Member News

Here at EWIF we value our members and we think that it is important that they get the recognition they deserve for their achievements. This is why we are offering our members the opportunity to share their franchising news with the rest of the franchising industry via the EWIF website.

If your brand has featured in the news, whether it be an online article or a column in your local newspaper, we want to know!

But that’s not all…

We are looking for exceptional stories from franchisees on their business success, whether this be overcoming challenges, a quirky route into franchising or an interesting backstory.

Franchisors; we want to hear from you too. Tell us about your franchise. If you were the founder, tell us how you have grown the business and your ups and downs along the way.

Your news doesn’t have to be pages of writing. We are looking for between 200-400 words in a word document along with any images you would like featured.

All news pieces will be published to the EWIF member news page on our website and may feature in our monthly newsletter. We will also promote member news on social media using the hashtag #WomenInFranchising

 

Award success for theatre school franchise

With almost 20 years of successful business behind them, the team at a national theatre school franchise is celebrating a number of high-profile award nominations and accolades. The trust and credibility that comes with awards recognition has encouraged Razzamataz...

Quality delivered at theatre school franchise

Until recently, there has been no formal guidelines to assist parents in choosing how to select an activity for children. That has now changed thanks to the Children's Activities Association (CAA), an industry-led, not-for-profit community interest company founded and...

Franchise theatre school takes to the high seas

Opportunities for students that attend a Dragons’ Den backed theatre school franchise just keep getting better and better. Principals and Head Office staff have just returned from a visit to the MSC Preziosa in the port of Southampton to announce their latest venture....

PJs for pounds to raise money for charity

Our students have gone on to make names for themselves in hit West End shows such as Hamilton and Matilda as well as TV series and films. In order for them to fulfil their dreams, they needed to go to college or university to continue their performing arts study. To...

Opportunities after Thomas Cook

The sad news of Thomas Cook’s demise has been particularly poignant for the Founder and MD of a Dragons’ Den backed theatre school franchise. In light of the news, she wants to reach out to those affected to share her story and offer a new beginning. Former dancer...

Take us back to Disney

The magic of Disney has triumphed again with a franchise theatre school set to return to Disneyland® Paris but this time with well over 1,000 people to celebrate their 20thanniversary. As Razzamataz turns 20 in 2020, the company looks back at one of the biggest...

20 years of being AMAZING

In 2020, Razzamataz will celebrate turning 20. From humble beginnings, the franchise theatre school has built a network of inspiring franchisees. As part of our celebration, we speak to some of them about their own journeys and what joining the Dragons’ Denbacked...

Franchise theatre school to host PAW Patrol workshops

Keep the toddlers calm because a Dragons’ Denbacked theatre school franchise has some big news. The network of UK theatre schools has teamed up with a Channel 5 favourite to offer PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure workshop. The workshop is led by Claire...

Bright futures for theatre trained students

If you think being a parent in today’s world is hard, take a moment to consider what it is like for children. With increased pressure from school, distractions with social media and the normal teenage angst, it is no wonder many young people are feeling lost. In fact,...

The Detective Project – CSI Kids

The Detective Project - CSI Kids - Whats On  August 19 2019, 1.00 - 3.30pm, at Arnos Vale, Bristol The Detective Project are training up another team of 8-12 year olds in crime scene investigation! Come and put your sleuthing skills to the test – and pick up some new...

We are jumping hula hoops at Little Voices!

Two days and THREE amazing successes. The Little Voices network is a finalist for ‘Most loved Academic or Creative Activity’ for children and young people Jane Maudsley is a finalist in the Whatson4Kids awards as Industry Champion for the Children’s Activities...

Career expansion with a franchise

Taking your business a step further can be daunting. You may have years of experience running a dance school or drama classes for children but are unsure of how to keep moving forwards. Expansion is not just a worthy goal to have, it is often a necessity for your...

Innovation of the Year 2019

On Friday 7thJune, director of Domestic Angels & Paxan Solutions Samantha Acton, was crowned the winner of the Innovation Award 2019 at the SWiB Awards. The award was given to reflect the innovative determination Sam has demonstrated in evolving and diversifying...

Tiny Tots celebrate turning one

The new franchise offering from a Dragons’ Den backed business has just turned one and proved that performing arts is beneficial to babies and their parents. Razzamataz Early Years franchise was launched with the youngest children in mind and consist of a new offering...

