Saturday 30th September

9.00am - 4.30pm

Millenium Point | Birmingham

Food and Drink Included

The ICAP 2023 conference will be our biggest event yet! You can look forward to:

  • A world beating line up of Experts and Industry Heavyweights who will share their experience and passion with you on the day
  • A Supplier Showcase featuring over 20 brands that we have handpicked.
  • Lots of Networking time throughout the day for you to spend time with friends old and new.
  • Complimentary Food and Drink and the first tipple of the evening is included in the ticket price! 

Urgent Travel Update 15/09/23

Train strikes have been announced for Saturday 30th September.

Following announcement of wide spread train strikes we have an essential update for this event:

  1. The event will be going ahead as planned
  2. The agenda has been revised with a later start time of 1000 for the sessions to allow some additional travel time. Please be aware we ask you to be seated by 0955. Registration remains open from 0900. The revised timings of the day are further down this page. 
  3. We have arranged for FREE parking for all attendees at the  Millennium Point Car Park (B4 7AP) – please retain your ticket to be validated by the venue. The car park has electric car charging points. 
  4. Discounted Hotel Accommodation is available at the Clayton Hotel – please quote ICAP when booking
  5. In the spirit of our wonderful community of members, we encourage attendees to use the ‘ICAP: Institute of Children’s Activity Providers’ Facebook page to support one another by arranging Car Sharing. 
  6. Attendees may wish to consider Coach Services such as National Express. Birmingham Coach Station is the nearest stop which is a 12 minute walk to the venue. 

Please continue to check this website page regularly, we will continue to update attendees and we cannot wait to see you all soon!

the itinerary



Enjoy some time with your fellow Children’s Activity Providers whilst enjoying complimentary Tea and Coffee.


Welcome from Team ICAP

Andy & Theo will introduce the day and share exciting plans about the future of ICAP

Andy Georgiou & Theo Millward


The Circle of (Business) Life

In this innovative session, we will have three speakers each representing a different size of business: start up, mid size, and scale.

Rachel Brooks, Peter Pearson, Lisa Stead



Time to enjoy complimentary Tea, Coffee and snacks, network and browse our expert clinics.


Thinking Big Panel

Dare to dream about the multi million pound empire? 

In this panel we will discuss the power ‘thinking big’ has on your business, what others have achieved and how you could do the same!

Pip Wilkins, Frank Sahlein, Andy Knight



Enjoy a complimentary Lunch, network and meet our amazing industry suppliers.


Supercharge your Brand

How you can build a brand on your own, with little resource – with a narrative that takes you through a scale journey.

Yiannis Maos MBE




How to take time off (and make more money!) even when you feel like your head is going to explode...

Libby Langley (The Queen of Easy Business)

5 - 8pm

Post Event Drinks Reception

Food, glorious food!

You asked. We delivered. Your ticket price includes Complimentary Food, Teas, Coffee, afternoon Snack and your first evening Drink.

Talk about value! Not only does the ICAP Conference bring you outstanding speakers, amazing networking opportunities and a vibrant Supplier Showcase; all your food and drink is included too.

Our supporters

Our Venue:

This year’s conference is at the incredible Millennium Point in Birmingham (B4 7AP).

We are using several parts of the building, our sessions will take place in the Auditorium, a converted IMAX theatre!

Our Supplier Showcase and Networking will take place underneath in our own dedicated space. 

Millennium Point is Located in the centre of the United Kingdom, Millenium Point is within a 2-hour drive of 85% of Children’s Activity Providers in the country.

It’s just a 15 min walk from Birmingham New Street train station for the West Coast Main Line. 

The venue car park has electric car charging points. 

What is the ICAP Conference?

This is a 1-day experience like no other, where hundreds of like-minded, ambitious Children’s Activity Providers get together to discover what’s REALLY working right now to grow their businesses.

With practical, cutting edge presentations from team ICAP AND eye-opening insights from guests and genuine ‘Children’s Activity Provider Titans’ – this ‘annual pilgrimage’ for Children’s Activity Providers will help you to finally move your business to where you want it to be.

What Past Attendees Are Saying

Excellent speakers and a warm, friendly event! It felt like one big team! Really excellent event!

