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Families Magazine trail-blazed the parenting magazines freemium model. We are leaders in the field. We’ve been building our brand for almost 28 years!
We have 40 editions across the country. Our established franchises sometimes come up for sale and the following are looking for new homes: Warwickshire, Edinburgh, Gloucestershire, North Hampshire, Bedfordshire, Central Scotland, Surrey East, Cardiff & Vale and Northamptonshire. We are also looking to start new franchises in Bristol, Essex, Sheffield, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, Leicestershire and Rutland, Wiltshire, and East London.
If this sounds like YOU, then a Families franchise could be a welcome addition your family!
After my husband and I moved back to the UK from Australia with our 3 year old daughter, Families became my “go-to” guide for everything “for families” in the local area.
I was amazed by its breadth of local information about events, activities, classes and clubs for families and children, as well as the intelligent, helpful parenting articles.
When I saw that the magazine was for sale, I immediately knew this was a challenge I couldn’t pass up. A 20 year career on the business side of television meant that I had the skills to develop the magazine by growing the distribution, increasing the revenue and embracing online and social media opportunities it offers.
I could see it being the start of my own mini publishing empire! With 35 national editions, the scope was there to establish a viable business model with one magazine and then replicate it by buying another Families franchise.
Families Upon Thames had been established for 12 years, but the owner, was ready to move on. The magazine was extremely well-known and respected locally and I got great feedback about it from all the parents I spoke to.
After 20 years in large corporations, I knew I was done with bureaucracy and politics. I wanted independence, to be in charge of my own destiny and to work flexibly from home so that I could honour the priorities and values of being a parent. My husband was also ready for a career change and we agreed to take on the business together.
After several months of preparation, excitement, and a few sleepless nights, I got to hold the first issue in my hand. It was a great feeling!
Magazine publishing is fast-moving, so it’s necessary to be highly focussed and organised, self-motivated and self-disciplined. It’s all about setting goals and meeting them. But there is lots of support. I couldn’t be more impressed by the on-going range of training opportunities offered by my franchisor, which keep me up to speed with sales and marketing techniques and publishing trends.
Whilst I relish the chance to work for myself without the constant distractions and politics of a work place, I know that my fellow franchisees, who have proved warm and genuinely helpful, are there whenever I need them and can be contacted via in-house “chat” opportunities for advice and support. In two years, doubled the revenue of Families Upon Thames, working around my family and from my own home.
I enjoy being entrepreneurial and creative and I have something solid to show for it every two months. It’s the best job I’ve ever had!
Linda Stone, Editor of Families Upon Thames