People from all different walks of life can find themselves in franchising and for some who really embrace the concept, it can lead to an exciting career that leads to many wonderful opportunities.
Charlotte Young, the Principal of Razzamataz West Cumbria first became a franchisee in October 2006. Before opening her Razzamataz Theatre School, Charlotte was a professional dancer and singer. Charlotte has twice renewed her franchise agreement and has big expansion plans in place. Unusually, Charlotte’s mum Pam runs her own Razzamataz school in Dumfries and the pair regularly work together leading to them both having very successful businesses.
"I honesty don’t know where the time has gone. I have had my ups and downs over the years but I honestly can’t imagine ever doing anything else, Razz becomes part of you. First and foremost, I believe that Razzamataz brings such a positive impact to our students’ lives. Out ethos, format and curriculum is so exciting that I’ve seen time and again the results in the children we teach."
Charlotte re-launched her Razzamataz school last year from a mid-week school to a Saturday with the help and support from the team at Head Office:
"The business continues to evolve and develop to be the very best it can be. When I started, Razzamataz was only really known about in Cumbria and the North but now there are schools all over the UK. To see the success that has been achieved and all the incredible partnerships we have with the likes of The Stage, First Choice and Universal Studios is really amazing and this in turn gives the best experience for our students."
Charlotte now has a young son but the flexibility of being a Razzamataz franchisee means that she has been able to continue to grow and develop not only her business, but her own training as well:
"A few years back I became an accredited street dance teacher and at this year’s Move It I was able to represent Razzamataz by teaching some street dance workshops, which was incredible. The training, support and amazing people I have met along my journey so far, plus being able to work around my little boy and family commitments has been such a bonus."
Working flexible hours and being able to use her passion as her livelihood are the reasons for Charlotte’s continued enthusiasm and she would certainly recommend the franchise route to others providing you have enough passion:
"Don’t think that being a franchisee will allow you to sit back and do no work, it is essential to follow guidelines, training provided and take ownership over your franchise. Keep a positive mindset and you can create your own destiny!"
As well as the successful re-launch of her own school, Charlotte has been instrumental in shaping a new product. Razzamataz After School Clubs has been successfully piloted in primary schools in Cumbria and is now rolling out to schools across the country.
The sessions are run by qualified Razzamataz staff and will cover different elements of the performing arts including musical theatre, commercial pop and street dance. The lessons have been created inline with the National Curriculum and EYFS Guidelines for reception children.
"Being part of Razzamataz has given me so many opportunities, including arranging workshops with street dance crew Diversity. I’m very interested in social media and I’m lucky to also work with Head Office to create some really great videos showing our schools and students in action."
Razzamataz is actively looking to open further schools across the UK and in particular Aberdeen and Cardiff, where the team will be holding Discovery Den days, which give people the opportunity to meet the Head Office team and find out more about this franchise opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
It was 10 years ago that I left hairdressing and for anyone thinking that it is too late to change their careers I would say step out of your comfort zone and just do it. I never thought I would be able to and it’s the best thing I have done and wished I’d done it years ago!Pam Dixon, Razzamataz Dumfries
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