Kirsty Fletcher
Little Splodgers

A really super day with a fab selection of speakers who brought entertainment, as well as informative details to their presentations. A great opportunity to hear about what is happening in the wider sector (even abroad!) too. Thank you so much for a great day!

Jane Marshall
Sing and Sign Franchisee

This was our first time attending so we weren’t sure what to expect. It was a very great day and definitely worth the attendance, walked away with a fair few actions from each speaker.

Renata Herbaly
The Little Gym UK & Europe

I enjoyed all the speakers. They had great content, entertainingly presented. The after party was great, too. The conference felt friendly and intimate. It felt like there was dynamism in the room which has stayed with me all week.

Anna Gibbeson
Sing and Sign York

Thoroughly enjoyed the day and being in a room with like-minded people – speakers were entertaining and informative.

didi rugby/didi sports
Denise McCormack

The speakers were brilliant – honest, authentic, helpful in sharing their experiences. 

Rachael Malhi
Mix & Munch

The whole day was brilliant, really inspiring. 4 franchisees attended with me and also really enjoyed the day. Thank you to the team for organising. We always feel that we get a lot from the event.

Claire Bennett
Music Bugs HQ

Good range of topics covered, high calibre speakers, everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

Elizabeth Whitworth
Rhythm Time Colchester and Surrounding Area

Some really great speakers. I took lots of inspiration from the day. Thank you for all your hard work.

Jigsaw Arts Franchise Ltd
Nicola Lander

I really enjoy the ICAP conferences. The ‘vibe’ is great. It doesn’t feel stuffy or ‘clicky’. It is positive and welcoming. I always recommend coming along to peers and colleagues and I’ll be back – hasta la vista!

Joy Haley
BilinguaSing Coventry and Kenilworth Spanish and Italian

Great Speakers, excellent atmosphere, good content.

Andy Peasey

Big thank you for organising such a great day.

Fran Harrop
Jo Jingles Warrington Wigan & St Helens

Great event. Will be shouting about it a lot!

Peter Pearson

Get Your Tickets TODAY:

50 Early Bird tickets @ £49 (SOLD OUT!)

50 Advance Booking tickets @ £59 (members only) (SOLD OUT!)

Full Price tickets @ £69

Our speakers

As well as Andy and the ICAP team, we’ve pulled together our most impressive line-up of speakers ever.

Our sessions include practical, thought-provoking sessions with proven methods you can apply to grow your children’s activity business. PLUS you’ll come away feeling motivated, inspired and raring to go.

Our Speakers

Andy Georgiou

ICAP & Fransquared Founder

Theo Millward

Swimtime UK & FranScape CEO

Rachel Brooks QFP

Managing Director of Swimtime UK

Peter Pearson

Founder of Acrotrix Gymnastics, Acrotrix & Ambitious Rewards

Andy Knights

CEO of Trafalgar Education (Stagecoach & Helen O'Grady Drama Academy)

Yiannis Maos MBE


Libby Langley

Business Coach, Author, Podcaster & 'The Queen of Easy Business'

Franklin B. Sahlein

Author of “Building Your Business Potential” and “Designing Your Empowered Life”

Pip Wilkins

Chief Executive of the British Franchise Association

Lisa Stead

Chief Operations Officer, Trafalgar Education

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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.

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.

Rachel Brooks QFP

Swimtime is the largest independent swim school in the UK. Rachel works closely with Swimtime franchisees, supporting them through every stage of the business lifecycle. Rachel genuinely understands the trials and tribulations of starting and running a business, having built her own business from scratch.

Peter Pearson

Peter founded Acrotrix Gymnastics in 2013. He then went on to start Acrotrix, a company that provides digital solutions for sports organisations, making it easier for them to manage their programs and communicate with parents. Most recently, Peter started Ambitious Rewards, an app designed to keep children engaged in extracurricular activities.

Andy Knights

Trafalgar Education own renowned franchises Stagecoach & Helen O’Grady Drama Academy. Andy oversees their global franchise network, encompassing over 360 franchisees, 3,000 teachers and 2,200 schools, with classes delivered to more than 60,000 students per week.

Yiannis Maos MBE

Yiannis is the Founder & CEO of TechWM, a community initiative designed to inspire the next generation, help businesses ScaleUp, and create an environment where people can collaborate and celebrate success. Yiannis has over 17 year’s experience in marketing and technology, where he’s helped a number of innovative organisations successfully scale.

