Razzamataz Theatre Schools is a franchise business which gives franchisees the opportunity to run their own part-time performing arts schools but within a time structure that suits them, making it ideal for mums who want to be able to balance a rewarding career with looking after their children.
Razzamataz has many proven systems, procedures and operating documents for their franchisees that have proved to work time and again. From press releases that you can send to your local newspapers to advertising and marketing plans, Razzamataz will help you every step of the way, making the business ideal for those who have been out of the work place for a while bringing up children.
Meet some successful mum Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchisees, who combine having their own rewarding business with being mums to children ranging from newborns to college students.
Claire has taught at numerous dance and theatre schools across the East Midlands as well as working as a dancer and choreographer before having her daughters.
"I launched in September 2011 when my daughter Holly was six and Freya had just turned one! It was difficult in the early days and involved lots of late nights and grabbing bits of time as and when I could. My business has grown as my girls have so now my youngest is at nursery I have two full days in the office. The rest is still a bit of a juggling act but can easily be fitted in around my children.
When both children are at school full time, I will be able to structure my week even better and hopefully limit the late night working sessions! Not that I am wishing the time away, the early years are so precious and running my Razzamataz School has allowed me to combine being a mummy and running a business.
The best aspect of being my own boss is flexibility. Although having structure is important the majority of the work can be done at anytime. If things don't go according to plan (as all of us with children know happens!) I can always be there for them. If they are poorly or something special is happening at school, I can be there - without having a boss to answer to!
With Razzamataz only being open during term time this also allows me to spend school holidays with my children. Not only having quality time with them but also avoiding extra childcare costs. Although don't get me wrong -there is often work to be done during the holidays too, to ensure the success of the following term. That's when my juggling skills come back into play! But I really wouldn't have it any other way.
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."
Shelley made the move from ex-professional performer and fitness expert to full-time entrepreneur with multiple schools in just one year. Shelley has a baby girl, Ayiana age 15 months, and runs Razzamataz Wokingham and Woodley.
"After working in Musicals all my life I had no savings or financial security to start my own business. Razzamataz offered an attractive finance package that I was able to pay off termly without even noticing as my schools were so successful.
Now I am able to juggle being a mummy and work in an industry that I am so very passionate about and now the finance is paid off I am starting to reap the benefits.
Both my businesses had quite humble launches that then doubled in size that first term. The run up to launch can be very stressful, rewarding, exciting and nerve wrecking. Head office provided some excellent ‘launch planners’. I need to have things sent to me in bite size chunks and these check lists really helped me."
Former professional actress and full time mum, Lisa had no business background before launching Razzamataz in Rickmansworth.
"After having the children, I took a back seat with my acting career in order to be there on a regular basis for the boys but as they got older, I really wanted to pursue my own dreams.
I remembered Razzamataz from Dragons’ Den and after some research, felt that it was the right option for us as a family. The support and training I get means that I can get help and advice on any aspect of our business and although it has been hard at times, 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."
Hayley Limpkin opened full on day one after giving up a high-flying corporate career. She has won various awards and currently runs flagship schools Razzamataz Medway and Maidstone and has recently had a baby boy.
"Focus on the things that matter most, that is your customers and your product - keep the classes fresh, funky and exciting, treat your customers (i.e. students / parents / contacts at the papers / local schools) how you would want to be treated and create plenty of exciting opportunities for them.
I’m currently on maternity leave but I have built up such a fantastic team of staff that I can be assured that the quality of teaching and management is excellent in my absence."
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.
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.
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.
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