Angela Pickup lives just outside York and has been the Principal of Razzamataz York since April 2011
Angela Pickup, age 55, lives just outside York. Angela has three children aged 37, 34 and 16. Angela has been the Principal of Razzamataz York since April 2011.
My daughter attended another theatre school but I wasn’t particularly happy with it. I took her out believing that I could find another one because I was prepared to travel but I couldn’t find anything that combined dancing, singing and drama. I remembered Razzamataz from Dragons’ Den so looked on the website to see where our local one was. I was disappointed to see there wasn’t one anywhere nearby but I did read up about the franchise options. After speaking to Denise and visiting her at Head Office, I made the immediate decision to buy a franchise. I could spot what a brilliant business model it was and knew it would benefit my daughter Holly.
I have held many senior positions in entertainment and leisure management.
This is the first time I have run my own business and it is something I’ve always wanted to do. I wanted the flexibility to be able to spend more time with my family and not work the very long hours I have done in my previous positions.
Personal savings and a business loan
The buzz of seeing children progressing through fun and learning is incredibly satisfying.
In previous jobs I have always held senior positions so I’ve not had to deal with the administration side of things. Previously I’ve had a PA and IT department but today I have to do it all myself which can be frustrating if there is a problem but it is something that I’m getting used to.
Be prepared to put in the hours because it such a learning curve especially in the beginning. Keep an eye on the competition, and keep ahead of trends to maintain the momentum, which is what will keep the students motivated.
I now discipline myself to have a catch up day on Monday where I sort through all the admin from the weekend. I keep Tuesdays and Thursdays for planning and PR and obviously deal with emails and phone calls as and when they come in. I make sure I take off one other day in the week so I’m not working 24/7, which gives a good mix of work and play.
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