Libby Langley

Hey, I’m Libby. An award-winning coach, and person who genuinely gives a sh*t about making other people’s businesses better. I’ve run my coaching business since 2011, and have helped over 6,000 business owners to be more focused, less afraid, work fewer hours, make more money, and have more fun in their biz and their life.

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.

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.

Lisa Stead

Lisa is the Chief Operations Officer for Trafalgar Education (owner of both Stagecoach and Drama Kids (formerly Helen O’Grady Drama Academy)). Skilled in franchise management, strategic and tactical growth and development with over 20 years of leading operational business functions (self-employed and employed), an MBA, and a recent non-executive director on the board of the British Franchise Association. Prior to working with Stagecoach Lisa worked for brands such as Platinum Property Partners and Shuttercraft. Outside of the ‘day-job’ Lisa runs her own cake business and is a founding director of an adult theatre company established for over 10 years.

John Preston

Mathnasium, Managing Director (UK) & Master Franchisee

John is a former investment banker that quit the city to scratch that entrepreneurial itch and become a franchisee, whilst making a difference in children’s lives. John has successfully scaled his own network of centres as well as scaling Mathnasium and supporting it’s network of franchisees in the UK. John is passionate about franchising and improving the lives of others, whether that is helping students who struggle with mathematics or assisting franchisees to become leaders of successful businesses.

Katie Cannon

Gold Medal Business

5 x British Champion turned 7 figure entrepreneur Katie Cannon has been in the children’s activity industry for the last 20 years.Over the last 20 years, Katie has been in the trenches building classes in gyms, studios, leisure centres etc. She has owned gyms, closed gyms down, hired amazing teams and let teams go. You name it, she has done it in this industry.

Katie now teaches entrepreneurs in this industry to uplevel their business systems and teams to scale their business. One of the key attributes which makes gold medal truly unique is she not only brings her 20 years of experience, she is still in the industry today, bringing 20 years of knowledge plus whats working today.

Craig Jones

Chief Children's Experience Officer

Craig has over 30 years’ experience working with children and young people in the education, sport, health & fitness and childcare industries. Craig is a high energy professional, with a passion for providing high quality, engaging experiences that are sustainable solutions to childcare and children’s activities, with a focus on increasing physical activity levels within children and young people. Craig’s approach is nurturing, developing and supporting the best people to manage, lead and inspire children’s professionals within organisations. A results orientated individual with experience across the UK and in Europe, including mergers & acquisitions along with implementing Children/Family strategies across 5 countries, including; product development, financial/operating models, training, H&S, Compliance and full stakeholder engagement from Board level to Government.

Ackora Ansah

Marketing Manager - We Make Footballers

Having previously navigated the dynamic world of marketing with beauty industry leaders such as L’Oreal, Clarins and Unilever, I’ve gained a breadth of experience in how to acquire customers and grow brands.

Now, as Marketing Manager at We Make Footballers I support over 50 franchisees across the UK, US and UAE to scale and grow in an ever-changing landscape through strategic local marketing. Alongside this, I run 3 of my own We Make Footballers franchises and so look forward to sharing my learnings from both perspectives.

Tamara Holland

Marketing Consultant for Children's Activities Providers

Tamara is the award-winning expert behind Dot & Stripe, a marketing consultancy for children’s activities providers and family focused businesses.

Tamara works with franchisors, franchisees and independent businesses to nail down the best marketing strategies to get them results and has over 20 years’ experience across the marketing mix.

She’s also been on both sides of the children’s activities industry – as a franchisee and leading the marketing for a franchise.

She has literally got her hands dirty- so she really gets it. You want to share your amazing activities business with your perfect customers- but finding the right direction, time and resources can be tricky.

Tamara has truly got the expertise, the support, and the accountability to make sure your marketing is not just done but done in a way that’s absolutely perfect for you.

