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Sew Fun Studios

Sew Fun Studios teaches the principles of fashion design and the art of sewing to children aged 6 – 17 years through creative camps, birthday parties, in-school classes, school tours and after-school classes. Sew Fun Studios also provides adult design and sewing classes and workshops, along with Sip n’ Sew events.

The goal at Sew Fun Studios is to celebrate the art of fashion design and sewing as a cool, relevant and creative activity for young people. We want children of all ages and ability levels to discover the joy of fashion design and sewing as a lifelong skill and ongoing creative expression.

We launched our first contemporary design studio in Wexford and plan to roll-out 30 Sew Fun Studios franchises across Ireland over the coming years.

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Bricks 4 Kidz

Karl is the Master Franchisee for Bricks 4 Kidz in Ireland.

Bricks 4 Kidz is an internationally renowned children’s enrichment franchise which currently operates in over forty countries. The company provides a fresh and fun way for kids to learn the fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by using LEGO® bricks in an imaginative and stimulating way. Their programmes are built around their proprietary model plans, with exciting themes that are relevant to children’s interests, all of which have been created by engineers and architects. Bricks 4 Kidz believe that children learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity.

The Bricks 4 Kidz business model consists of various profit centres which emerge from in-school, mobile and creativity centre activities, services include holiday camps, classes, workshops and parties to boys and girls aged 5-12 years.

Speaking about his decision to invest in this brand Karl said “I closely monitor international trends in the education sector and two areas that have emerged recently are the increased focus on teaching STEM, along with the need for creative and play based education. Bricks 4 Kidz stood out as a business that combined both of these elements and has already achieved phenomenal success across the globe”.

Ireland’s first Bricks 4 Kidz creativity centre opened in Wexford town in July 2015 and Karl plans to roll out Bricks 4 Kidz franchises across Ireland over the coming years. Bricks 4 Kidz is currently operating in South County Dublin, North County Dublin, Galway, Wexford, Donegal and Louth. A further five franchise locations will be awarded across Ireland during 2018.

Franchisees may be entitled to an income tax refund of up to 41% of the capital funding that they invest in a Bricks 4 Kidz franchise under SURE (Start-Up Refunds for Entrepreneurs). Franchisees may secure a refund of PAYE income tax that was paid over the previous six years.

The potential of Bricks 4 Kidz has been recognised by both Dragons’ Den investor, Gavin Duffy and Financial Advisor, Eddie Hobbs. On 1st February 2017, Ray D’Arcy revealed that LEGO is now the world’s most powerful brand. Ray praised the therapeutic benefits of LEGO and said in his view that it’s equivalent to mindfulness and meditation. He went on to say that “if somebody was to set up some sort of place where you go and just build LEGO all day, you’d get good results.



LEGO Serious Play Facilitator Ireland

Build your way to a better business by tapping into the hidden expertise within your organisation.

lego-serious-play-ireland-dublinKarl Fitzpatrick is a Certified Facilitator of the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY Methodology as developed and approved by the Association of Master Trainers.

LEGO SERIOUS PLAY® is a consultant service offered by a LEGO SERIOUS PLAY® Certified Facilitator. Its goal is to foster creative thinking through team building metaphors of their organisational identities and experiences using LEGO® products.

The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology is an innovative process designed to enhance innovation and business performance. Based on research which shows that this kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities, the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology deepens the reflection process and supports an effective dialogue – for everyone in the organisation.

For more information visit Bricks4Biz or call 1890 252 647 to discuss your organisations requirements today.

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Chevron Group

Innovation continues to be the hallmark of Karl’s approach to the development of Chevron. In 2010, Chevron launched Ireland’s first mobile training centre, this bespoke vehicle provides certified practical skills training across 26 counties. In 2013, Karl cre…

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Bricks 4 Kidz Emerges As Big Winner At Irish Franchise Awards

The 2018 Irish Franchise Awards were hosted in Clontarf Castle on Friday September 28th, where the internationally renowned Bricks 4 Kidz franchise was announced as the winner of Ireland’s Best Emerging Franchise Award.

The annual awards ceremony, which is organised by the Irish Franchise Association, recognises excellence in franchising and celebrates the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals in the Irish franchise sector.

Bricks 4 Kidz is a global educational play business, which teaches the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), to 3-13 year olds, using LEGO®.  With a presence in 45 countries worldwide, the concept has experienced phenomenal growth since it was introduced into the Irish market in 2015.

With franchisees located in Belfast, Donegal, Galway, Louth, North County Dublin, South County Dublin and Wexford, Bricks 4 Kidz bespoke curriculum and vast array of revenue streams has enabled the ever-increasing franchise network to build a sustainable business in their territory.

Speaking about the award win, the Master Franchisee for Bricks 4 Kidz in Ireland, Karl Fitzpatrick, stated “The Bricks 4 Kidz team is honoured and privileged to receive the prestigious Ireland’s Best Emerging Franchise Award.  Having identified educational play as a growing trend in the education sector, I am delighted that not only has the Irish public embraced the unique Bricks 4 Kidz curriculum, but the impressive growth trajectory which the business has enjoyed has now received the ultimate recognition on a national stage.”

Bricks 4 Kidz is actively recruiting new franchisees across Ireland and for more information about this award-winning franchise, visit or contact Peter Clark on

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Science Foundation Ireland accredits Bricks 4 Kidz workshops

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) promotes and supports the education in and engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), promoting an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and in particular, to the growth of opportunities for people and the future development of the economy.

Science Foundation Ireland has a network of Discover Centres offering accredited workshops and outreach programmes for primary schools on a range of themes encompassing Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Space. The network of Centres supports schools in engaging with science education outside of the classroom in a curriculum relevant and inquiry based way. Schools can gain credit towards their Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Awards by visiting a Centre. Bricks 4 Kidz has now become a Science Foundation Ireland accredited Discover Primary Science and Maths Centre.

