31st October 2017
Buying a franchise business is soaring in popularity but for some people the security of buying an existing franchise is even more appealing. Now there is a rare opportunity to purchase an established part-time theatre school in Balfron, near Stirling, Scotland, which is part of a Dragons’ Den backed franchise business that has been in operation since 2000.
Razzamataz Balfron has been established since 2012. The current owner, Mark Long, has combined being the school Principal with being a professional performer and although he has loved his time at the helm, now feels it is the right time to move on.
"I have loved every minute of being a Principal but feel the timing is right to move on to a new venture in my life. The students really do make the job special. Watching them grow up as people and performers is incredible and to feel that you are playing a part in shaping them is the most rewarding feeling. I have also loved the responsibility and the excitement that comes with being the Principal."
Currently Razzamataz Balfron is based at Balfron High School which has its own 240 seat-theatre plus a dance studio, making it an ideal venue for a performing arts school. However, due to the size of the territory, there is also a fantastic opportunity to move Razzamataz to Stirling, which has a massive population to really expand the school and increase the classes offered.
"The sky is the limit with this school due to the geography of the territory. Stirling offers a lot in terms of setting up a new school. It is easily accessible in terms of location, lots of opportunities in terms of marketing with so much going on all year round in the City and we already have good relationships with The Stirling Observer."
The ideal candidate will have the drive and determination to build on the work that Mark has already put into the school. A performing arts or business background is not a necessary requirement because Razzamataz will provide all the training needed to make the theatre school a success if the franchisee follows the tried and tested marketing methods.
"Razzamataz is a great investment due to the network of support you have from Head Office as well as all the other franchisees. There's also great training for the job which leaves you feeling very prepared for any of the challenges you may face as a Principal. I have become a much better businessman due to working with other great Principals within the franchise and also taking advantage of all the consistently brilliant training that Razzamataz Head Office provides. The biggest thing I've learnt is how important the job that we do is. I have watched students start at Razzamataz with no confidence go on to do great things once they leave. There is no greater job satisfaction than witnessing this first hand and I am so proud and happy that I chose to do this for the last five years of my life."
Since appearing on BBCs Dragons’ Den, Razzamataz has gone from strength to strength, boasting high profile partnerships and almost 50 schools up and down the country.
The success of many of the Razzamataz schools is largely due to being part of a franchise network as Mark explains:
"Although you have the creativity to run your own business, you have the resources of a highly successful organisation right at your fingertips. The includes high level partnerships with the likes of Disneyland Paris, Eurocamp, The Stage, Her Majesty’s Theatre and the Indigo at the 02."
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.
3rd July 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools will be hosting a gala performance at the indigo at The 02 on Sunday 18th November 2018.
29th June 2017
In the Smith & Henderson survey Razzamataz Theatre Schools was scored so highly that they received a 5 Star Franchise Satisfaction Award.
12th May 2017
Throughout the UK Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchisees are offering fun and affordable summer schools.
10th May 2017
After her diagnosis and the care she received from the NHS, Ellie Channer was determined to give something back.
27th April 2017
Aspiring performing artists can win a year's place at a local Razzamataz Theatre School with The Stage newspaper.
24th April 2017
The Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise is delighted to be welcomed into the British Franchise Association (bfa).
20th April 2017
A dance competition is to be held to celebrate the launch of the new Razzamataz Performing Arts classes at Eurocamp.
16th March 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools is proud to be sponsoring Rock Challenge in various venues across the UK.
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
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 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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