Alexis Boyett

Bippity Boppity Bankrolls / Business Coach + Speaker


No amount of positive thinking will overpower an engrained negative belief. Regardless of how hard we try, how many therapists we talk to, or how many meditations we do, nothing seems to silence the inner-critic within. So instead of trying to silence it, what would happen if we started to communicate with it? As someone who struggled with a poverty mindset, eating disorders, bullying, toxic relationships, and no support system, Alexis understands how loud and how powerful your inner-critic can be. Instead of giving into the voice, Alexis learned how to harness the power of it and use it to master her self-love, propelling her into her dream life. In the past 15 years she has been a professional model/actress in Hollywood, run a nationwide company, traveled the world full-time and become the most influential business and personal development coach in character entertainment. It all started when she learned how to communicate with her inner critic and use its voice as the compass to her dreams. In this keynote, you will walk away with: A new understanding of your story and how it affects your business How to communicate with your inner critic to support your vision How to self-soothe when the villain within is on a rampage

Bea Waterfield

Owner & Franchisor Baby College

I’ve been working in the sector for 20 years. In that time I have been a franchisee, an independent business owner and a franchisor. I have come through a few challenging times (especially the last few years) along the way but have built Baby College to an international network of 30 businesses in the last 10 years in a sustainable way with a consistent profitable self-sustaining business year on year. I don’t think there is a very clever secret to that. Looking back I think I rely on hard-work, determination, courage, indefatigable positivity and to be friendly to everyone…

Gayle Berry

Founder of global parent & baby wellness business, mentor & philanthropist

Gayle Berry-Founder of Blossom & Berry, BA, Dip. Law, PGCE, IAIM, Birthlight, Dip Hypno, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Life Coach ITEC Massage, Author, Pregnancy and Post Natal Yoga Teacher, Children’s Yoga Teacher, Doula & Sleep Consultant.)

Gayle is a love activist, community architect, the founder of Blossom & Berry, an expert on baby massage, baby yoga and nurturing care for babies and the world’s leading mentor for parent and baby businesses.

Gayle is the mother of three amazing humans who have inspired her journey to teach love to millions of babies through her connected community to create a more peaceful and joyful life for all.

Gayle has over 20 years of experience empowering others to share the power of nurture and nature for families across the globe.

Gayle is an advocate for nurturing touch for babies, a multiple publisher author, and speaker on “Nurturing The Future-1001 days to save the world’

She is also very proud to be an ambassador for a number of mother and baby wellness brands and she is Channel Mums’ Baby Massage Expert.

In more recent years Gayle has mentored the world’s leading birth and baby schools to expand and scale their impact to create even more connection. Everything she does comes from a place of love, connection and community

Contribution is also a huge part of her why. She is the co founder of the charity Love Support Unite where she has enabled a safe motherhood project for mothers and babies in poverty in Malawi impacting hundreds of vulnerable babies.

“All babies deserve to be seen, heard and express their needs. When we respond to babies with love, we teach that the world is a safe and loving place and help children reach their full potential.”

Sarah Booth

Xero - Partner Consultant

My passion has always been to help business owners understand the numbers and how a great Accountant, along with cloud software, can provide the financial data they need to make the best business decisions. Prior to joining Xero I worked as a qualified Accountant and specialised in supporting my clients to understand their business financials in real-time. Working with Xero has given me the opportunity to support Accountants across the country in adapting to the cloud, improving their processes and ability to provide insights for their clients business.

Lou Willis-Keeler

CEO of Psych-Logical (Safeguarding and Behavioural Consultancy)

An international safeguarding consultant with over twenty years experience in safeguarding and behavioural science . Working with a wide range of organisations, across sectors to ensure compliance as a minimum and outstanding practice as a reality. Lou has depth of professional expertise working with a variety of organisations and before forming Psych-logical was an area manager with the NSPCC / ChildLine. She has been commission by the Department of Education to develop best practice resources and is work on professional standards for the out of school settings. An energetic, innovative and engaging speaker who simplifies safeguarding and makes it accessible to all.

David Batch

Premier Education Group

Last academic year, Premier delivered 723,815 hours of activity in over 10% of the nations schools. In addition, as the largest supplier of School Holiday Activity days in the UK, over 20,000 parents have given a 5-star Trust Pilot rating. Premier represents the sector on several Dept. of Education steering groups and was winner of ‘Best Business Culture’, at the 2023 Business Excellence Awards. David founded Premier 25 years ago and since then, the group has grown to encompass businesses which include a mother and child fitness franchise, a school improvement business and is an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ Independent Training Provider.