Finalist in Entrepreneur Award Category

Samantha Acton, founder of Domestic Angels Franchising and Paxan, is a finalist in the Entrepreneur category of the Successful Women in Business Awards 2019. Fulfilling the criteria of demonstrating entrepreneurial excellence along with 4 other significant finalists,...

Twenty years of being outstanding

At the turn of the millennium, a former performer struck upon an idea to share her passion for her industry. Denise Hutton-Gosney’s life had been changed through her love for dance and she wanted to inspire this purpose in others. Growing up in modest circumstances...

How to get children off-line and having fun

Gaming and social media addiction are relatively new buzz words but ones that send shock waves to many parents. Extreme cases where a 13 year-old who gets heart palpitations every time he stands up because he is unaccustomed to his body moving around and a 14 year-old...

The benefits of buying a re-sale franchise

Nick Furlong was 22 and his girlfriend Gemma Hextall was just 21 when they bought re-sale franchise Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield in September 2015. They were both in the final year of study at Birmingham School of Acting when the opportunity arose. After a week’s...

Healthy Feet Mobile Clinic welcomes care workers

The Guardian newspaper (12/2/2019) published the results of a care worker survey carried out for the charity HFA. …Employers identified the top three reasons for their workers having joined the sector as making a difference to people’s lives (85%), identifying with...

Finalists announced at the EWIF Awards

With a mission to educate, inspire and empower more women into franchising, EWIF has just announced its 2019 finalists, including two entries from Razzamataz Theatre Schools.  The annual Awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of women across the franchising...

Radfield Home Care achieves Living Wage accreditation

Following on from its well established Caring for Carers employee welfare pledge, Radfield Home Care’s network of high-quality care franchises are reaping the rewards of paying their employees the Real Living Wage.  Recognising the impact its employees’ wellbeing has...

Right at Home is nominated for major franchising award

Leading UK homecare company Right at Homehas been shortlisted for the Leadership & Culture accolade at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on 27th June 2019. Right at Home’s UK operation is owned by CEO Ken Deary. Ken’s career as a...

McDonald’s: Growing Strong

McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd, which has 193 franchised restaurants in the UK & Ireland, has been announced as the Gold Award winner in the Franchisor of the Year award category at the prestigious annual bfa HSBC Franchise Awards 2018.  With its long history of...

babyballet Josh goes live on BBC Newcastle!

At babyballet, we strive to give EVERY child the chance to dance, and teaching ballet isn’t just about female teachers and little girls in pink. We have lots of little stars who are boys and we actively encourage all our little ones, both boys and girls, to take part...

Live the life you love #franchisefebruary

Have the best of both worlds! We all dream of doing a job we love. After all, the average person spends the majority of their day working. More than sleep or leisure time – work takes up so many precious hours, so it’s a no brainer to want to make all these hours as...

Phonics Class Works Miracles

When Fay was recommended by speech therapists to attend Sounds Right Phonics Classes she had no idea that they would end up changing her family's life forever! Fay’s little boy George was referred to an ENT consultant just before his 2nd birthday due to severe speech...

Red carpet treatment for Razzamataz students

A UK based theatre school franchise has been selected to help promote a new film and work alongside 20thCentury Fox. Razzamataz were approached to celebrate the launch of the hit movie The Kid Who Would Be Kingstarring Sir Patrick Stewart.  The partnership...

Daily Mail: Britain’s oldest ballerina, 81, is still dancing almost nine decades after first donning a leotard – and has just passed the royal academy of dance’s most advance exam

Barbara Peters, 81, from West Yorkshire, has received top Grade eight awardBritain’s oldest ballerina started dancing at the age of two  and is now a teacherTook the test the same day her 11-year-old granddaughter passed Grade two test This article was published...

PerCurra launches new branch

PerCurra Ltd has announced the launch of its fourth home-care branch; PerCurra Grantham & Newark. The West Bridgford based company has been operating in Nottingham for 10 years and also has branches in Hertfordshire and Essex. PerCurra founder and Managing...

Meet Our Diamond Girls – Leanne and Jessie

Leanne Pattison and Jessie Lilley have more reasons than most to celebrate the New Year ... Ten years ago this month (January), the two women became babyballet franchisees and neither have looked back. Now both are celebrating their 10thanniversary in style. The two...

