Children’s music and development franchise Musical Minis has recently won two national business awards.

The company, which offers music and singing classes to children aged from birth to five, has won ‘Best Family Business’ and ‘Best Home-based Business’ and crowned ‘Overall Winner’ in the 2016 iHubbub’s Best Home Business Awards.

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Musical Minis was founded in 1989 by child psychologist Karen Sherr (52) and franchised in 1997. There are now 12 franchisees in the network, running classes that enhance a child’s cognitive, physical and social development, through the singing of traditional songs and nursery rhymes and the playing of basic musical instruments. Franchisees run classes in government- backed Children’s Centres, schools, nurseries and village venues; the classes are aligned to the national schools timetable and cater for approximately 1,500 children a week.

Founder Karen Sherr, who runs the business with the help of her husband Rob and children Matthew (27), Alex (25) and Emily (22) said,

‘We are thrilled to have won ‘Best Home Business’ and ‘Best Family Business’ and to be named as the overall winner and would like to thank iHubbub, the judges and everyone who voted for us. Both awards perfectly encompass everything that we think is great about Musical Minis. It is a business that lends itself perfectly to being run from home and it fits in perfectly with family life. We should know, it’s the way we’ve run it for the last 25 years!’

Karen continues,

‘Many of our franchisees are mums with young children, all of whom say running their Musical Minis business around their young family works well, they don’t need huge amounts of storage space, they can take their children with them to the classes and they like the fact that we’re always on the end of the phone if they need some extra support or advice.’

Co-Founder of iHubbub, Ken Sheridan said,

‘Musical Minis impressed so many of our judges and for them to come out as the overall Best Home Based Business winner and to be voted the Best Family Business as well is a fantastic achievement.’

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