South Yorkshire performing arts company fighting for Sir Richard Branson’s backing

Children from Noodle Performance Arts
Children from Noodle Performance Arts

A business providing performing arts classes to children in South Yorkshire hopes Sir Richard Branson may be able to help fund its expansion plans.

Noodle Performance Arts, which operates in Sheffield and Rotherham, is hoping to expand its operations nationally if it can secure cash from Sir Richard in a new competition.

Company founder Nikki Johnson has entered Pitch to Rich 2015 where companies vie for online votes in the hope of presenting their business plan to the Virgin founder in person.

Nikki said: “There are many stage schools and performing arts companies in the UK but often the classes are simply too expensive for the average family.

“Performing arts is fantastic at boosting children’s confidence and self-esteem so we want more children to have the opportunity to get involved.

“Our classes are shorter and more affordable than many stage schools and the focus is on having fun rather than taking formal exams.”

Classes run in locations including Beighton, Ecclesall, Hillsborough, Totley and Rotherham.

Nikki said: “We now teach over 750 children per week and have expanded our business to include children’s parties.

“We believe that we have developed a viable business model in South Yorkshire, which could be duplicated in other areas.

“We would love to secure the funding to support franchising our businesses so children all over the UK could enjoy Noodle classes.”

People wanting to support Noodle’s expansion plans can vote for its pitch at before tomorrow.