Whether you are looking to launch your first business, or are an experienced professional looking for a career change, a franchise opportunity is available that offers all the support you need whatever stage of life you are at.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools is a part-time performing arts franchise that attracts franchisees from all walks of life. The only thing they need in common is a strong commitment to the performing arts, a love of inspiring young people and a positive attitude towards running their own business.
Lyndsey Winstanley, age 37, was a full time teacher and it was on a holiday to Tunisia where she first got the idea of changing careers.
"My daughter attended the Razzamataz summer holiday club at the First Choice Holiday we were at, which was the first time I had heard about Razzamataz," explains Lyndsey. "Although I’ve never ran my own business before, it was something that I was always interested in."
Although Lyndsey doesn’t have a background in performing, she taught dance, singing and drama as part of the curriculum at school and also put on end of term shows.
Once she learned more about what Razzamataz could offer, she was very eager to explore the options and was keen to have the flexibility that becoming a franchisee could offer to allow her to spend more time with her family. Lyndsey took out a business loan to finance buying Razzamataz Liverpool South that she launched in September 2015.
Not having run a business before, everything has been a steep learning curve although she has had a huge amount of support from Head Office.
"The support manager is only a call away if you need advice and the other franchisees are very helpful," says Lyndsey. "Having limited business experience means that the advice has been invaluable.
Be prepared to work hard and put in long hours, especially during the run up to the launch. You really get out what you put in."
Frances Nicholson, age 21 has recently taken over Razzamataz Hampstead. Although she has only recently graduated, she has a wealth of performing arts experience and combines being the new Principal with performing professionally.
"I’ve always wanted to run my own business and started to look into franchises," explains Frances. "I saw an advert for Razzamataz and that was the first time I had thought about a theatre school franchise."
Not having run a business before, the structure and sound training in every element of running a theatre school that the Head Office offered was very important to Frances.
"The support from the other franchisees has really helped too," says Frances. "Having them to help and guide you along the way is very important. They have been through what you are doing and they know what works and what doesn’t."
Working with the students is something that Frances is extremely excited about.
"The best thing about being a Razzamataz Principal is getting to know the children and working with them, watching them grow in confidence and making new friends. I hope that I as a Principal can pass on my knowledge of the Industry and guide them to be the best performers they can be."
Like every new business, facing up to the competition is something that Frances is aware of although this hasn’t deterred here.
"In London, you could be sharing the same venue as another theatre school. As a re-launch school I also have the challenges of getting to know the staff and establishing how I would like the school to run. But I see these as opportunities to show how I will develop and improve the school and I’m excited to put my own mark on it."
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.
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
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
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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