New Government Roadmap: What it means for the children’s activities sector

The much anticipated roadmap out of lockdown was announced yesterday by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. A 68 page Covid-19 response guide was released with full details on how the vaccine programme is supporting efforts to get the country back up and running and critically, keeping people safe and protected from the virus. The roadmap sets out four […]

National lockdown ending in England – what this means for children’s activities

30.11.2020 – An update regarding the new guidance for England from 2nd December by ICAP: Over the past week the Government in England have released new guidelines and details regarding the tiered system that will follow the end of the current lockdown period. These guidelines will apply from 2nd December. They also released tiering details of […]

DBS and Safeguarding: A background

Legal background In 1999, the government introduced mandatory criminal record checks on all workers with children.  The aim was to prevent paedophiles from gaining access to children. The Protection of Children Act 1999 introduced CRB checks, short for criminal records bureau, which have now become DBS checks for all those who work or volunteer directly […]

[UPDATE] National lockdown in England – what this means for children’s activities

3/11/2020 – An update regarding the November lockdown from ICAP: Since our last email (Sun 1st November) in reference to the national lockdown for England due to commence on Thursday 5th November, we have received unconfirmed reports on the following: 1. Providers operating educational services in schools will be allowed to continue their in-curricular activity services throughout the lockdown period (on agreement with each school) 2. […]

Data Protection and Children

Data protection law has existed in the UK since 1984 with several revisions each delivering more rights to individuals regarding their data privacy. The explosion of the data driven economy led by the increasing reliance on the internet has raised many questions about privacy and security of, in some cases, our most personal of data […]

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Act The previous Data Protection Act was revamped and replaced by the General Data Protection Act in 2018. It gives greater power to the individual to control how their data is used and stored and places a greater responsibility on organisations to be transparent with their data. It is the reason […]

Pip Wilkins

Pip Wilkins is the Chief Executive of the British Franchise Association (bfa). With 25 years’ experience in the franchise sector, Pip has worked her way up within the Association, gaining insight from all areas of the business and the franchise industry. She is well-known and highly regarded in franchising for her dedication and depth of knowledge. Pip regularly speaks at conferences and seminars both domestically and internationally, as well as writing on franchising matters for national, local and franchising trade press. Pip is also a regular judge for the annual bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, the Franchise Marketing Awards and Global Franchise Awards. Pip represents the UK at both the European Franchise Federation (EFF) and World Franchise Council (WFC). The bfa has grown to be one of the largest franchise associations in Europe, and one of the most successful associations in the world.

Theo Millward

Theo Millward is a graduate of Lancaster University with a BBA in Management. In 2016 Theo purchased UK swim school, Swimtime from the founders which teaches 20,000 children a week. Following a multi-award- winning digital transformation, during the global pandemic, Theo and his team founded Franscape, a saas that digitally transforms Franchise brands. FranScape won New Business of the Year at the UK Business Awards.

Andy Georgiou

Andy is the Founder of ICAP and a leading UK Franchise Business Consultant. He is fiercely committed to helping children’s activity providers build successful and profitable businesses. With qualifications in Business Management, Digital Media and Marketing, he has helped build, advise and grow leading 6 and 7 fiqure children’s education, sports and activity brands in the past 17 years.

Frank Sahlein

Frank has been active in the Children’s Activity Center industry as an athlete, coach, business owner, consultant and business broker. He is a native of San Mateo, California and graduated from San Jose State University in California (USA).
Frank was a pioneer of the Children’s Learning Opportunity Center concept from 1976 – 2016 at the Wings Center in Boise, Idaho (USA) – a blend of Sports Instruction, Arts, Education, Entertainment and Outreach programs.
As a business management innovator, Frank has delivered over 1,000 presentations for a variety of Children’s Activity Center industries such as gymnastics, swimming, cheerleading, dance, martial arts/ninja and child care/education.
3rd Level Consulting is a Business Development and Service Provider Partner for private industry companies, associations, and organizations in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Panama.
Two-time recipient of the National Business Leader Award from USA Gymnastics, Frank is the author of “Building Your Business Potential” and “Designing Your Empowered Life”. He is the creator of the SmartEDGE™ Business Applications and Management Certification Courses. He is the co-founder of LEAP Learning and the MetaSpheres Corp, and is the founder and Executive Director of the International Association of Child Development Programs.
His passions include his beautiful wife Lourdes Gonzalez, family, friends, fitness training, transformational reading and travel.