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“I started like you, with a passion for performing arts, a belief in the benefits and a desire to pass it on to as many young people as possible. I love seeing that once shy child progress in confidence and take on a big role in the end of term performance. Nobody believes me now, but I was once that shy child, hanging on to my mother’s legs! I believe my love of performing arts and the training that followed contributed to who I am today and my business success.”  

Nicola Lander, Founder

At Jigsaw, we really believe in the benefits of what we provide to young people. There is nothing we love more than hearing from past students and seeing how their performing arts skills have helped prepare them for life’s challenges whether they work in the industry or elsewhere. In fact, some students have remained in the Jigsaw family and become assistants, teachers, managers and now franchisees. That is the ultimate goal and is what contributes to creating ‘A Place to Belong’ with our students and franchisees.


What is Jigsaw?

Our model is beautifully designed, and allows creative professionals like you the opportunity to run a business for yourself without the fear of setting off on the journey alone.

As a Jigsaw franchisee, you will run performing arts classes for students aged 3 – 18 years at the weekend. Each school is a morning or afternoon session on Saturday or Sunday. Our 3-4 years and 5-6 years students attend a 90-minute session with a specialist performing arts teacher. Our 7 – 18 years are divided into three age groups and attend for 3 hours, enjoying an hour of each, dance, drama and singing with three professional teachers.

As the business owner, you would oversee the successful running of your school every weekend, delivering first class customer service ensuring every one of your students has a fantastic experience. The administration would be carried out during the week at times suitable to you.

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Why franchise?

Jigsaw has been running since 1995 so we have years of experience in all aspects of the business. We know all the small details and challenges of running a performing arts school. It is rare to find a situation that we haven’t dealt with before.


There are many benefits to running a franchise:

· Recognisable brand

· Tried and tested systems

· Business growth is faster

· Be part of a network

· Professional guidance and support

· Funding and government start up loans available

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Why Jigsaw?

Jigsaw is not the UK’s biggest performing arts school network, but we have a proven track record and have crucially kept the family feel which makes us so special.

What’s more we have invested in what we think makes the business the most attractive opportunity. Our bespoke online booking and management system, is leading in this industry. It makes the day to day running of your business easy and you can stay on top of your administrative tasks, anytime and anywhere giving you great flexibility to fit your business with your lifestyle.

All franchises promise great support. But at Jigsaw, our Founder and Company Director still takes a hands-on approach to training and nurturing our new franchisees. Nicola has lived and breathed this company and what makes it work so she will stand alongside you in the first year of your business to make sure you succeed.

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Who is a Jigsaw franchisee?

You may already work in the performing arts or have more of a business background with a passion for theatre and performance. We welcome applications from both. The only requirements are a passion to work with young people and make a difference, a desire to succeed and a hard working attitude. We know this is a winning combination.

Learn more from our franchisees here

It is lots of hard work in the beginning and takes up a lot of your brain but the long term benefits are fantastic. A part time business that can provide you with a full time wage that fits around you and your other life commitments. For an initial licence fee of £8995 + VAT, a full capacity school (118 students) can make a profit of £30K per annum.

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New territories available across the UK, please enquire.

Resale locations available: Jigsaw St.Albans

To find out more about becoming a Jigsaw Franchisee, enter your details below:

    Your details will never be shared with any 3rd parties.

    If you have any further questions you can email franchise@jigsaw-arts.co.uk or call 020 8108 0485.

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    Our Jigsaw founder, Nicola Lander, shares her story:   I started like you, with a passion for performing arts, a belief in the benefits and a desire to pass it on to as many young people as possible. I love seeing that once shy child progress in confidence and take on a big role in […]
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