In 2008 Mark and Alison Simpson embarked on opening their first Funky Monkeys in Ireland , in a place called Lurgan, Co.Armagh. Their vision was to develop Funky Monkeys as the best and most successful childrens indoor soft play cafe throughout the whole of Ireland.
Since opening their first store in Lurgan they have opened a further 7 centres, Downpatrick in 2009, Kennedy Centre in West Belfast & Newtownabbey both in 2010, Larne and Dungannon in 2011, Cityside Belfast and Junction One in Antrim in 2012.
Prior to Funky Monkeys, Mark and Alison’s experience lies in the world of accountancy as well as more recently running three coffee bar franchises. The experience they gained in both has helped them develop Funky Monkeys into a very successful business model.
Funky Monkeys is more than just a play centre!
Aimed at children 8 years and under we have recognised that children can learn and develop their minds through play and therefore our equipment was designed specifically with this ethos in mind.
As well as satisfying the kids, Funky Monkeys offers parents an environment in which they can relax while their child explores and navigates their way around the equipment. Parents can read “todays” newspapers whilst enjoying the finest cappuccino.
Have you got what it takes to become a Funky Monkeys Franchise Owner?
We are currently looking for ambitious entrepreneurs interested in running their own business. We are ultimately looking for people with the right attitude and a strong work ethic as we are confident that our in-depth and structured training will prepare you for business.
Apart from a turnkey business ready to go and all the training to make it a great success you will receive unrivalled Business Development and Marketing mentoring and support on an ongoing basis. You will also benefit from the great financial savings through our designated supply chain.
If you have any feedback whatsoever or any questions please feel free to contact Mark and Alison by emailing
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