A DANCE teacher has scooped an award for being a top female franchisee.

Charlotte Foxley runs Diddi Dance North Essex and South Suffolk, which hosts dance classes for pre-school age children and those with disabilities, including in Colchester, Lawford and Harwich.

She started her franchise in 2015 and now has a team of six teachers running 20 classes, including those for wheelchair users.

Earlier this month she was announced Woman Franchisee of the Year at the National NatWest EWIF awards in London.

The event aims to celebrate women in the world of business.

Charlotte, said: “Thrilled is an understatement! I am so proud of how my Diddi Dance has grown over the years particularly with the development of classes for children and young people with special needs, an area close to my heart.

“I am especially proud of my wheelchair dance classes which are our latest offering.

“I have a fantastic team of teachers who work with me and love Diddi Dance as much as I do.

“I have used my personal experiences of being a SEN mum to Charlie, 11, who has a rare genetic disorder causing learning difficulties, to provide a fun and valuable service to children with special needs in my local area.”

EWIF, Encouraging Women into Franchising, is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, providing advice and guidance to anyone looking to break into the franchise industry.