Stagecoach Performing Arts celebrated in esteemed league table

Stagecoach Performing Arts is celebrating after being named the UK’s top childrens performing arts franchise opportunity. From hundreds of entries across every sector, Stageocach has been ranked 18th overall in the prestigious Elite Franchise Top 100 (EF100) – a title it will hold for the duration of 2022.

The EF100, established in 2017 in association with HSBC, is the franchising list to watch. It recognises the sector’s brightest businesses and ranks them according to a broad range of criteria; from their financial performance and heritage, to their contribution to the community and the way they embrace innovation.

The franchise industry contributes over £17billion to the UK economy and more than 700,000 people are employed in franchising across the country. Despite a difficult economic climate, the last 18 months has seen franchise brands like Stagecoach survive and thrive thanks to their robust infrastructures and proven business models.

“We feel that Stagecoach has well and truly earned their place in the Elite Franchise Top 100 list,” said Scott English, Brand Director of Elite Franchise. “This definitive league table of the Top 100 Franchisors shows just what Britain has to offer. Each year, the ranking becomes more competitive and this year has been no exception for our panel of industry-leading judges.

“At EF100 we take into account entrants’ sales and growth figures as well as the frameworks in place for the training, development and support of their franchisee network. This year, brands were also judged on any measures they initiated to survive the challenges of the pandemic, along with long-term planning they employed to experience prosperity and growth post-pandemic. Achieving this position is a testament to all that Stagecoach has achieved – they have consistently demonstrated a gold-standard level of franchising.”

Andy Knights, CEO of Stagecoach, was elated to hear news of the brands placement as the third highest new entry.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised as part of this esteemed list. The last 18 months has certinaly been challenging for our support team and for our global network of franchisees but I’ve been so proud to have witnessed the tenacity and dedication of everyone at Stagecoach. After more than 30 years in the franchising industry, it’s encouraging to know that we are still regarded as the number one childrens performing arts opportuinity. We would like to thank our network of passionate franchisees, without whom this wouldn’t have been possible.”

The team at Stagecoach is proud to not only provide an exemplary service for its students but now be named as an award-winning business opportunity for ambitious entrepreneurs too.

For more information about Stagecoach Performing Arts and how you can become part of its award-winning franchise network, visit

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Image: A hi-res photo of Stagecoach Performing Arts franchisees.

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About Stagecoach Performing Arts

About Stagecoach Performing Arts: Over the years we have seen more than one million students unlock their potential, which is something they will value for their whole life. At Stagecoach we teach our students so much more than how to sing, dance and act. We help them blossom into well-rounded individuals, ready to embrace life and all its opportunities. With nearly 30 years’ experience in teaching the performing arts, we understand how to get the best out of our young performers. We delight in seeing our students have fun, make friends, learn new skills and discover hidden talents. We encourage them to take ‘safe risks’ through rehearsals and performance, which brings out a willingness to take on new challenges. None of us know what the future holds, which is why it’s so important for today’s children to be resilient, brave and self-assured. Furthermore you can rest assured that your child is in safe hands as we adhere to the strictest child safety policies. About joining Stagecoach as a franchisee: With our 30th birthday in 2018, the Stagecoach model has been proven and refined to become one of the UK’s leading performing arts opportunities. Franchisees build a team of equally passionate and enthusiastic teachers, qualified to bring out the very best in their students. Stagecoach schools provide a thriving, nurturing and supportive environment for creative learning. That’s just one of the reasons why 40,000 children every week flock to classes nationwide. Today, a network of more than 300 franchisees operate over 680 schools offering 1,780 classes in eight countries. Through an exciting and varied framework of teaching and development, franchisees have helped to unlock the potential of more than one million students since it opened in 1988.

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