8th February 2018
It is said that 'teamwork makes the dream work' and that couldn’t be more true than at the recent Conference for the BBC’s Dragons' Den backed theatre school franchise.
Many entrepreneurs state that running your own business can sometimes feel like a lonely place to be. The biggest advantage of being part of a franchise network is that it allows you to create the business that you want but with the support of a vibrant network.
At the annual Razzamataz Theatre Schools Conference, the theme was exploring the many benefits of teamwork. Throughout the day, the hashtag #WinningTeams was prominent to inspire the franchisees to think about how to make the most of their own teams and the network in general.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools takes pride in supporting all Principals during their whole journey with the franchise business. From those that have just started out to those that are enjoying more than 12 years as Razzamataz Principals, the Conference is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to gain new skills and bring back lots of new ideas to implement in their own schools.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the day is actually hearing about the successes and challenges that Principals face on their day to day journey. Three school Principals spoke about their first year and shared best practice, the highs and the lows and just how much they have learnt during their first year.
One of the highlights was a segment on exploring colours and personality traits, a motivational session led by Brian Costello from Headstrong. During the talk, Principals found out how to make sure that they have a team of people who complement each other’s personality traits and also how it applies to their own students.
To run a successful theatre school, a key ingredient is what happens in the 'back room'. Meticulous planning and attention to detail is an important part of the process, which will now be made a whole lot easier thanks to a new Business Management System.
Razzamataz has spent years trialing and perfecting the new system at the flagship school in Medway. It has been especially created to fit in with every element of the schools and will make communication with parents much more streamlined.
The day session ended with a fun Cryptic Chase where Principals were put into teams to compete against each other to win a number of physical and mental challenges. The session was designed to highlight the importance of working as a team and to make the most of each individual’s skill set.
Michael French, Principal of Razzamataz Barnet, said:
"There was one year I couldn't make the Conference as I was filming and I found that year so tough without any drive or motivation. It is useful to bounce ideas off each other, discuss the same challenges, possibly lend a hand to someone else and talk about how you dealt with a certain situation. I think for a lot of us who work from home it can be mentally challenging and sometimes we need to remind ourselves we are changing lives with what we do. The network is filled with driven, like-minded people which makes it so unique and exciting."
After such a busy day, another highlight this year was the wonderful evening performance by the students of Razzamataz Carlisle and Penrith who were selected to entertain all the Principals during the Awards celebration, where they performed their piece from RazzaMagique at Disneyland Paris.
To conclude a truly wonderful day and night, the Awards ceremony was a chance for everyone to congratulate the franchisees on their successes of 2017.
The Franchise of the Year Award is the much sought-after award of the evening and the judges were looking for someone who shows above and beyond commitment. For the third year running, Hayley Limpkin and Emily Miller, joint Principals of Razzamataz Medway was delighted to accept on behalf of their students and teachers.
Debbie Mitchell, Principal of Razzamataz Carlisle, added:
"The amount of effort put into making the Conference an informative, productive, fun and rewarding day for all franchisees was just brilliant. One of the highlights of the Razzamataz calendar every year and feeling really inspired and focused for the year ahead now! I particularly loved the Casino tables and photo booth as little extras."
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4th June 2018
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14th May 2018
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1st May 2018
Razzamataz discuss franchisees exit strategy because with the right support in place the potential resale value is an exciting prospect.
27th April 2018
To add to its long list of awards, incentives and support initiatives, Razzamataz Theatre Schools has launched a new incentive for franchisees.
24th April 2018
Razzamataz Early Years Franchise has been created for people wanting to work in the children’s performing arts industry.
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.
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.
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
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.
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