Two young people have taken their future into their own hands and launched a business that combines their passion with a strong commercial record.
Emma Louise Campbell, 26, originally from Northumberland but now living in Cambridge is the newest franchisee owner of Razzamataz Cambridge, a part-time theatre school that gained national recognition after an appearance on Dragons’ Den in 2007.
Emma Louise has been involved with performing arts from an early age and has gained her BA (hons) and MA in dance as well as performing professionally as a dancer and choreographer in the UK and abroad.
Although she has a strong performing arts background, this will be the first time she has run a business.
Emma Louise explains:
"I don’t have any previous business experience so this is definitely a new challenge. I feel that the support that a franchise can offer me is the key to starting and being successful running my own business."
Emma Louise financed the Razzamataz franchise through personal savings and she is most looking forward to playing a part in the students’ growth and development.
"I’m looking forward to providing new and exciting experiences for students and I’m glad that Head Office are there to provide support and back up."
Each new Razzamataz franchisee will come along to a training week at the Carlisle Head Office to learn about all aspects of running a part-time theatre school.
“The training week was particularly useful, and it was a great opportunity to ask questions and meet other Principals and the Head Office team,” adds Emma Louise. “There are times it can be quite overwhelming so I try to remind myself to take one step at a time. I feel lucky to work in such a varied and exciting environment while having the support from Head Office to turn to.”
Lauren Kirkbride, who has just turned 23, is a former student of Razzamataz and has just joined the franchise business as the Principal of Razzamataz Penrith.
Whilst studying at university, Lauren got back in touch with Razzamataz and was lucky enough to travel to Majorca and Turkey on the First Choice contracts, which is where she learnt a bit more about the business side of Razzamataz and what it has to offer.
"I have always liked the idea of running my own business, so when the opportunity of combining my love for performing arts with running my own business came up, I felt it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss. I was very keen on being part of a network and the fact that I’m not completely on my own feel reassuring. There’s always someone to ask if I’m unsure about anything and the support from Head Office is absolutely great."
Lauren financed her franchise through savings and a small business loan.
"After working with Razzamataz for a number of years I am so excited to have my own school in my local town. I am looking forward to being able to provide the children with memorable experiences and I really enjoy seeing how much fun the students will have.
I think the most difficult aspects of running a business is keeping yourself motivated and organised. During my run up to the launch, Head Office have been extremely supportive and provided a launch planner which has definitely kept me organised and feeling confident about plans ahead. It can be quite daunting in the first few months but Head Office break everything down so everything is manageable. I learnt so much at training and all my queries and questions were answered by the end of the week."
|To celebrate 15 years of business, Razzamataz is offering a special promotion with a £2,015 reduction for 2015, making the franchise fee £7,980 plus VAT.|
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
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
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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