Theo Paphitis Praises Sounds Right Phonics Classes

  Theo Paphitis has been tweeting about Sounds Right Phonics Classes for Kids. Alex Burnside and Charlie Day, two sisters from Chelmsford, launched Sounds Right Phonics Classes for Kids in 2016. Sounds Right Phonics Classes for Kids offers fun and educational...

Let’s hear it for the boys

The benefits of performing arts have been well documented for children and young people. Improved fitness, confidence and social skills are just some of the reasons why parents encourage youngsters to join a group or theatre school.  Traditionally, performing...

Creative industries shine a light for young people

The popularity in performing arts has led to a booming market in theatre schools. The creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK’s economy, one of the few sectors in which we can call ourselves world leaders and in which there is huge employment...

From Superheroes to Superstars

As a large and established theatre school franchise, we are in the privileged position of working with young people who continue to inspire us with the journeys they go on while they are with us and after they graduate. For some children, they start their dream of...

Healthy Feet Mobile Clinic Q&A

What did you do before Healthy Feet? I was a support worker in the community and specialised in dementia care and support. Why did you feel she couldn't go back to that role? I had worked within care for 15 years but unfortunately the hours did not suit my family...

Winning weekend for Radfield franchise partners

Radfield Home Care’s franchise network has experienced a winning weekend with two of its franchise partners leading the way at award ceremonies at both ends of the country. In Yorkshire, Radfield Home Care Harrogate & Wetherby franchise partner, Matthew Nutting...

Young performers light up the Indigo at The 02

One of London’s most iconic music venues came alive with the passion of 400 young performers on Sunday 18thNovember with a special production from a franchise theatre school, who believes in giving its students these incredible opportunities. The students all attend...

Why every child is special

Children come in all shapes and sizes and will look just as different on the outside as they feel on the inside. When it comes to little ones, there should really be no ‘one size fits all’ approach. For some children and young people, they also have challenges of...

Business building with theatre school franchise

Being in business can feel like a lonely place and keeping up with current trends in marketing, PR and general business practice can feel like an on-going and very costly challenge. But it doesn’t have to be like that, especially if you are a part of an award-winning...

THE BUSY QUEEN BEE launches a new Leadership Book

Claire Boscq-Scott, Aka The Busy Queen Bee, is launching a new Leadership book, Thriving by Caring. Now in her 9th year, The Busy Queen Bee mission is to inspire businesses to thrive by delivering exceptional customer service. Having published her first book, Thrive...

Students take to the West End stage

It is probably the hottest ticket in town and boasts a stellar line up of extraordinary talent. Hamilton is the smash-hit musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and has been a world-wide sensation. Joining the cast and making his West End debut is Robson Broad, graduate from...

Radfield Home Care achieves BFA Associate membership

One of the UK’s top 100 franchise opportunities, Radfield Home Care has achieved the highly regarded Associate membership of the British Franchise Association. As the voice of franchising in the UK, the British Franchise Association defines the UK’s only recognised...

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Just 18 months since purchasing her first Domestic Angels franchise territory, Debbie Broomfield has collaborated with husband Jamie to take over the long-established Southbourne, Dorset territory. After enjoying incredible success establishing and building the...

Mental health and the workplace

Mental Heath and The Workplace Seminar  Thursday 18 October 2018 Darwin Gray LLP, Helmont House, Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2HE 4pm - 6pm Mental health in the workplace has become a huge challenge for employers. Indeed, recent studies suggest that, at any one time, 1...

PJ party to raise money for young performers

Doing their bit for charity and introducing friends to the world of performing arts while having a fun PJ party is all in a day’s work for the students of Razzamataz Theatre Schools. Up and down the country, students are donning their pyjamas and onesies to raise...

Iconic music venue set to welcome young performers

Final rehearsals are taking place up and down the country as 400 students prepare to take to the stage at one of London’s most iconic venues. It has hosted everything from the NME Awards to the legendary X Factorboot camp sessions and the British Comedy Awards. The...

Best Business Women Awards 2018 Finalists announced

The Best Business Women Awards have announced their finalists today for 2018. The business world is full of talented and dedicated female entrepreneurs who not only run successful businesses but in many cases also juggle the needs of their families. The Best Business...

Can’t afford a franchise, think again!

Franchise businesses have proved themselves to be a sound investment financially for many people. Whether you are new to business or have run companies before, the franchise route is becoming increasingly popular. However, a stumbling point for some people may be the...

