Holmes Chapel business nominated for awards | Knutsford Times

Holmes Chapel business nominated for awards

By on May 25, 2018

Holmes Chapel company Puddle Ducks have been named as finalists in the NatWest Encouraging Women into Franchising Awards.

Founders Jo Stone and Tracy Townend are finalists in the Woman Franchisor of the Year and Ali Beckman, Technical Director and Head Teacher at Puddle Ducks is a finalist in the Woman Franchise Employee category.


Jo Stone said: “We are delighted to have been recognised as finalists in the EWIF Award. We all work as a team, sharing the same ethos, and believe passionately in teaching babies and children to learn how to swim. We want every child to love swimming, respect the water and swim beautifully. That’s why our standards are the highest and our approach is unique.

“Puddle Ducks provides innovative swimming classes for babies, toddlers and children. Teachers focus on creating a nurturing environment, which supports independent swimming for children of all abilities. Puddle Duck’s accolade is in recognition of their impressive business skills, demonstrating positive growth and commitment.

Tracy and Jo founded Puddle Ducks  in 2002 after meeting at antenatal classes and realising they both loved swimming and wanted to launch a business. They now have 35 franchisees across the UK teaching over 20,000 children to swim every week.


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