Lingotot Rocks Awards Season!

Posted: Tue, Jul 18, 2017 2:14 PM

Lingotot winner in TWO categories at Working Mums Top Franchise Awards 2017

National children's language franchise, Lingotot was named Family Friendly Franchise and Franchisee of the Year Award at's first Top Franchise Awards this week.

The Awards, sponsored by HSBC, celebrate the best family friendly franchisors and franchisees. They recognise franchisors both big and small who have empowered women in business – not only by providing a successful flexible business model, but by giving franchisees the advice and support they need to succeed.

Twenty-three franchises and 30 franchisees were shortlisted for six categories. The online ceremony on Tuesday included an awards presentation and a Q&A session with franchising experts. Lingotot came top in TWO categories; Family Friendly Franchise Award and Franchisee of the Year Award.

Family Friendly Franchise Award – Lingotot. The judges said it presented a strong case for family friendly working. It offered flexibility across the board from head office staff to franchisees, tailored training and ongoing support at times which were convenient for parents, held regular family fun days and offered emergency support. They felt the franchisor had clearly lived the work life juggle, felt passionately about providing a family friendly business model and had looked at all aspects of the business to ensure this was what she was offering.

Franchisee of the Year Award – Abigail Curtis from Lingotot Teesside who has built her languages franchise while working part time as a mechanical engineer and despite not speaking Spanish or French or having any teaching experience. Abigail has been the top-performing Lingotot franchisee every year since 2013, works with over 3,000 children and is now a mentor for other Lingotot franchisees. The award was voted for by over 4,500 members of the public.

Angela Sterling, Lingotot founder commented: “I started the business when my first daughter was 7 weeks old and I franchised when my second was born. Operating a franchise with two babies under two, a husband who worked away from home and no help with childcare was a challenge and a half! I know what it's like to start a business with a young family and I love helping my franchisees navigate the choppy waters of finding that elusive work-life balance. I think we do a great job and I’m delighted that has been recognised by Working Mums.”

Gillian Nissim, founder of, said: “We are delighted at the very high standard of entries in our second Top Franchise Awards. I would like to congratulate all our winners and shortlisted franchises and franchisees. The Top Franchise Awards perfectly complement our Top Employer Awards by highlighting flexible, supportive business models which allow those with caring needs to fulfill their potential. We believe they act as a beacon for others looking to develop flexible business models.”

Andrew Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising at HSBC, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Top Franchise Awards and to support innovative family friendly franchises. HSBC has over 25 years’ experience in the franchise industry. Franchises offer the flexibility of self employment combined with a tried and tested business model. We hope that the Awards will provide a wealth of ideas and inspiration for all those looking to a future in franchising.” 

Lingotot named as finalist in FOUR categories in the Whats On 4 Awards 

Lingotot is celebrating being named as a finalist in four categories in the 11th National Whats On 4 Kids Awards! 

These prestigious awards are intended to reward innovation, raise standards and generate awareness of family activities and those individual experts involved who make such a difference to so many young families.

Whats On 4 Kids says “ Every nominee deserves to be congratulated on getting this far in the UK’s leading and longest established awards for the sector. It’s been an exceptional year with voting very fierce across all of the categories right up to the end, so thank you to everyone for being part of the action!”

Lingotot is a multi-award winning languages program being delivered to over 12,000 children across the UK each week. Their interactive learning format aims to introduce preschool and primary aged children to languages, while instilling confidence and developing an enjoyment for languages. 

Angela Sterling, Lingotot Founder and MD says “I am absolutely delighted that Lingotot has been named as a finalist in a massive FOUR categories and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us! I am was delighted when we were nominated but to go through as a finalist is just wonderful. We all really love what we do here at Lingotot and it’s a fantastic feeling to have all of the hard work of my franchisees and teachers recognised.”

The final results will be announced during a live ceremony, hosted by NatWest, in October. Wish us luck! 

Angela Sterling, Lingotot Founder, named finalist in the Entrepreneur Of The Year category at the 1st ever English SME Business Awards.  

Angela was shortlisted thanks to her demonstrable business skills in her multi award-winning SME. Finalists were selected based on the votes received from the public who have been voting over the last few months with the winner being announced at the finals later this year. Good luck Angela!