Happy culture creates longevity

Happy culture creates longevity With twenty years of business behind them, much of the success of the Dragons’ Den backed theatre school franchise is creating a happy culture among franchisees and also staff. A study conducted by Columbia University revealed that organisations with a higher company culture enjoyed a decreased turnover rate of just 13.9 …

Principal returns to first love as theatre school owner

Principal returns to first love as theatre school owner Michaela Crumpton is the Principal of Razzamataz Bristol South, having taken the leap from the school’s singing teacher to taking over the business. Background I have been through a range of jobs, for many years working in retail after being told by the school careers adviser …

Puddle Ducks raises £300k for local charities

Franchise fundraisers ‘dive’ deep into their pockets for charity An award winning UK baby and child swimming school franchise has raised more than £300,000 for local charities through its national PJ Week fundraiser in the last six years.  The Puddle Ducks UK franchise network provides award winning swimming classes for children from birth and during …

Making memories and inspiring futures

Making memories and inspiring futures Being part of a national theatre school franchise, the people working within it acknowledge it is a privilege to be part of the lives of children and their families. Principals of schools across the UK get the opportunity to help shape the future and leave a lasting legacy.     When …

Longevity in a theatre school franchise

As a theatre school franchise prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, we mark the achievements of some of the first franchisees who came on board during the very early days. Razzamataz Theatre Schools achieved national recognition in 2007 after an appearance on BBC’s Dragons’ Den in which Duncan Bannatye offered the full investment. Since then, …

A Christmas gift of confidence

A Christmas gift of confidence This holiday season give the child in your life a gift that could potentially change their lives forever. Another plastic toy or tech gadget will offer momentary joy but a gift to inspire creativity and build your child’s confidence is something that will last a lifetime. The confidence gained from …

Change in circumstance created change in career

Change in circumstance created change in career Andrea White has the theatre arts running through her veins. But even someone with her vast experience has found that joining a successful theatre school franchise has made all the difference to her business. Here we find out about her Razzamataz journey and why she loves the enthusiasm …

Building a theatre arts business

Building a theatre arts business Deborah Laws is the Principal of Razzamataz Plymouth and combines 11 successful years of Razzamataz with running her own dance school, being a mum and a commitment to her own CPD. Background I am a dance studio owner, an ISTD examiner and a tutor for the ISTD teaching qualifications. I …

How to run a theatre school with no experience

How to run a theatre school with no experience Mum of two Georgia Davies had been running her own businesses for 22 years. After more than a year of speaking to Razzamataz, she decided to take the plunge and open her own theatre school franchise and has never looked back. Background I had run a …

From accountant to theatre school Principal

From accountant to theatre school Principal Like many mums, after having her two children, Claire Walford was inspired to find fulfilling work that she could do alongside her commitments as a parent. Having been an accountant all her working life, it seems at first glance quite a side step to take over a theatre school. …

Twenty years of memories

Twenty years of memories When Aleasha Wallace was just twelve years-old, little did she know that joining a local theatre school would have life-changing effects. Aleasha was one of the first ever students to attend Razzamataz, now a high-profile theatre school franchise with almost 50 schools nationwide and boasting students in award-winning West End shows, …

How to capture the power of a brand

How to capture the power of a brand The need to stand out in a crowded market in today’s overwhelming world where we are constantly bombarded with multi-media messages, requires a sophisticated approach to marketing and branding. For Principals that are part of a franchise with years of experience in the theatre school industry, the …