A South Tyneside mum who launched a soft-play business as a hobby is now branching out in other areas of the UK.
Sarah Briggs set up Hooray Soft Play after a chance conversation with someone selling soft play equipment.
I’ve had inquiries from all over the UK and Ireland.Sarah Briggs
After seeing her business take off with requests from across the region, she took the decision to offer her brand as a franchise.
Hooray Soft Play loans play equipment for private functions.
Within weeks of making her decision public, she was contacted by couple Paul and Natalie Smith and interested parties from Spain and India.
Mrs Briggs, from Russell Avenue, Harton, South Shields said: “Since it appeared in the paper and on Facebook there has been so much interest. I’ve had enquiries from all over the UK and Ireland as well as Spain and India.
“But it’s great that the first franchise has been taken on by a local couple.
“They just got in touch after seeing it on Facebook and it went from there.
“When I met them, they were so enthusiastic and really keen. I wish them well for the future.”
The couple, from The Willows, in Hebburn, will be running Hooray SoftPlay Sunderland.
Mrs Briggs, who will be continuing to look after South Tyneside booking, added: “I never thought when I launched Hooray Soft Play it would lead to this.
“I just thought it would make me a bit of money with me being a stay at home mam, but it really took off.
“It got to the point where we were receiving so many requests that at times we were having to say no.
“It’s coming up to the one-year anniversary of the business and I just thought, now is the time to expand.
“I decided to offer the business as a franchise rather than hire a team, as with a franchise it’s the person’s own business, so they will invest more in it and make it a success.
“We are really keen on customer service and we always go that extra mile. Because of this we have a lot of repeat customers, so the ideal people to take this on as a franchise would be the kind of people who will work with the same ethos as this.”
The two play equipment packages on offer include soft-play items, small slides and a ball pool.
Mrs Smith who will be running Hooray Soft Play Sunderland, from September, said: “When we saw it, it looked like a really good opportunity.
“Everything has been signed and equipment ordered and we will be up and running by September. We’ve already started taking bookings for the Sunderland area and are looking forward to getting started.”
Hooray Soft Play can be contacted on 07912 370789, visit the company’s Facebook page or website www.hooraysoftplay.co.uk