Advisors Role for The Franchising Centre Chairman

Brian Duckett, Chairman of The Franchising Centre, sat on a panel of advisers at The Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit in London in July. The panel heard from three emerging restaurants which are either dipping their toes into the world of Franchising or...

Razzamataz – this is ME! A place to be ME

One of the stand out films of the year has to be The Greatest Showman, a musical loosely based on the life of PT Barnum and his circus. The universal themes will relate to most audiences, especially young people with a passion to perform. It has been an overwhelming...

Starting a franchise: the Domestic Angels story

If done right, franchising can be a great way to expand and grow your brand. Nervous about making the leap? You’re not alone. Domestic Angels Director Samantha Acton reveals what it was like to franchise her domestic cleaning and home help business, and shares her...

£500,000 Investment in Tunbridge Wells Town Centre

  The Massage Company (TMC) is set to expand their UK store base and launch their second centre with a £500,000 investment in Tunbridge Wells. Massages available in the 14 treatment rooms are  Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports & Maternity massage all available 7...

Prestigious Award for The Franchising Centre

The Franchising Centre has been named the Team of The Year at the British Franchise Association Conference which took place on Friday the 29thJune at the ICC in Birmingham. Following a year of transition, The Franchising Centre has been announced at the winner of the...

A Fresh Look for The Franchising Centre

Today, the 28thJune at the British Franchise Association conference, of which they are platinum sponsors, The Franchising Centre are proud to launch their refreshed branding and new website thefranchisingcentre.com. This is all part of the company looking to the...

Razzamataz among the winners at the bfa Awards

Known as the biggest and most influential event in the franchising world, Razzamataz was delighted to be among the winners at the British Franchise Association (bfa) Awards 2018. Hayley Limpkin, Founding Principal and now co-owner of Razzamataz Medway was shortlisted...

When MagiKats students became models!

Although the MagiKats maths and English tuition programmes have been operating for over a decade, we have always relied on so-called ‘stock’ images to promote our service. However, with the launch of two new websites in January 2018, the team at MagiKats HQ decided...

Franchise training keeps up with demand

The success of the franchise industry has enabled more people to run their own businesses, even if this is the first time they have considered such a venture. With an experienced franchisor, creating a career to fit around your life and family is possible when you...

Day in the life of a TMC Therapist

Most people wake up on a Monday morning absolutely dreading the week ahead, as a massage therapist at The Massage Company I never get that Monday feeling. There is always a great  energy at the centre  from the management, membership supervisor team, fellow therapists...

Finalists announced at the bfa Awards

Known as the biggest and most influential event in the franchising world, the finalist for the British Franchise Association (bfa) Awards have been announced. Among the finalist are two Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchisees. Hayley Limpkin, Founding Principal and now...

Theatre school students sing with West End star

From the West End to Broadway, Kerry Ellis has starred in some of the most iconic shows as well as achieving chart-topping success as a recording artist. As a mother to two young boys, Kerry is passionate about the benefits of performing arts for children also....

Why do franchisees invest in ‘Domestic Angels’?

What do Deb Broomfield, Charlotte Waldron and Hazel Burnett have in common? Well, they are all new business franchisees, yet their reasons for jumping on board the good ship Domestic Angels are very different. While Deb arrived with previous franchise ownership...

Radfield Home Care launches Franchise Discovery Days

One of the UK’s top 100 franchises, Radfield Home Care is launching its Franchise Discovery Day Programme to help entrepreneurs learn more about its rewarding, ethical franchise opportunity. With its first event on 10th July in London, Radfield Home Care’s Franchise...

Franchise resale values

Let’s face it, as a new franchisee, the last thing you want to talk about is selling your business. To make your franchise a success, you put your whole heart into it so thoughts of selling it to someone else seem quite wrong. But at Razzamataz, discussing franchisees...

Radfield Home Care franchisees hangout at Google HQ

One of the UK’s top 100 franchises, Radfield Home Care was recently invited to spend time developing its systems alongside international digital marketing organisations, Google and Hubspot. Utilising marketing strategies and data management systems is essential for...

Franchise theatre school supports Ugandan student

A theatre school based in Sutton Coldfield are paying for a child to attend school in Uganda, after finding out just how little money it costs for them to access schooling but just how few can afford it. Nick Furlong and Gemma Hextall are the Principals of Razzamataz...

