Gemma Hextall, 22 and Nicholas Furlong, 23, both from Leicestershire are amongst the two newest franchisee owners at Razzamataz Theatre Schools.
The pair have finished their degrees at the same time as setting up the part-time theatre school and showed how to dive straight into business.
Gemma and Nicholas have recently jointly taken over Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield and will combine their knowledge of performing arts with the support they receive from Razzamataz to successfully run the school.
Both Gemma and Nicholas hold a Ba Hons degree in applied theatre (community and education) that they have only just completed (2015). Part of the course involved applying drama skills to help the community including working with Age Concern on a 12-week project for those living with dementia.
As well as both being performers, Gemma is a musician and Nicholas is a drama teacher. Having worked and studied together for the last five years, Gemma and Nick decided to set up a business together. They explained that they have a good understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses and are each skilled in the areas the other isn't.
"We have always wanted to run our own business as our parents both do so it comes naturally," explained Gemma. "Razzamataz is the first business we have owned and we are looking forward to developing the school and making it a fun place to be for both staff and students."
Gemma and Nicholas financed the Razzamataz franchise through their own personal savings and have already learned much about running a business.
"Be prepared and have time to set the school up properly," says Nicholas. "All of the resources that you will need are provided by the Razzamataz Head Office and they are there for any back up or advice and can share their years’ of experience in running theatre schools. Having two heads is better than one!"
To celebrate 15 years of business, Razzamataz is offering a special promotion with a £2,015 reduction for 2015, making the franchise fee £7,980 plus VAT.
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 from Head Office is fantastic and they are always there to listen and to guide you through. You are getting advertising/marketing ideas, contacts and systems provided for you that you may not have if you were to open an independent school.Amy Latchman, Razzamataz Rickmansworth.
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
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.
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