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National Work Life Week gives the opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being and creating a good work-life balance.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusAssociate
  • UK Years Established18 years
  • Current UK Coverage30%
  • Franchisee Support Staff10
  • Personal Investment Req.£6,000
  • Total Startup Cost£11,994
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
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Work Life Week: Getting the Balance Right

2nd October 2017

Work Life Week: Getting the Balance Right

Pam Dixon, Principal of Razzamataz Dumfries and students

National Work-Life Week 2017 took place on the 2nd to 6th October and gave the opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being and creating a good work-life balance.

As the stresses of modern life prevail, more and more people are deciding that their priority is their wellbeing and not career progression. But you can have both as owners of a part-time theatre school franchise explain.

Michael French, franchisee owner of Razzamataz Barnet, explains:
"Having the flexibility of putting in the hours I want, when I want, has enabled me stay in the industry I love and has allowed me to continuing performing.  I would recommend a franchise business to anyone who is looking into opening a business but has no knowledge of how to do it. The biggest benefit of being part of a franchise is having a helping hand as to how, where, why and when we do things."

For many franchisees, the opportunity to work from home or their chosen location is also a major benefit. The average UK employee who commutes now spends almost 53 minutes per day on the journey to and from work. This accounts for four hours and 24 minutes per week for the typical full-time employee. Londoners have the longest average commute at 75 minutes.

Claire Blower, franchisee owner of Razzamataz Mansfield and Nottingham, explains:
"When I look at other mums at the school gates, dashing to and from work, I realise how lucky I am.  I do something I absolutely love which fits around my main job 'being mum!' Working from home benefits family life with the small things too. Being able to hang the washing out and prepare the evening meal are very simple things which can become much more stressful when you're away from home all day."

For parents, getting the balance right is even more of a priority as Debbi Ledwith, formerly Head of Performing Arts at a school in Basingstoke, explains:
"Due to a change in my personal circumstances, I wanted to spend more time with my three young children, and needed more flexibility in my working life than teaching could give me."

A friend of Debbi’s introduced her to Razzamataz and after meeting the Head Office team, she decided to invest in her own theatre school franchise:
"I love having my own business and being my own boss.  I am working towards the position where I can do it full time, so that I can really devote my creative mind to growing my school. My three children attend Razzamataz and are really enjoying it. I am able to do my work when they are in bed, so I don’t lose any time with them."

With the advent of modern technology, workers can make anywhere an office and find a structure that suits their lifestyle. Pam Dixon, grandmother of five and Principal of Razzamataz Dumfries spent the majority of her working life as a hairdresser and as a receptionist in a busy salon:
"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 love being able to help my children and spend time with my grandchildren. Being a Razzamataz Principal allows me to do a job I love but it also really suits my lifestyle."

Razzamataz is thrilled to have a wide range of franchisees within the network. These include mums combining bringing up their children with a rewarding career, college graduates, retired performers and those looking to change direction in their work life.

For new franchisees, Razzamataz has a special offer of just £7,995 (£2,000 saving) to launch a Razzamataz theatre school.

To find out more about franchise opportunities with Razzamataz Theatre Schools just click below

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What Our Franchisees Say

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


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


Why Choose Us

Affordable part time performing arts lessons

TWO franchises for the price of ONE!

One of Dragons Den most successful investments!

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