Creating healthy habits in the young

We all know that we should be drinking more water and eating more fruit and vegetables but sometimes it is difficult to get that message out to children when there are so many unhealthy temptations surrounding them daily. A big part of the Razzamataz ethos is to...

Razzamataz gets behind national Be Kind campaign

A franchise national theatre school is backing ITV’s This Morning’s newly launched Be Kind Campaign. The idea is to be able to offer key advice and an anti-bullying message following recent powerful interviews focused on bullying and the experienced faced by children...

Premier – James Jennison

While working in his role within the banking industry, James discovered his passion and ability in sports coaching when on a 4-month trip to the States, where he and three friends worked as ‘soccer’ coaches. At the age of 23, Just 4 months after enquiring with...

Premier – Chris Pipe

After joining Premier as a coach in 1999, the same year Premier was founded, Chris Pipe was offered the opportunity to become a Premier franchisee after just one year. After partnering with Jon Mills, one of Premier’s longest standing business owners, Chris has never...

Positive friendship goals

From tots to teens, finding new experiences for a child is an important part of the development process. Whatever age the child is, it can be challenging to join in with a new class or enter a new environment, even if it is something they think they will love. To help...

Celebrating 10 Years of babyballet® Liverpool

They say time flies when you’re having fun and Christine Grant, owner of babyballet® Liverpool Central, certainly found her fun-loving, dream career when she opened her babyballet® dance school ten years ago. With a real passion for working with children, Christine...

Meet the woman who tamed the Dragon!

Want to know what it takes to convince a top business person to invest in your brand, all while being filmed for a prime-time TV show? Denise Hutton-Gosney took the brave decision of appearing on BBC’s Dragons’ Den in 2007 and her winning theatre school franchise...

Riverford invests in new packaging technology

Riverford Organic Farmers, one of the UK’s pioneering veg box schemes, grow and deliver veg, meat and more to over 47,000 customers a week nationally. Although a farm, IT helps drive every aspect of the e-commerce business, from taking orders to optimising harvests....

GDPR: Are you ready for the changes?

In May 2018, the Data Protection Act (DPA) will be replaced by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This more robust set of regulations will have tougher punishments for those who fail to comply around the storage and handling of personal data. As a...

TaxAssist Accountants wins Best Franchise 2017 Award

National accountancy franchise TaxAssist Accountants was named winner of the prestigious Smith + Henderson ‘Best Franchise 2017 Award’ in the Business to Business category. The award comes off the back of a network-wide survey, in which franchisees were invited to...

Radfield Home Care Doubles in Size in Past Six Months

Radfield Home Care have had an extremely busy and successful first year in franchising since the launch of their specialist elderly home care franchise last year. Radfield Home Care is a family-owned company established in 2008 by brother and sister team Dr. Hannah...

Razzamataz: In Celebration of World Teachers Day

Since 1994, there has been a special day every year on October 5th that celebrates teachers’ organisations worldwide. The aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of children will continue to be met by teachers. World Teachers Day is an...

Razzamataz: Work life week: getting the balance right

Work life week: getting the balance right  This year, National Work-Life Week 2017 will take place on the 2nd to 6th October and gives the opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being and creating a good work-life balance. As the stresses of...

PetStay: The Five Star Franchise!

PetStay, The Alternative to Kennels have announced that they have won the 5* Franchisee Satisfaction Award run by Smith & Henderson. Carole Davy, Managing Director and PetStay founder said “We are incredibly proud to have won this prestigious award and to be...

Business Doctors: Paul Shaw New Franchisee

  Business Doctors has recruited its fourth franchisee for Greater London. Former lastminute.com and Time Out director Paul Shaw has bought the exclusive territory of Hounslow and Richmond. Business Doctors partner in a highly practical way with SMEs, working...

Premier Sport: OBE Visit to Premier school

On Friday 7th July Sally Gunnell OBE visited Pakefield Primary School, Norfolk, to deliver an inspiring whole school assembly and classroom visits to help support Premier’s health and wellbeing programme. Pakefield Primary school have become Premier’s flagship school,...

PetStay: Launch of New Website

PetStay have launched its NEW sparkling website this month. Managing Director Carole Davy says, "After many months of meetings, creativity and ideas flying about we are happy to announce the launch of our new website. We wanted to make sure we designed it with our...