A CHELMSFORD-based business is celebrating two years as a successful franchise.

In December 2015, Kelly Monksfield, of Chelmsford, bought the first ever Sounds Right Phonics franchise.

The classes, which are devised by Chelmsford sisters Alex Burnside and Charlie Day, had been running for a year and after their initial success the sisters had decided to franchise their business.

Kelly said: ‘It was a huge risk for me leaving the security of a job being a teaching assistant, but I was ready for a new challenge and as soon as I met Charlie and Alex I knew that this was the company for me.’

Charlie added: “We were so lucky to have Kelly onboard our Sounds Right Phonics team from the beginning of our franchising journey. When we met Kelly we knew she was the right person to pilot our franchise and when she said yes we were delighted. Kelly believed in us right from the beginning and we will always be really grateful for that.”