New Horizons, a client of Coconut Creatives, have just added yet another new franchisee to their UK Tony Hobbs - Newcastlenetwork. Baltic training, headed up by Antony Hobbs, have just added a New Horizons training centre franchise to their existing business. Making them the first independent IT training company in the UK to do so! Baltic training are now the proud owners of New Horizons Newcastle and they’re taking advantage of a global brand to set them apart from their competitors.

“At Baltic training, we offer the same kind of services as New Horizons. We were predominantly an IT professional apprenticeship business using government funding to help 16-24 year olds into their first jobs in IT. We used to write most of our own content but it takes up a lot of our time and resources which was when I started looking for alternatives and came across New Horizons,” explains Anthony.

“Linking our New Horizons franchise to our existing business, which is already accredited as a Tech Partnership Gold Provider, allows us to offer more up-to-date and innovative services than ever before. This will set us apart from our competitors in a huge way because many of them are still using training content that is no longer current in the market.”

New Horizon’s is the world’s largest independent IT training company. They provide a wide range of computer training and complementary programmes for many small, medium and large organisations as well as individuals improving their career. Franchisees operate their own dedicated learning centres and quickly become the single source of IT training for their customers.

“Now that we’ve partnered with New Horizons, we will be delivering the most up-to-date and technical experience to our customers. I’m looking forward to this the most. As soon as Microsoft release their new curriculum, we’ll have it straight away and it will give the businesses that we work with a much better chance to progress. We’ve already got a great infrastructure in place and partnering with New Horizons will only help us to expand and develop our business even further,” says Anthony.

As New Horizons continue to add to their UK network, it was decided to hold the latest franchisee training in London as a sign of the commitment to building and developing a strong UK network. As well as the comprehensive training programme, new franchisees and prospects are invited to attend the New Horizons Annual Conference. Annual conferences are a great way for both experienced and new franchisees to come together and learn more about both each other and their businesses.

“I travelled over to America to attend New Horizons’ annual conference because I wanted to see if it was a valid opportunity. At the conference, I met franchisees from all over the world and I realised the true scale of the opportunity. Attending the conference was really the selling point for me,” adds Anthony.

Along with an award winning training programme and comprehensive support package, new franchisees are offered an exclusive territory in a major city along with training programmes for all employees. In addition, the package includes ongoing training events, all conferences, a wide variety of online events, self-paced e-learning resources and a wealth of tools that franchisees can use to train their employees.

“The training that we have received from New Horizons has been extremely worthwhile and it’s all helping us to get their systems in place. We could have done all of this ourselves but the advantage of working with New Horizons is that it’s on a much bigger scale and our products will be much quicker to market.”