Business growth is très bon for Abigail

Jayne Lyell of Lingotot working with children at Brougham Primary School
Jayne Lyell of Lingotot working with children at Brougham Primary School

A MUM has already expanded her business franchise less than a year after starting foreign language classes for tots.

Abigail Curtis started the Lingotot North Tees franchise in October last year. She started it by running two Spanish nursery classes and one Spanish community class for children.

She took on one tutor but she told Business Update: “Over the last few months my business has grown significantly.

“I now employ three tutors and run both French and Spanish community classes. My tutors are also teaching French and Spanish during curriculum time.”

But Lingotot’s success doesn’t end there. The service is also now catering for after school clubs throughout the town.

“We also run sessions in local nurseries,” said Abigail, 35, from the High Throston area of Hartlepool.

“The children really enjoy the lessons and pick up the language easily through the singing, games and stories which make language learning very fun and enjoyable.”

Abigail began the franchise because of her determination to give her own children Patrick, aged four, and two-year-old Matthew the best start in life.

She wants them to learn foreign languages and, after searching the North-East for somewhere where the boys could learn French and Spanish, got the inspiration to go into business for herself.

Now, she runs the North Tees franchise for the business covering an area including Hartlepool, Sedgefield, Stockton, Norton and Newton Aycliffe.

She began by taking her sons to Lingotot in Durham and said the children were soon picking up skills in French.

Abigail said her youngest son even happily following instructions in the language before he could speak.

Abigail, whose grandfather Rene Berthou was French, said the system worked because children as young as two months can pick up foreign languages.

She previously told the Mail: “They say that for the first six months of their lives, babies listen to everything that is going on and start trying to speak after that. They are listening all the time.”

She said her own son Matthew was easily able to follow the instructions in French when she practised the language with her older son Patrick at home.