Natalia Shvarts

Franchise Lawyer

Natalia is an experienced franchise solicitor who is passionate about her clients and their success. Having worked with franchisors, franchisees and spent time in-house, Natalia really has seen it from both sides of the fence. Natalia is a member of the BFA and is a regular contributor to franchise publications and franchise events.

Ellie Baker


After 10 years in the UK education system, Ellie quit the classroom to set up her award-winning children’s language & music class company, BilinguaSing, which she franchised in 2014.

Today Ellie uses all of her teaching and business experience to coach educators to become business owners, writes about education and helps her network of BilinguaSing franchisees to thrive in their businesses. In 2023 she authored her first solo book, The 2 Hour Tutor; which reached the #1 spot in 3 educational categories.

She’s an ‘extroverted introvert’ who dreams of living a nomadic life, educating her 3 kids while travelling the world; but for now lives happily in sunny Maidenhead. 

Stacey Cann

Franchise Marketing Strategist

Stacey Cann is an award winning franchise marketing strategist who specialises in helping franchisors create successful franchisees and make more money in their business. Stacey has 20 years marketing experience, working with global companies, including Chelsea FC, Jellyfish, BT, Sports Direct and The Telegraph. Marketing training and empowerment is at the heart of everything Stacey does. Her work has been featured in numerous press articles, including; The Sun, The Metro and iNews. Stacey is a franchisee and Franchise Development Coach for multi-award winning Daisy First Aid. She consistently helps new franchisees with no previous business or marketing experience to start making money immediately and hit their initial goals within 6 months. Her proud moments include Daisy First Aid being awarded the British Franchise Association 2023 Continuous Improvement award and helping numerous women successfully leave their previous jobs to become profitable franchisees to fulfil their dreams of independence and work-life balance. Stacey lives in Surrey, UK, with her partner and 3 children and is also a passionate advocate of parents’ mental health following her own experiences as a self-employed mum.

Karl Fox

Franchise Support Director

I’ve worked in the franchise industry for nearly 25 years, building a successful multi-territory franchise business which deploys over 100 Activity professionals and Playworkers. Utilising my experience within my role as Director of Franchise Support for Premier Education, I support our franchisees to build successful, sustainable busineses as we continue to grow our wider network.

David Pearce

Owner / Director - Rhythm Time

Following a successful corporate career as Divisional MD of a FTSE 250 PLC, I started helping people to get into Franchising in 2008. I have been involved in many different Franchise Businesses as a Franchisee, Franchisor and as a Consultant and Coach to Franchisors. My advice has been sought by a variety of leading UK and International Franchise Brands. Finance & Numbers form a fundamental part of any successful business and I am passionate to help others to get to grips with their numbers!

Al Wadey

Book That In, CTO

Al Wadey is the CTO of Book That In, the market-leading booking system for activity providers in the UK, and is also the Vice President of Strategic Consulting at Aprimo, the international software company. Al’s extensive background in business change, digital transformation, and strategic consulting, especially his role in leveraging technology for superior customer experiences, positions him as a leading authority on innovative strategies. His blend of technical prowess and commercial insight, paired with his experience in guiding businesses through digital evolution, means he will be bringing a unique viewpoint to ICAP’s strategy panel this year.

Phillip Archer

Business Planning & Funding Manager

Phil joined d&t in 2019. Background in sales & marketing in asset finance and funding spanning more than 30 years. Responsible for growing the commercial side of d&t to include fully independent business planning, funding, asset finance and of course the full range of accountancy solutions. Recently with Franchise Finance which he joined following a career with roles in the UK and across Europe starting with Lombard/Natwest group and latterly with Renault Banque and SNCF, the French state-owned rail goliath. Phil has a wide and diverse background, grounded in pragmatism and is passionate about supporting both new and existing franchisees on their journey. For a new Franchisee the proposition can be quite daunting and Phil’s goal is to help the franchise industry demystify and simply the business start-up process into one seamless and fully integrated solution. This avoids confusion, self-interest and contradiction and ensures a rounded, more holistic approach as your advisor becomes your trusted partner for the long term. Much of this is achieved by helping franchisees align their personal and business goals and in ensuring sound business planning practices become habits and management tools. Phil contributes to a number of industry publications and forums and is a judge for both Workbuzz and Elite100.