Kids, clay and a creative education

Children's activity and education franchise, JumpingClay, is enjoying a period of rapid expansion. Eager investors, who have spotted the franchise's money-making potential, have bought all but one of the territories that are available within Ireland.

Currently, only the Derry/Londonderry territory of the popular franchise is available to potential investors. However plans to spread southwards have already begun, with the first franchise having been acquired in Co. Galway.

Brothers Nick and Rupert Turkington, who started the company in late 2009, can not believe the success: "When we opened the first academy in Belfast, we didn't think or plan to acquire any others for a few years. The current franchisees in the North simply walked through the door and next thing we knew, there were six of us."

With the academy in Galway set to open within the next six months, the company is expecting similar expansion throughout the country.

Tanya Trimble, from Jumping Clay, Enniskillen, said: "When a work colleague told me about a birthday party her daughter had attended at Jumping Clay

Stranmillis, I was intrigued - I arranged a meeting at the Academy and I knew immediately that this was a company that I wanted to be involved with.

"The product speaks for itself as it is totally unique, but the emphasis on education and the fun, simple teaching methods really impressed me. The fact that Jumping Clay is not limited to any age group or ability means the business opportunities are endless. I have worked with individuals between three and 73 and many with mixed ability - the response every time is that they love it."

The JumpingClay franchise has over 500 academies in 29 different countries, and its presence within Ireland is projected to grow and grow.

If you are interested in becoming the next success story, Nick Turkington is always available for an informal chat to discuss the franchise further.