Stephen Hall, Co-owner ComputerXplorers Birmingham East
Stephen was born in Northern Ireland, where he spent his childhood before moving to England to study at university.
Stephen has been running ComputerXplorers Birmingham East with his wife, Fiona since January 2011.
“I picked up What Franchise magazine at Birmingham airport when Fiona and I were flying back to Belfast and noticed ComputerXplorers. I’m a self confessed computer geek and love messing around with computers and new bits of software, so it’s right up my street.”
“The idea of combining my interest in ICT with having fun with kids really appealed to me.”
What happened next?
“We did a bit more research, met with the franchisor, Nigel Toplis, and went to see a class in action. That really sealed the deal. I wasn’t prepared for how brilliant the classes were and to see the children being so enthusiastic and absorbed really sold it to me.”
How are things going?
“We planned for one of us working on the business and the other finding a job, but it took off so quickly that we’ve both been full-time from the start.”
“It’s the best job I’ve ever had and I loved my other jobs! I never feel like I’m going to work.”
Would you recommend ComputerXplorers to potential franchise owners?
“Most definitely and I’ve already encouraged some prospects to go for it. Teaching children is even more fun and satisfying than I thought it would be.”
“We get to work with children from all walks of life. For example we were recently asked to run cartoon-making sessions with children who visit hospital regularly. The aim is to make their visits more enjoyable, teach them some new skills and give them an outlet to express their feelings. It gives me such a buzz making a living doing something so worthwhile.”