Angela Pickup, age 55, lives just outside York. Angela has three children aged 37, 34 and 16. Angela has been the Principal of Razzamataz York since April 2011.
My daughter attended another theatre school but I wasn’t particularly happy with it. I took her out believing that I could find another one because I was prepared to travel but I couldn’t find anything that combined dancing, singing and drama. I remembered Razzamataz from Dragons’ Den so looked on the website to see where our local one was. I was disappointed to see there wasn’t one anywhere nearby but I did read up about the franchise options. After speaking to Denise and visiting her at Head Office, I made the immediate decision to buy a franchise. I could spot what a brilliant business model it was and knew it would benefit my daughter Holly.
I have held many senior positions in entertainment and leisure management.
This is the first time I have run my own business and it is something I’ve always wanted to do. I wanted the flexibility to be able to spend more time with my family and not work the very long hours I have done in my previous positions.
Personal savings and a business loan
The buzz of seeing children progressing through fun and learning is incredibly satisfying.
In previous jobs I have always held senior positions so I’ve not had to deal with the administration side of things. Previously I’ve had a PA and IT department but today I have to do it all myself which can be frustrating if there is a problem but it is something that I’m getting used to.
Be prepared to put in the hours because it such a learning curve especially in the beginning. Keep an eye on the competition, and keep ahead of trends to maintain the momentum, which is what will keep the students motivated.
I now discipline myself to have a catch up day on Monday where I sort through all the admin from the weekend. I keep Tuesdays and Thursdays for planning and PR and obviously deal with emails and phone calls as and when they come in. I make sure I take off one other day in the week so I’m not working 24/7, which gives a good mix of work and play.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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