Little Voices founder wins award
Performing Arts founder Wins National Award
Lancashire born and bred founder and CEO Jane Maudsley WINS “Inspirational Woman in Franchising 2018” AWARD.
On Tuesday 15th May 2018, in Central London Jane Maudsley from Little Voices accepted her national accolade and the title “Inspirational Woman in Franchising 2018” from EWIF (Encouraging Women into Franchising). Jane is the co- founder and CEO of Little Voices performing arts organisation since it began in Blackburn, Lancashire over 10 years ago. Her work has not gone unnoticed, as Jane has today been recognised by the franchise industry for her dedication, ambition and ability to inspire others. Many prolific women were nominated for the ‘Inspirational Woman in Franchising’ award, but Jane shone through the finalists to win this prestigious award.
Every year EWIF holds an annual award ceremony designed to bring together the best women in the industry to celebrate their successes. EWIF’s 2018 Awards brought together over 150 franchise professionals to celebrate women in franchising. As it was their 10th anniversary year this was a celebration not to be missed by the franchise industry – a true celebration of women and their place in the world of business! This was even more poignant as Jane’s national company Little Voices was founded 10 years ago and has equally been celebrating their anniversary of the same milestone.
Jane said; “I am absolutely thrilled and overwhelmed, it still has not sunk in. The last two days in London have been incredible there were so many fantastic women there who have achieved such amazing things with their businesses. This award is recognition for the entire company. I am really lucky to absolutely love what I do. It just shows that all your dreams are possible with hard work and a clarity of vision. My mum always said that you get out of life what you put in and that is so true. I work hard because I know what a difference we make to children’s lives. I know that the results from our after school drama and singing lessons are so important for a child’s future. Building children’s confidence and nurturing their vocal and dramatic talents is a privilege. We train children to an incredibly high level, we boast a 100% pass rate in every exam with LAMDA and have the gold accreditation from the CAA to give parents peace of mind that we are compliant in every way that we operate and deliver excellence in the children’s activities sector. This award is testament to my entire team, teamwork makes the dream work, and I am blessed with a wonderful team and supportive friends and family around me. I am blessed to be able to inspire the next generation in the performing arts.
The award related to 2017 and why you deserved to be recognised with an Inspirational Woman in Franchising Award from your work in that year reaching the huge milestone of 10 years brought an unbelievable year personally and in business as I moved home, singlehandedly, split from my partner, had a lot of personal situations to juggle and at the same time I needed to steer and inspire our franchise network to have a record year in franchise recruitment and growth of existing franchises.
We were made aware in 2017 that we were LAMDA’s second biggest customer globally with a record 100% pass rate in all exams (no child has EVER failed an exam with Little Voices in 10 years anywhere in the country). We sought and received an option for our franchisees to gain OFSTED voluntary registration status so that we could help more families by accepting childcare vouchers, we became an EWIF member and was shortlisted out of thousands of entries to the top 5 in the Whatson4 kids awards voted for by our parents. I love to write and was privileged to be Elite Franchise Magazine’s diary columnist all year. A fabulous platform to share my journey and inspire others.
We received the 5-star GOLD accreditation from the Children’s Activities Association. This is recognition of how compliant we are, how much we put the child first, their individual needs and development and have policies and procedures in place to protect everyone within the organisation. With this accreditation I can spend my time educating all of those around me; schools, parents, other organisations working with children how important regulation of the children’s activity sector is.
When asked what keeps me going; it is passion and a core strong belief that what I am doing is good. I have a clarity of vision so distinctive that failure is not an option and along the way remain humble and true to yourself. I am passionate at what I do and the greater good that Little Voices gives to the next generation.
Little Voices performing arts organisation has nurtured the talents and built the confidence of thousands of pupils across the UK in safe, small groups for the past 10 years.
Little Voices focuses on expert guidance and traditional teaching methods in singing and acting, delivered in exceptionally small group lessons to maximise children’s development. The culture of Little Voices is centred around trust and the ethos and values that the organisation has at its core are quite clearly all about the individual and their confidence and care.
In a climate of uncertainty for arts education in schools Little Voices fills the gap for parents, children and teaching fraternity. “Inspirational drama and singing education for the next generation” - not just excellent drama and singing training but skills for life taught as an extracurricular activity in exceptionally small groups of only 8 with a commitment to individual attention to ensure the development of each individual child. Parents are thrilled with the care and individual attention given to their child.
As the co-founder of Little Voices I am so very passionate about the education of children. I am driven to ensure that every child nationally has an opportunity to excel, build their confidence, self esteem and nurture their talents paying attention to key life skills too: the art of presentation skills, eye contact, posture, teamwork, respect, preparation to name but a few.
The core subjects are being taught in schools but the subjects that really enhance a person socially, mentally and spiritually are sadly being axed more and more.
We have a huge job to do to assist in the delivery of education through Little Voices but we will do it,” she said.
Little Voices runs locations across the UK has been running since 2007 it all started in Blackburn, Lancashire where the cofounder and winner of this award was born!
For more information about Little Voices and to find a venue near to you or register your interest about running your own Little Voices franchise please contact the Head Office on 01254 207516 / 07885 208313 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website http://www.littlevoices.org.uk
To find out more about EWIF and their mission please visit ewif.org
By Lynn Beaumont