Smart Raspberry franchise

Min investment


Smart Raspberry franchise

Teach children how to cook nutritious food from scratch

Smart Raspberry is one of the fastest growing childrens cookery schools in the UK, delivering a fun and distinctive learning programme through a network of professional franchisees

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Expected revenue after 2 years

Minimum investment

  • Operating fee:
    Management service fee calculated quarterly at 10% of all gross sales
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About Smart Raspberry

At Smart Raspberry, we think its vital to teach children how to cook nutritious food for themselves and others and send them into the world equipped with basic kitchen skills and nutritional knowledge. Youll run friendly and fun classes for small groups of children and young people, encouraging each individual to develop a love of cooking and great, healthy food.

Youll be able to generate multiple income streams by holding after-school clubs, school holiday workshops, Duke of Edinburgh Award courses and childrens parties. And, with the backing of our well-established and respected brand name, youll be able to quickly grow your business into a profitable enterprise providing a fantastic, worthwhile service.

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Training and support provided

Smart Raspberry childrens franchiseAll new Smart Raspberry franchisees will go through our Induction Training Programme, which consists of an intensive one-day business training course and two days of practical training. Well then follow this up with on-going support and advice, including helping you create your business plan and observing you after your launch to offer practical evaluation and advice.

Well check in with you once youre open for business, helping you set weekly goals and talking through any issues during regular review calls. Youll also be able to call or email our Head Office team for advice at any time or access our online franchisee forum to connect with other Smart Raspberry members.

Well also provide you with all the equipment you need, including childrens aprons, branded clothing for teachers, branded templates for your letterheads and other correspondence and a recommended supplier list. Youll also have access to plenty of class materials, including recipes and time plans for schools, parties and holiday workshops.

The ideal Smart Raspberry franchisee

Our ideal franchisee is a motivated and ambitious self-starter with a passion for healthy eating and a love of working with young people (a background in teaching or childcare is a bonus but not a requirement). Youll need to have the confidence to inspire and engage your classes, great people and communication skills, be able to overcome any problems that may arise and always be professional when representing our brand.

Youll need to invest just £4,995 to secure your Smart Raspberry territory, which also covers training fees, essential equipment, your own website and email address and a DBS certificate. Youll also need a marketing and advertising fund of £500 for initial launch costs, comprehensive insurance (around £250), a food hygiene certification (£20) and first aid training (£45). Once youre up and running, youll pay us a management fee of 10% of all gross quarterly sales for our ongoing support and assistance.

Smart Raspberry's history

Smart Raspberry was set up in 2011 when our founder, Alicia Cronin, noticed a lack of regular cooking lessons for younger children. Word quickly spread about her afterschool classes and Alicia expanded her operation, franchising her business in 2016 to take Smart Raspberry to children across the country. Now, its seeking ambitious franchisees to take Smart Raspberrys mission to even more places in the UK to show children the joy of cooking delicious, healthy food.

Case studies


Why investing into a franchise opportunity at Smart Raspberry is the right career move for you.


Asma Awan, our Milton Keynes business owner first came across Smart Raspberry Cookery School whilst looking for a birthday party idea for her daughter, she says;

Becoming a Smart Raspberry business owner was the best thing I ever did! I have always loved cooking with my daughter and she has developed a love of food as a result. So when I came across Smart Raspberry I soon realised this would be the perfect opportunity to start a business doing something that I loved whilst still looking after my familys needs. Whats more, I get all the support I need from Alicia and the HQ team, which means I can really build something that offers fantastic rewards.

Melinda Johnston (Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable)

"My name is Melinda Johnston. In June 2017 I became the proud owner of the Smart Raspberry Cookery School franchise in Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable & Luton.

My original background was in catering; but even though I moved away from the food industry to work in retail management and then administration and training; I have always loved cooking and enjoy creating delicious dishes for friends and family.

Whilst working as a Teaching Assistant at my daughters Primary School, I was able to start sharing my culinary skills and knowledge to the pupils during the weekly cookery challenges. I really enjoyed the afternoons, being able to teach the children how to cook. Such a valuable life skill!
During this time, I saw an advertisement for teachers for the Smart Raspberry Cookery School. I thought this is the job for me! I could do this! However, as my daughters were still young, I decided not to take it any further at that time.

It wasnt until Easter 2017, when I began to think seriously about the idea of teaching children how to cook on a full time basis, I remembered the Smart Raspberry advert - in fact I had cut it out and kept it! So I contacted Alicia Cronin (the owner of the Smart Raspberry Cookery School) and quickly decided to take the plunge and start my own business.

In just over a year I have gone from having an After School Cookery Club in just one school, to running Cookery Clubs 5 days a week in four primary schools. During my first year I have taught teenagers how to cook before they leave home, as well as holding various holiday Workshops throughout my territory. In particular, children have learnt how to make bread, and pasta from scratch using a pasta machine. I have held stalls at local food festivals and have started to build business relationships with a Town Council and a childrens charity.

What I love the most about owning the Cookery School is the buzz it gives me teaching young people cookery skills that will last a lifetime. I look forward to the various visits to different schools each week. It makes me happy to see the pupils learning new skills and growing in confidence whilst cooking.

The children get so excited about their cookery sessions; in fact one of the children said the other day he had been looking forward to cookery club all day!

Starting your own business is hard, but I have lots of support from the Smart Raspberry Head Office and I am doing something I love! In the future I hope to grow my business by having another enthusiastic cook work with me, so that I can expand into more schools and start a Saturday Cookery School."

Farhan and Yasmin (West London)

"After signing the Franchisee document we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Two months down the line and we have fully booked After School Clubs, regular Weekend Classes and a range of different holiday workshops planned for the future. We have truly been blessed with a unique opportunity that has the potential to grow into an empire."


Joelle Hallmark (South West London)

"Buying a franchise with Smart Raspberry has been an amazing experience. It gives you the benefit of being your own boss but knowing there is support there if you need it. You also benefit from having all the set up and processes in place. Everything has been painless and the advice invaluable. It does feel very welcoming and I already feel like part of the "family". It is hugely rewarding and I recommend it to anyone."


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