Four entrepreneurs from Greater London will launch the first ever UK-based Code Ninjas coding centre.

The Code Ninjas Pinner & Harrow centre will be operated by friends and colleagues Prasad Prabhakaran, Srinivasa Rao, Sridhar Bhat and Sharath Iyer.

The team will operate the business together, combining their experience in technology, finance, telecoms, operations and education.

“As a team, our skills are complementary, and our objectives are the same – we want to build a profitable business that will make an impact in our community,” says former technology executive Prasad.

“Kids coding programmes are in such high-demand across the board. In Pinner and Harrow specifically, there is an abundance of business professionals who understand the importance of technology and the benefit of programmes, like Code Ninjas, for their own children.”

The four friends recognised the business opportunity after attending a discovery day in May before securing their position as the UK’s first franchisees.

The firm said that customer enquiries are already coming through from parents keen to enrol their children in the programme, which offers after-school programmes and camps teaching children how to code by building video games.

David Graham, founder and CEO of Code Ninja said that the he expects more UK centres to launch soon.

“We’ve never had a franchisee come on board as quickly – it actually made Code Ninjas history,” he said.

“Coding is big business; parents are crying out for a fun, friendly portal for their children to develop this skill. It was a case of right place, right time for our expansion and we’re very excited to have welcomed our first UK franchisees into the fold.”