In evaluating programmes, Science Foundation Ireland has reviewed the Bricks 4 Kidz programme content to ensure that specific learning objectives are achieved within the Primary Science curriculum and has identified how it supports the development of science skills.

In becoming an accredited Discover Centre, Karl Fitzpatrick, Master Franchisee for Bricks 4 Kidz in Ireland stated “We are delighted to have been accredited as a Discover Centre by Science Foundation Ireland as this provides Bricks 4 Kidz with the highest level of endorsement for the educational merits of our LEGO based STEM programmes.”

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Karl Fitzpatrick Receives Prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award

Today, The Rotary Club of Wexford presented local entrepreneur and Rotarian, Karl Fitzpatrick, with their coveted “Paul Harris Fellowship Award”.


The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians who in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplify the highest ideal in Rotary in placing service above self.


The Paul Harris Fellowship Award was bestowed on Karl due to the outstanding contribution which he has made to the Rotary’s renowned Youth Leadership Development competition. The Youth Leadership development competition recognises and celebrates the achievements and leadership qualities of students.


When presented with the award, Karl spoke of his delight and honour at being selected for this accolade and stated that he was humbled to join the Paul Harris Fellowship alumni.


Many notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.


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Karl Fitzpatrick is Guest Speaker at International Bricks 4 Kidz Conference at Sea

The 2017 Bricks 4 Kidz International Conference takes place on the Carnival Liberty cruise ship, sailing from Orlando to The Bahamas, on 9th-12th November 2017. In recognition of the success which Karl Fitzpatrick has had with Bricks 4 Kidz in Ireland, Karl has been invited to speak at this conference to the international network of Bricks 4 Kidz franchisees. The focus of Karl’s message will be on the importance and value of completing ongoing research within your territory.

Selecting the Model Location

Location, location, location¦.creating awesome Bricks 4 Kidz camps starts with choosing the best locations in your territory. This universally applicable how to seminar is the baseplate for franchisees to fill their camps faster and more frequently.


Building a Winning Schedule

The What, Where, When and How of building a winning schedule for Bricks 4 Kidz camps. By analysing your competitors, we will share proven strategies for devising the most effective camp schedule for your business.

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LEGO® Inspired Children’s Educational Play Franchise Builds on Success

Bricks 4 Kidz®, which uses the famous LEGO® bricks for educational play, is continuing to expand across the country, as it appoints a new franchise partner in South County Dublin.

Over the next four years, Bricks 4 Kidz will be awarding a further 25 franchises across Ireland.
Education Entrepreneur and the Master Franchisee for Bricks 4 Kidz® in Ireland, Karl Fitzpatrick, believes that this US franchise is a great opportunity for people looking to start a new business in the children’s or education sectors.
Bricks 4 Kidz® is an educational play franchise that uses the world’s most powerful brand, LEGO®, to teach children aged 3-16 years the fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Founded in Florida in 2008, Bricks 4 Kidz® has awarded over 750 franchises in 45 countries, which has seen it declared as one of the fastest growing franchises in the world. Bricks 4 Kidz has been shortlisted in the Best Emerging Franchise category of The 2017 Irish Franchise Awards.
The teaching of STEM through educational play is an emerging trend within the global education sector and Bricks 4 Kidz® is at the forefront of this. The business model is underpinned by the comprehensive curriculum which has been developed by the Bricks 4 Kidz® team of engineers, architects and educators using LEGO® bricks, Technic® and Mindstorms® Robotics.
The concept is surprisingly scalable with over 20 revenue streams including seasonal camps, birthday parties, pre-school classes, in-school workshops and after school classes. Bricks 4 Kidz® offers a low cost, proven business model, with year round income and recurring revenue streams. Franchise partners receive training and continuous support across all areas of their business.
Mr Fitzpatrick added: “We are delighted to have awarded the South County Dublin franchise to Elaine Bowden. She brings with her a wealth of experience from her time with Microsoft and will prove to be a formidable brand ambassador for Bricks 4 Kidz in South County Dublin. We would love to hear from more ambitious people like Elaine.”

For more information, visit or email Peter Clark

This article appeared on the Sunday Independent on 23rd April 2017.

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Bricks 4 Kidz to open 30 new Irish outlets

‘Creative play’ aims to foster STEM interest’

The children’s play franchise Bricks 4 Kidz is set for a €3 million expansion in Ireland, with Wexford education entrepreneur Karl Fitzpatrick planning to license 30 new outlets within the next three years. Fitzpatrick said that he was already in advanced discussions with potential franchisees for the ‘creative play’ product.

Fitzpatrick opened the first centre in Wexford in recent weeks. The concept is built around teaching children the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) using LEGO bricks.

He said that start-up costs for each franchise were in the region of €100,000, and that he hoped to create 150 jobs through the rollout of the network. Fitzpatrick already runs a successful training business in Wexford.

The Bricks 4 Kidz business has evolved into a network of hundreds of franchises in the US. “I closely monitor international trends in the education sector, and the teaching of STEM through educational play has become a priority for governments worldwide,” he said.

“Bricks 4 Kidz stood out as a business that combined both of these elements, and has already achieved phenomenal success across the globe,” Fitzpatrick said. “If you can get kids switched on at an early age, then they go on and study those subjects in school and college.”

In addition to running indoor educational play centres, Fitzpatrick said that school visits could be arranged. “You can deliver it into schools, but the teachers haven’t been trained on it, so we’ll be doing educational play in schools and running after school classes there also,” he said.

26th July 2015 by Jack Horgan-Jones