Louise Allen, age 25, lives just outside Cambridge. Louise has been the Principal of Razzamataz Cambridge since 2010.
Initially I watched them on Dragons’ Den and then my dad, who is an accountant, read about them in the press. When he told me about it, we both thought it sounded like an exciting opportunity.
Dancer, choreographer and dance teacher.
Yes I have. Maybe because my dad runs his own business and I’ve seen how it has grown. He is a real inspiration to me and has given me the courage to take on a business at a young age.
Savings and loan.
Seeing how much the students have accomplished, especially the ones that have been with you a while. Positive feedback from parents about how they have grown in confidence is also a wonderful part of my job.
You always need to plan for the future and keep ahead of the game. I often plan up to a year in advance, which takes some time to get used to.
Research the area that you are looking to target and take a close look at the competition to see how long they have been established and how you can get your foot in the door and promote our brand. Think about the contacts you already have and how you can use them to your best advantage.
On the whole I like to delegate days to specific tasks but if there is something big coming up I will focus my energy there.
Many people have have found a rewarding long term career through franchising with Razzamataz Theatre Schools.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise, with almost 50 schools throughout the UK, has many retired performers as Principals.
Nick Furlong and Gemma Hextall bought Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield in June 2015.
Jessica Chandler Smith has seen her Razzamataz franchise in Brentwood achieve huge success in just a few short weeks.
Lauren Kirkbride joined Razzamataz Theatre Schools as a student and now runs her own franchise.
The new Principals at Razzamataz are all set for their September openings after completing a week long extensive training session.
Shanley Booth launched Razzamataz Derby in 2007 and has renewed her franchise agreement for a further five years.
Michael French launched Razzamataz Barnet in April 2012 and has recently renewed his franchise agreement for a further five years.
Debbi Ledwith, Principal of Razzamataz Newbury, launched her school to allow her to spend more time with her three children.
Proving that age is really just a number, Pam Dixon, has run her Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise since 2008.
Charlotte Young, the Principal of Razzamataz West Cumbria first became a franchisee in October 2006.
The Razzamataz Theatre Schools network continues to grow with the launch of two new London schools as well as a school in the North East.
At Razzamataz's recent training week, three new franchisees who have bought franchise re-sales, joined the franchisees who are launching in new territories.
Razzamataz have a number of franchisees who are either former teachers or combining part-time teaching with being a Razzamataz franchisee.
The support and training we get means that we can get help on any aspect of our business. It has also been a fantastic and rewarding way of working, allowing me to continue to be there for the family while running my own business.Lisa Roberts, Razzamataz Rickmansworth
I specifically wanted to go for a franchise, and in particular Razzamataz because of the support from Head Office and other Principals. This is a network of theatre school owners so you are in business for yourself but not by yourself.Alison Beveridge, Razzamataz Durham.
Buying into a franchise is an excellent way to begin running your own business. You have all the benefits of working for yourself but the added support and proven success of a well established and recognised brand. For a person new to business, it is ideal.Helen Green, Razzamataz Sheffield
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