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Kiddy Cook Case Study
Emma Lawn Runs Her Kiddy Cook Business in Harrogate and tells us what it is really like being a franchisee.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership Status-
  • UK Years Established8 years
  • Current UK Coverage5%
  • Franchisee Support Staff1
  • Personal Investment Req.£1,000
  • Total Startup Cost£5,950
  • Territory-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee employs staffYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
  • Part of a collaborative networkYes
Next Steps

Emma Lawn Runs Her Kiddy Cook Business in Harrogate

Emma Lawn completed her franchisee training and started her business in Harrogate. We asked her to tell us about her journey so far.

Kiddy Cook - Emma LawnHow did you first discover Kiddy Cook?

I attended a food festival in Harewood and walked into the children's cookery tent where Kiddy Cook were delivering workshops. The two ladies were extremely friendly and the idea of working with kids outside of a classroom really appealed to me. I contacted the franchise last October after a lousy day doing supply teaching and the rest is history!

Had you considered running a franchise before?

No. I was not clued up in business. I did try to set up by own textiles business but I found myself more focused on the product than the marketing/selling myself and it flopped very quickly. I'm also a people person so I like to feel support around me which was another reason why I liked the idea of a franchise - always knowing that there is someone who has done it before that you could ask for help /guidance from.

What sort of training have you had?

I'm a qualified secondary school teacher but to be honest, primary kids are a different kettle of fish so Nikki was great, covering and then revisiting any areas I felt unsure of until I felt ready to start.

What support have you been offered?

Amazing support! I feel like I have had my own personal 1 to 1 mentor. I couldn't have done this by myself. Even though I still work part time in a secondary school, I couldn't/wouldn't have ever got as far as I have done without the continual support that I have received. Nikki goes over and out of her way to make sure she is supporting everyone. Even my mum has taken her words back and said I made the right choice!

How are you feeling about your new venture now that you've working for a couple of months?

Wow! It started quickly then dipped, and in the last month it's rocketed. I still haven't got the schools on board like the other franchisees but I love it. I'm glad I decided to do it and I'm eager to do more. I didn't think I would take on any class leaders for a few years but I've been going since the end of Jan and I'm ready for extra help!

Anything else?

DO IT, TAKE THE JUMP, ITS GREAT, very satisfying and actually fun!

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What Our Franchisees Say

I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about making a success of their own business but is in need of a helping hand to get going.Charlotte Carr, Kiddy Cook Leighton Buzzard


At the end of my first financial year I turned over £16,000. At the end of my fourth financial year (April 2014) I turned over approximately £50,000, which I am thrilled with.Frances Webster, Kiddy Cook Norwich


DO IT, TAKE THE JUMP, ITS GREAT, very satisfying and actually fun!Emma Lawn, Kiddy Cook Harrogate


Why Choose Us

A structured franchise with the flexibility for franchisees to develop their business in a way that works for them

The only cooking franchise to offer an evidence based programme of school cookery workshops

Successful business model with the potential to build a financially rewarding business from varied income streams

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