Sam Bradshaw hit break-even point after his first term in London in May 2012 against a background of stiff competition.
Sam, aged 26, has been running his own children’s party entertainment business for five years and has been able to combine this with successfully launching Razzamataz Hampstead.
Constant persistence and spreading the marketing as wide as possible. In the London area it is extremely competitive and therefore a lot of newspaper adverts haven't worked for me but attending events are much more successful.
I would visit at least two Razzamataz schools before training. I would also research the area and the competition in great detail before starting but these are all things that Head Office advises also.
I have learnt that the system only works if you make it. Marketing is key but that doesn't necessarily mean spending lots of money. Just find what works for you.
Plan and rehearse your speech. Make lists of things you need to have with you. Also make sure you book a photographer for the day. Mine was brilliant and it was key to making my business look successful and to show to potential students after the launch day. Be thinking to the future all the time.
I would like to open a second school next year and at this rate I will need to.
Face to face marketing is key in London because it really requires that personal touch so Fun Days and Fetes are very important. Get the children performing and the business will sell its self.
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.
I don’t have a business background so after deciding to retire from professionally performing it was the memories of Razzamataz on Dragons’ Den that set the wheels in motion. I was really inspired by the brand and the business model and because it is a franchise business we receive a lot of help and support from Head Office as well as on-going training so I can make Razzamataz Barnet the success that I believe it can be. In the last 12 months, I have doubled my student numbers in a very competitive market and I have now clear plans on how I would like my business to progress this year.Michael French, Razzamataz Barnet
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