Sparks Film School Franchise Opportunities

Join the Sparks Family of Franchisees – Grow Your Own Successful Film School Business 

Sparks Film and Media Arts

Do you want to share your passion for film with the next generation?

Are you looking for a rewarding new career path, either part-time or full-time?

Sparks offer unique opportunities for children to fall in love in filmmaking. We help them to grow in confidence and creativity. Children taking part in Sparks filmmaking classes and camps develop a range of valuable skills. They learn all about filmmaking and media production, as well as lifelong skills including teamwork, leadership and communication. 

Over the last few years, demand for our classes has soared. We opened our first school in 2010 and quickly grew to several company-owned franchises. We’re now we’re supporting a family of independent franchisees to grow their own film schools in their local communities and aim to reach children all over the UK. 

As a growing network, we’re looking to welcome new franchisees to our creative family of educators and open up their own film schools in their local area. We’re currently recruiting new franchisees to launch in 2021, with training and setup to take place through the spring. 

The role of a Sparks franchisee is both fun and rewarding. You can start your own business. You’ll make a difference in children’s lives and the opportunity can even help you to achieve a better work-life balance. 

Sparks Film School Franchises

As a Sparks franchisee, you’ll… 

  Help children to grow their talents, skills and confidence. You’ll help them to fall in love with filmmaking

  Make the most of your own creativity and skills

  Build a profitable, local business and a valuable nest-egg for the future

  Join a family of supportive, creative educators who’ll support you throughout your journey

  Work flexible hours, designed to suit you and your family

  Be your own boss, in charge of your own progress

  Minimise the risks of starting a business with our proven business model, class content and resources

  Accelerate your business growth with our proven resources

  Benefit from in-depth training and ongoing support from our head office team

We’ll support you every step of the way, with detailed training for you to deliver filmmaking classes with confidence.

We’ll teach you all you need to know about building a successful business, even in the times of Covid-19. We provide detailed training on how to deliver our unique programmes, as well as marketing, finance and legal compliance, as well as all the bits in between.

We’ll celebrate all your wins with you. We’ll provide ongoing support and guidance to help you navigate your way to success. 

Sparks Filmmaking for Kids

What’s Involved?

As a franchisee, you’ll grow your own film school in your local community.

You’ll deliver the unique Sparks programme of filmmaking classes and camps, which help children and teenagers to grow their imaginations, develop their creativity, confidence and skills. We provide you with everything you need to run engaging, enriching film classes for children and young people. 

You’ll programme classes based around your availability. The time commitment is based on a minimum of 2 days per week, to fit around your family life and your other commitments.

You’ll welcome local children and teenagers to take part and build your class membership, offering weekly classes for ages 5-18 and holiday camps during the summer and over half terms. 

We’ll provide you with our business model, refined over 10 years, along with extensive training and support. In addition to our training package, you’ll also benefit from proven marketing materials, business systems, a ready-to-go website and online booking system, which will help you to accelerate business growth and enable you to focus on the important things.  

“When we started Sparks, we had no idea how big it would grow – or how quickly.

We knew that we had some great ideas and a mission to create incredible learning experiences for young filmmakers. Over the last 10 years, we’ve developed these into a robust and reliable business system. We’ve built up a brand and a reputation that has led to a highly engaged customer base and we’ve helped more than 5,000 young filmmakers to develop their skills, imagination and confidence. Thankfully, these systems have allowed us to sustain through the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to provide opportunities to our customer base of loyal families. Now, we’re looking forward to the future. 

Right from the start, it’s been a real adventure. We’ve experienced job satisfaction we never dreamed of, we’ve developed our skills and highly value the freedom to work flexibly around our families.

Our growing network of film school franchises means we’re fast on track to become the UK’s leading name in film and media activities for children, so now is a great time to get involved. 

We’ve long wanted to extend our opportunities to children all over. The franchise programme means we can support passionate people to build their own film schools in their local communities and inspire children from all over the UK. If this sounds like it could help you achieve your goals, then we’d love to hear from you. 

We’re currently accepting applications to launch in 2021, so please do get in touch. We have an amazing family of franchisees, ready to welcome newcomers. We’d love to celebrate the launch of your very own Sparks film school with you.”

Dan & Donna, Founders & Managing Directors 

Having worked in franchising and in particular with leading children’s activities and education brands for the past 15 years, the Sparks franchise opportunity really stands out. In part due to the length of time they’ve spent perfecting their unique business and the creative programmes for students, but also in relation to the diligence and time taken to create a strong and robust franchise model fit for any market and territory.

 

They’ve invested heavily in developing their systems and processes, testing both the viability and sustainability of their model, using both their extensive experience and industry experts to build foundations fit for growth and success. This is very reassuring for anyone launching their own franchise.

 
For any franchisee, their individual success will rely heavily on their own hard work and effort, but certainly under the stewardship of Donna and Dan I anticipate the Sparks brand and franchise network to become a dominant market player in the children’s activity sector for years to come.
Andy Georgiou

Franchise Consultant and Children's Activity and Education Specialist, https://andygeorgiou.com/

Film Classes for Kids

What’s Included?

Each franchise package includes… 

 

  • An exclusive territory (geographical area) to work in, which is tested by us for business viability. This is based on a population of 150,000+ people and the franchise agreement offers you exclusivity, so nobody else can set up a Sparks film school in your area 
  • 100s of class plans and workshop resources, all developed using the popular Sparks approach and educational methodology
  • Rights to trade using the trademarked Sparks branding, logos and website. You’ll benefit from our track record and reputation, which will help to accelerate growth 
  • Our proven business model, designed so that your business can flourish, even in the event of local lockdowns 
  • Our Franchisee Training Programme: a comprehensive training course covering all aspects of running a Sparks franchise. Includes teaching classes and creative skills, as well as the business model, marketing, finance, management, systems, record-keeping, compliance. You also gain ongoing support and further training 
  • Startup equipment: cameras, tripods and everything else you need to get going 
  • Your own area on our centralised website, with easy-to-use online booking system and established web history/SEO 
  • Startup marketing materials: a package of printed and digital resources, including leaflets, posters, graphics and a starter advertising campaign 
  • Network-based marketing support, including online advertising and national promotions 
  • Business softwares and management tools, including a CRM system 
  • Access to dedicated ongoing support and training, as well as a supportive network of peer-to-peer franchisees
  • Access to trade discounts, e.g. insurance, accountancy, marketing deals, etc. 

Investment & Returns

 

Initial Investment:

From £7,500.00 per territory

Payment options are available  

Startup Capital:

Approx £2,500.00   

Total Investment: 

£10,000.00

Each franchise has the potential to generate net profits of approx £30,000-£50,000+ per year (based on a part time commitment of around 16-24 working hours per week). 

The more classes you run, the greater the potential to scale your business.

With more time available, you can accelerate growth and increase your profits.

Full time earnings can scale to £50,000 – £100,000 per territory per year. 

As you grow your business, you’ll also build up a valuable asset for the future.

Established franchises can be worth £150,000+, which you can realise if choosing to sell your franchise in the future.

Timeline:

We’re now accepting applications to launch classes (face-to-face and/or online) in early 2021.

This will include training and business setup in November – January. 

If you’re interested to launch next year, please get in touch with us before 31 October 2020.

To Learn More… 

If you’d like to know more about what’s involved in becoming a Sparks franchisee, then get in touch with us below to request a Prospectus.

Please tell us in as much detail why you are interested in a Sparks franchise, outlining your skills and previous experience, as this will be considered as part of the application process. 

 

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