Club Hub Awards 2023 – Finalists Announced

The CLUB HUB AWARDS 2023 FINALISTS have been announced!

Introducing the Club Hub Awards, the premier national recognition for activity providers. Unlike other awards, entry to the Club Hub Awards is exclusively through application forms, with no voting involved. The awards distinguish themselves by employing a distinguished panel of expert judges, who independently assess the submissions, shortlist the finalists, and ultimately choose the winners across various award categories.

The judges’ selection process focuses on key criteria such as unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and business growth. These qualities are demonstrated through outstanding business performance, remarkable achievements, adherence to brand values, and a genuine passion for their respective fields.

Spanning across 16 categories, the Club Hub Awards celebrate the best in the industry!

This year, there were a staggering 420 applications received, representing 215 businesses and encompassing a diverse range of children’s activities, clubs, and related enterprises.

The competition is fierce, with the standard of applications reaching unprecedented heights.

After careful consideration, the judges have shortlisted 93 exceptional finalists who truly embody the spirit of excellence and distinction within their respective fields.

We are beyond proud to announce the FINALISTS for babyballet!

babyballet have been nominated for the following four awards:

1. Family Business of the Year Award – babyballet – Claire O’Connor, Harry Scott-Peters, and Barbara Peters

This award is sponsored by Water Babies Bucks and Beds, the leading baby swim school in the UK.

2. Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Claire O’Connor

I have been nominated for this award, which is sponsored by Fun Fest Holiday Club.

3. Franchisee of the Year – babyballet Dartford Bexley Bromley – Jessie Lilley

Jessie Lilley has been nominated for this award, sponsored by Morton Michel.

4. Franchise of the Year with more than 15 franchisees – Claire O’Connor

Our incredible Founder and CEO, Claire, has been nominated for this award, which is open to franchise creators/owners with more than 15 franchisees. It recognises franchise businesses that possess the complete package of a ready-made business in the children’s activities industry and show exceptional performance.

This award is sponsored by The Franchise Business School.


Award winners will be announced at the Club Hub Event 2023, Saturday 13 May, at Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham. It’s a full-day event designed to help kids activity providers to grow their business through guest speakers, workshops and networking.

“Huge congratulations to all our 2023 finalists, I can’t wait to celebrate all your achievements at the Club Hub Event in May. The children’s activities industry is so important to so many and it is great to showcase the best of the best to the whole of the UK”.

Tessa Robinson, Founder and Director of Club Hub UK


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