Drama Activities Franchise Encourages New Mums To Take Charge Of Their Career

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Debutots, a drama activities franchise encourages new mums to open a franchise and take control of their career.

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Campaign groups say that the £1200 case fee puts new mothers off standing up for their rights.

The British Franchise Association (BFA) is encouraged as more women now own and operate their business through franchising. According to the BFA, 34% of all new franchise owners are women.

Legal firm Slater and Gordon reports that a third of almost 2000 women admitted they found it impossible to climb the career ladder, particularly after pregnancy. More new mums are making the decision to open a franchise where they can juggle home life and their career.

Debutots is a drama activities and storytelling company for babies, toddlers and school children. Based in Bristol, Debutots was founded by mothers Charlotte Collins and Karen Wallace-Jones in 2003.

Collins, says: “Since its inception both Karen and I have become mothers, and I'm is expecting my second child as I write! Karen and I understand just how important it is to be able to work flexibly as a parent. Of course childcare has played its part in taking Debutots to a national level via a franchise network. Working flexibly around family routines and schedules means we have not felt the pressure many working mums feel when they're missing out on being with their children. We have also been lucky to escape being discriminated against in the workplace.”

An analysis from the House of Commons library suggests that up to 340,000 women find it difficult to return to work after maternity leave and 14% of mothers find that their position is no longer available to them. Campaign groups say that the £1200 case fee puts new mothers off standing up for their rights.

Sharon Redden, Debutots Franchisee from Northern Ireland, says: “I had a full time job as an Essential Skills Co-ordinator and tutor. My son was growing up fast and I really felt that I was missing out not being able to spend as much time with him as I wished. My sister was working as a Debutots Practitioner in London and she encouraged me to operate a franchise in Northern Ireland. Becoming a Debutots Franchisee has allowed me to build a successful business around my family commitments. I have been a Debutots franchisee since January 2006 and as my son gets older, I am able to commit more free time to expand my franchise.”

A poll conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the International Franchise Association found that drama activity is one of the most popular franchise. This is a natural step for new mums who have a passion for working with children and still want to pursue a career. Some of the other popular franchises for women include cleaning services, health and beauty and property management.

  • About Debutots -

Debutots are a Bristol based company specialising in drama activities and storytelling for babies, toddlers and school children. Established in 2003, Debutots is a successful children's franchise that provides flexible working opportunities. They explore stories vocally and physically, helping to facilitate a child's literacy and communication development.

For more information contact Debutots on enquiries(at)debutots(dot)co(dot)uk and call on 0845 5194941.

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