Turtle Tots Named Franchisor of the Year 2019

07 October 2019

We are delighted to confirm that we’ve been named Franchisor of the Year at the 2019 Approved Franchise Association (AFA) awards. The awards recognise and reward the valuable contributions franchisors and suppliers make to the UK franchising community.


On receiving the coveted award, our co-founder’ Caroline Sparkes, said: “We are extremely proud to have won this award and to be honoured by the AFA for our contribution to the franchising world.”  


“This award is testament to all the hard work from so many people both at Head Office and across Turtle Tots, who are committed to making sure we provide the highest levels of service and support to our licensees and customers.  For everyone involved it’s a privilege to win AFA’s top award and be recognised in this way,” confirmed Caroline.


At the AFA’s inaugural awards evening, which took place on 19th September in Milton Keynes, Turtle Tots West Yorkshire licensee’ Zoe Saccoccio was also a finalist and won silver in the Franchisee of the Year category. Zoe who has been a Turtle Tots licensee for the last five years, also took the plunge earlier this year and became the first licensee to build her own swimming pool in Leeds.


Turtle Tots Ltd was set up by Caroline and Gaby Lixton, who first started licensing their unique baby and toddler swimming programme in 2011. Since then they have helped more than 50 licensees around the UK and internationally create successful swim businesses; family-friendly businesses that all benefit from having Turtle Tots’ award-winning baby and toddler swimming brand behind them.  Together they teach more than 13,000 babies and toddlers every week.


Caroline added: “We are extremely passionate about our brand and helping people turn their dreams of running their own swimming business into a reality. Our family of licensees serve as an inspiration for people who are maybe looking for a career change, or are already a swimming teacher and want the opportunity to run their own swim school with the security of Turtle Tots supporting them, or are a parent with growing children and want a new and rewarding challenge. With our support and experience, we help licensees create a business with that is both family-friendly and rewarding for the owner and one that offers unrivalled support and flexibility.”  


If you’d like to join our award-winning team and find out more about owning a Turtle Tots business, please visit https://turtletotslicensing.com/ or contact us on jointheteam@turtletots.com or (01275) 462 022.  


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