4th July 2018
Known as the biggest and most influential event in the franchising world, Razzamataz was delighted to be among the winners at the British Franchise Association (bfa) Awards 2018.
Hayley Limpkin, Founding Principal and now co-owner of Razzamataz Medway was shortlisted by the esteemed panel of judges in the 'Lifestyle Franchisee of the Year' category and took the title on the night, beating off stiff competition.
The Award showcased franchisees who bought into franchising to get a better work life balance and through their enterprising nature and franchisor’s support were able to produce excellent results.
Hayley is a perfect example of this with her Medway school, which now boasts more than 530 students on a Saturday. Hayley opened her school in September 2010 after working in a lead marketing agency for seven years. She decided to swap the busy corporate life for her dream of owning her own theatre school. Having studied franchising as part of her Masters, she was attracted to the strong and credible brand that Razzamataz has.
In November 2014, Hayley’s young son had a very serious illness which led her to reconsider the structure of her schools. The support from her amazing team and the advice from Head Office allowed Hayley to take the time she needed to be with her child during all his important hospital visits.
"I strongly believe that if I had continued in my corporate career, there would have been no way that I could have continued to work after Finlay’s diagnosis. The wonderful thing about being in a Razzamataz franchise is that we can build our own teams and create the flexibility that works for every individual."
As a finalist, Hayley was invited to be interviewed in front of the judges to explain in more detail her franchise journey. The judges were: Brian Smart QFP, (Chair of the Judges), Pip Wilkins QFP, Chief Executive, bfa, Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising, HSBC, Jane Masih, Director, Owen White Solicitors, Alan Wilkinson QFP, Head of UK Franchise Development, The Franchising Centre and Derrick Simpson, bfa Companion.
"Hayley identified a strong passion and franchising enabled her to achieve success in business where she herself admitted she may not have been able to as quickly had she have done it herself. Faced with significant challenges in her personal life she then had to think strategically and identify a way in which she could balance home and work life. Not only did Hayley do so successfully but she became more impactful in the process. Splitting the business and utilising the strengths and skills of two partners has enabled more strategic thinking time and an opportunity to see ways of maximising her already successful business. This wasn’t an example of someone achieving a balance and being comfortable, it was an example of achieving a balance and refocusing on continual expansion in tandem."
The judges and everyone who attended the Awards, including other franchisees and franchisors, were so impressed with Hayley, that they also chose to give her the title of 'People’s Choice Franchisee of the Year 2018'. All the attendees were given the chance to vote for one person and Hayley’s story inspired many to make her the winner for a second time in the evening.
The bfa Awards are a celebration of excellence in franchising, highlighting success in all its various forms. They are the oldest and most celebrated in the UK franchise sector, running for nearly 30 years.
"What Hayley and her team have achieved in Medway is wonderful and testament to their hard work and the strong ethos of our Razzamataz brand. Hayley’s story about flexibility and being able to work around her family is typical of many of our other franchisee’s experiences so it is even more special that this is something that we have been recognised for. We are incredibly proud of Hayley and her wonderful team."
Helen Bell, Principal of Razzamataz Sheffield was also shortlisted by the esteemed panel of judges for 'Young Franchisee of the Year'. This was a huge achievement in a very competitive category, especially for Helen who completed the application and interview while on maternity leave.
Denise and Charlotte Young, who is part of the Head Office team are also undertaking the Qualified Franchise Professional (QFP), which is the formal recognition of professional knowledge and experience in franchising.
28th June 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools is offering a special financing incentive for new franchisees.
15th June 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools have developed a training system that works for all.
12th June 2018
Are working-class children are being denied the opportunity to participate in Performing Arts due to rising costs of training?
4th June 2018
Two Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchisees have been announced as finalist in bfa awards.
14th May 2018
Razzamataz was delighted to exclusively host Kerry Ellis’s singing and performing masterclasses in Scotland, Sheffield and London for its students.
1st May 2018
Razzamataz discuss franchisees exit strategy because with the right support in place the potential resale value is an exciting prospect.
27th April 2018
To add to its long list of awards, incentives and support initiatives, Razzamataz Theatre Schools has launched a new incentive for franchisees.
24th April 2018
Razzamataz Early Years Franchise has been created for people wanting to work in the children’s performing arts industry.
3rd April 2018
Students from Razzamataz Tonbridge got the opportunity to dance with Darcey Bussell.
23rd March 2018
Razzamataz Theatre School in Sutton Coldfield are supporting a Ugandan student to attend school.
22nd March 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools is backing ITV’s This Morning’s newly launched Be Kind Campaign.
13th March 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools has joined the ranks of the elite after their own franchisees provided feedback for an industry survey for a second year in a row.
23rd February 2018
To help to encourage youngsters to try something new, Razzamataz Theatre Schools is hosting a National Bring a Friend Day.
8th February 2018
Teamwork triumphed at the, Dragons' Den backed, Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise conference.
23rd January 2018
Aspiring Razzamataz performers are given the chance to work with a top industry professional.
18th December 2017
Razzamataz have started preparation for GDPR already so they have plenty of time to make sure their Principals are fully up to date when the new regulations come into force in May 2018.
1st December 2017
Razzamataz students travelled to Disneyland® Paris for a special performance opportunity.
27th October 2017
Youngsters from Razzamataz Cambridge will be performing alongside Collabro.
20th October 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools children take part in a special performance during Disneyland® Paris anniversary.
16th October 2017
Youngsters from Razzamataz Theatre Schools have been raising money for the company’s charity Future Fund.
9th October 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools fully support the development of the hundreds of teachers who work across the network of theatre schools.
2nd October 2017
National Work Life Week gives the opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being and creating a good work-life balance.
18th September 2017
Scholarship winners will be taking up their places with their local Razzamataz schools in September.
21st August 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools allow children to find their place in the world through performing arts.
1st August 2017
Razzamataz franchise has once again supported its students in helping them achieve their professional dreams of working in the performing arts industry.
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
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
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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