Nov. 28, 2013
-- Musician, celebrity and martial arts enthusiast Peter Andre officially opened the Kung Fu Schools franchise on 15 November in Croydon. The opening was attended by national and local media and local dignitaries including the Mayors of Crawley and Croydon and MPs for Croydon and Sutton plus the First Secretary of the Education Section from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China and the Chinese Director from the London Confucius Institute.
Guests were treated to a display of Kung Fu Black Belt training in which Peter took part as well as a traditional Chinese Lion dance and folk dancing performed by the London Confucius Institute. Children from the junior beginner and Little Dragon Advance classes showed off their Kung Fu skills in an exciting live demonstration.
Paul Hawkes, Alan Paterson and Peter Andre, the business owners, were also delighted to be awarded membership of the British Franchise Association (bfa) the official body for the franchise sector by Pip Wilkins, the head of operations at the bfa.
Paul Hawkes, managing director of Kung Fu Schools said: “Obtaining bfa accreditation really was the icing on the cake and the perfect end to the day. We were delighted that Peter could take time out of his busy schedule to officially launch the franchise. It was also great to see so many local politicians and dignitaries support our event. We now look forward to growing the business and welcoming on board our first franchisees.”
Managing director of independent franchise consultancy Platinum Wave, Suzie McCafferty, who is advising the company, added: “Kung Fu Schools is offering a fantastic franchise proposition which I am confident will be very successful. They have done their research, proven the business model works and have put together an excellent infrastructure to support franchise owners in their journey.”