services every week.