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Lingotot Case Study
Join the Lingotot family and discover a wonderful work-life balance that will fit around YOU and your family life. A rewarding and fun career that gives you the potential to earn a great income. Lingotot are the only franchisor in the UK to offer a fully NCFE accredited Level 3 Business Award in Franchising.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusAssociate
  • UK Years Established10 years
  • Current UK Coverage60%
  • Franchisee Support Staff7
  • Total Startup Cost£8,200 approx
  • Territory-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
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Sarah Lester has been running her business Lingotot Sutton since 2016

Sarah Lester has been running her business Lingotot Sutton since 2016. Lingotot Sutton offers a range of classes to children aged 0-11 in French and German across the Sutton and Cheam area.

Lingotot Sutton has consistently grown since its foundation with Sarah’s incredible driving force behind it. Read on and get to know a little bit more about the face behind the business! 

Hi Sarah! Tell us a bit more about yourself and your background.

I started Lingotot after having been a secondary MFL teacher in a grammar school for 10 years. (some of that time was also spent as Head Of Languages there). I studied French and German at university and taught EFL in France for a year so I always knew that languages were a huge part of who I am.

How did you come across Lingotot (and what appealed)

My friend mentioned Lingotot to me and I started doing some research about it. It appealed to me because I wanted a career which could fit around my two children and I didn't want the endless hours planning and marking.  When I launched my business, Thomas was 3 and Evie was just 9 months old!

When did you launch your business?

I launched my business in May 2016

What has happened since?

Since then, my business has grown steadily. I teach community classes, nursery classes, lots of after school clubs and now work with three primary schools. I have found a real love of marketing and was very proud to win 'Master of Marketing' at our last Lingotot conference.

I entered two local business awards in 2019 (Sutton Business Awards and Sutton Women Mean Business) and I was very proud to get 'highly commended' for marketing at both awards. I recently re-signed with Lingotot after 5 successful years.  I am currently in the process of taking on two new members of staff which is scary but exciting and a necessary step for me.

When I first set up my business I created a vision board of all the things I was working towards. One of them was to be successful enough to build a garden office at home. Our garden office was completed last week and it is so lovely to have a designated space where I can really concentrate! I love my new ‘Lingotot Sutton HQ!

How is your work life balance now?

Much better although I spend a lot of time working on my social media! I love that I get to take my children to school every day and that I am not spending all of my evenings marking!  I work really hard and rarely take a day off but it is my business and I am pleased to be seeing the result of all my hard work.

What do you enjoy about running a Lingotot franchise?

I love that I get to teach languages (which I love) but that I am my own boss and I get to also be around for Thomas and Evie lots. I also love how much I have grown as a businesswoman, I am very proud of that!

Catherine recently founded Lingotot West Oxford.Catherine recently founded Lingotot West Oxford.

During the Covid-19, Lingotot franchisee Catherine re-evaluated her career and went back to her passion for language learning.

What is it like starting a new business in lockdown?What is it like starting a new business in lockdown?

Amy Rowsell founded Lingotot South Staffordshire in March of 2020, just as schools across the country closed for the first time.

Look out Belfast, Lingotot has arrived!Look out Belfast, Lingotot has arrived!

With a background in Graphic Design, IT Customer Service, Disney-land Ticketing and more, Grazia explains that she ‘always felt something missing.

Franchisee Layla Riches managed to launch her Lingotot business in the 2nd month of lockdown.Franchisee Layla Riches managed to launch her Lingotot business in the 2nd month of lockdown.

Due to lockdown Lingotot managed to move their teaching classes online allowing franchisee Layla Riches to launch her Lingotot business!

Violin teacher to Lingotot FranchiseeViolin teacher to Lingotot Franchisee

Lingotot franchisee Deborah Gatland has been a peripatetic violin teacher for nearly 20 years and was looking for a change in direction.

What Our Franchisees Say

I have been a franchisee of Lingotot for since 2012. My business has gone from strength to strength and we now teach in lots of schools and nurseries as well as running community classes. I have 4 tutors who work for me who also love their jobs. If you are thinking of a language teaching franchise you can’t go wrong by choosing Lingotot.Abigail Curtis

I have been a Lingotot Franchisee for 6 years and it has been the best decision of my life! Work-life balance now restored, ultimate job satisfaction andcontinuing to grow! Love it!”Michelle Marsland

I love being part of the Lingotot family. I started as a tutor then I couldn’t help myself but to buy not 1 but 2 territories to form Lingotot Bexley. I love my job as a Lingotot franchisee as I can make my own destiny, choose my hours, choose schools and nurseries and areas I want to target and take real ownership of my career.Sarah Canavan

Why Choose Us

Lingotot are the only franchisor in the UK to offer a fully NCFE accredited Level 3 Business Award in Franchising.

Would you like to teach with fully accredited training provided? – As well as offering franchisees a fully NCFE accredited Level 3 Business Award in Franchising, we also offer them


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