Stagecoach Theatre Arts has over 40,000 students worldwide who attend the schools because of their enthusiasm for our training. Stagecoach's success has been recognised by the British Franchise Association: it won the Newcomer of the Year award in 1996, has been a finalist for the Franchisor of the Year Award on three occasions, and won the prestigious Sir Bernard Ingham Trophy in 2000. You can share in the phenomenal success of an innovative business which has been replicated hundreds of times in several countries.
Stagecoach started in April 1988, when Stephanie Manuel and David Sprigg launched the first three schools in Richmond, Redhill and Woking in rented rooms. By 1993 Manuel and Sprigg were masterminding 24 schools, from a small office in East Molesey. Because the administrative burden was becoming so great, they turned to franchising. The franchising went so well that in 2001, they floated the company on the Alternative Investment Market, raising almost £3 million to expand the business.
The Stagecoach franchise has been enormously successful over the years. There are already over 600 franchised Stagecoach schools in the UK and Ireland and others in Australia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Spain, South Africa, Canada and the United States.