Simon Moran on the Franchisee Option for ELT Entrepreneurs

Today’s guest is Simon Moran. Simon is the owner of, and has been a successful franchisor for nearly 20 years. I chat to Simon about his background and the option of being a franchisee for teachers who might want to start a school.


Simon grew up in Whitley Bay, Northumberland, in the north east of England. He left in 1992. He travelled in Asia and Australasia, arriving back in England in 1995. He came to Japan later that year.

He worked for a small English school until 1998, when he started on his own. His first school was in the spare room in his apartment, and he did everything myself, from answering the phone, writing the copy for the ads, handing them out and of course, all the teaching.

Modern English opened their first franchise in 2003, and at the time of writing they have 12
schools in Japan, a variety of digital services for learners and teachers and publishes in Japan, Taiwan, China and the EU.

Simon Moran