In the Press!

October 2017

ARTventurers named Best Small Business in the North East Press Echo Portfolio Awards!

It was another award winning night for the ARTventurers Team at the Stadium of Light when they were named Best Small Business 2017!

The award was accepted by MD Fiona and Melissa, franchise owner at ARTventurers Sunderland and South Tyneside on behalf of all of the team!


October 2017

An AMAZING Awards win for the ARTventurers Team!

On 4th October the 11th annual Whats on 4 Kids Awards took place at Bishopsgate in London and ARTventurers scooped not one but TWO national awards!
*Best Baby/Toddler Development Activity (Under 25 franchisees)
*Best Preschool Activity (under 25 franchisees)

ARTventurers was also awarded Highly Commended in the category Best Franchised/Licensed Party Entertainment

Brilliant news for the ARTventurers team!

October 2017

ARTventurers Awarded CAA GOLD Accreditation

ARTventurers has been awarded the highest level of accreditation by the Childrens Activity Association – an organisation set up to provide some regulation within the childrens activity sector and give parents peace of mind. This means that the ARTventurers programme, processes and procedures have all been independently verified as having met or exceeded the CAA Code of Practice giving parents absolute confidence the activities and sessions that we provide – and the feedback that we received from the CAA assessors has been great!

October 2017

ARTventurers Shortlisted in North East Press Echo Portfolio Awards

ARTventurers has been announced as a finalist in the NE Press Echo Portfolio Awards for the 3rd year running!

We have been shortlisted as
*Small Business of the Year

*Creative Industries Awards

The awards ceremony takes place on October 26 and winners will be announced on the night


September 2017

Fiona Simpson, founder and MD of ARTventurers speaks to Elite Franchise Magazine

View the full interview with Fiona here

September 2017

Fiona on BBC Radio Newcastle!

Fiona Simpson, founder and MD of ARTventurers was invited to appear as a guest on BBC Radio Newcastle on 3rd September 2017 on the Sue Sweeney show to talk about her business journey and juggling a successful business with a busy life as a mum of two!


September 2017

Fiona appears on “Chatty Lasses” on TV!

Fiona was invited to appear as a guest on “Chatty Lasses” which aired on Made in Tyne and Wear TV on Monday 4th September – talking about all things ARTventurers, the fun we get up to at our classes….and taking along some of our ARTventurers homemade playdough for the Chatty Lasses to have a play with!

August 2017

South Shields Grandmother expands art session age group

Susan’s ARTventurers classes in one venue became so popular she expanded the age range to meet demand!

You can read all about the growth of Susans business here

August 2017

ARTventurers shortlisted in the WIN North East Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2017!

ARTventurers has been shortlisted in two categories in the WIN Awards 2017
*Small Business of the Year
*Creative Business of the Year

Fiona Simpson, founder and MD of ARTventurers has also been shortlisted in the “Inspire Me” category, recognising the work she does across the region supporting other local women in business.

The awards ceremony takes place on 27 October and winners will be announced on the night

August 2017

Ex teacher sets up Art classes for youngsters

Sarah of ARTventurers Colchester  gave up a career in teaching to launch her ARTventurers franchise!

You can read all about Sarah’s journey here


May 2017

ARTventurers scoops THE Top Award in National Franchise Awards!

We were over the moon when ARTventurers won not one but TWO awards in the Working Mums Top Franchise Awards 2017! We were not only names as Most Supportive Franchisor 2017 to recognise our investment in supporting and aiding our ARTventurers franchisees to grow and build their businesses, but we were also named overall Top Franchise 2017 which is AMAZING news!!!!!

You can find out more about the story of our awards win here


May 2017

Children have craft skills down to a fine art at library!

Caroline of ARTventurers Chester, Wrexham and Whitchurch and some of her ARTventurers had loads of arty fun when ARTventurers arrived to run some sessions at a local library – and here’s some fab photos from the Shropshire Star!


March 2017

ARTventurers named in bank study about the role of women in the North East economy

ARTventurers was named in research showing that Newcastle’s women-led businesses contributed £49m to the economy and created an additional 2,600 jobs in 2015, according to new findings by NatWest.

You can read the full story here

March 2017

South Tyneside grandmother gets set to expand art class business

In March 2017 after celebrating her first business birthday, Susan who runs her ARTventurers branch in the South Shields, Hebburn, Jarrow and East Gateshead areas decided to expand her business by taking on an extra franchise area

You can read all about Susan’s business plans here


October 2016

Top businesswomen shortlisted in North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Fiona and ARTventurers have made the final shortlist of just three in the North East Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2016, in the Creative Business Category. You can read the full story here

Winners will be announced at the end of October at the awards ceremony!!





February 2016

The Jarrow grandma who is helping babies enjoy art!

Susan launched her ARTventurers franchise in South Shield, East Gateshead, Hebburn and Jarrow after attending classes with her own granddaughter and loving the classes so much!

You can read all about Susan’s story in the press here