Ambassador News

Here at EWiF we value our ambassadors and we think that it is important that they get the recognition they deserve for their achievements. This is why we are offering our ambassadors 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. Email them to info@ewif.org. 

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Friends for Pets- Multiple area franchisee Vicki

Friends for Pets- Multiple area franchisee Vicki

The Friends for Pets Chew Valley franchise is managed by Vicki. Vicki has been a dog owner for 25 years and has lived in Winford and now Felton in Chew Valley area for 23 years. Vicki had been working as a manager in the charity sector for nearly 30 years, but has...

Local charity welcomes new friends

Local charity welcomes new friends

The game is afoot down at Highbury stadium as the Fleetwood Town FC (FTFC) Community Trust celebrate another year of incredible work in the heart of our community.  With a mission to provide socially inclusive community, health, and education engagement programmes,...

From teaching to…a better work-life balance!

From teaching to…a better work-life balance!

Leanne had been a primary school teacher for 20 years when she realised she needed a career that could balance with her family life. Leanne’s longed-for little boy arrived in October 2020, as we started living through the second lockdown. When she returned to teaching...

Friends for pets 15 years of business!

Friends for pets 15 years of business!

It was Friends for Pets 15th Birthday in the Summer last year! We can’t quite believe it has been 15 whole years of friends for pets, from when Becca started it by herself in 2008 and soon realising it was too much to manage on her own, she knew she needed some help,...

The Travel Franchise celebrates “a phenomenal 2023” for holiday bookings and unveils new initiatives and senior appointments at its largest-ever UK annual conference

The Travel Franchise celebrates “a phenomenal 2023” for holiday bookings and unveils new initiatives and senior appointments at its largest-ever UK annual conference

IT’S A LITTLE unusual for a travel company to hold its annual company conference for franchisees on Sunshine Saturday, the first Saturday after the festive period which is typically the most popular day of the year for holidaymakers to book a trip abroad.
But we are known for being a little different (in a good way) so did just that, hosting over 400 consultants, who operate under the Not Just Travel brand, and 50 corporate teams in Stratford-Upon-Avon last weekend (6th-7th January).
Having been ranked 12th in Elite Franchise’s Top 100 and 10th best franchise in the UK by Franchise Direct, we were keen to announce and celebrate the fact that 2023 was a “phenomenal year” in terms of holiday sales, profit and franchisee recruitment.

A year in review Razzamataz

A year in review Razzamataz

A year in review As we bid farewell to another eventful year, Razzamataz Theatre Schools is delighted to reflect on the remarkable milestones achieved in 2023. Here are just a few of our highlights   Three day Conference For the first time ever, we held a three...

Impacting the future of education

Impacting the future of education

The future of education holds exciting possibilities driven by advances in technology and a rapidly evolving global landscape. As we move forward, leaders are asking how we can ensure education will shift towards developing essential 21st century skills, such as...

Over 50 and feeling rejected?

Over 50 and feeling rejected?

With more people over 50 feeling pushed out of their workplace, you could re-discover yourself and redefine your future with an InXpress franchise.    We know it’s not polite to ask people about their age, but if you’re over 50, let’s pause for a moment together....

Pet carer award ceremony- Friends For Pets

Pet carer award ceremony- Friends For Pets

This year we wanted to celebrate all our lovely pet carers that help across all our franchise teams. We thought having an award ceremony would be a great way to show our appreciation for all our pet carers that provide such a great service. We asked all our...

School runs and successful businesses

School runs and successful businesses

Meet Lauren Bill who has been part of the Razzamataz Theatre Schools network as a franchisee for the last fifteen years. She has just become a multi-territory owner with the launch of Razzamataz Dorchester, which she is running alongside multi-award winning Razzamataz...

Victory for Extra Help at 2023 BFA Awards

Victory for Extra Help at 2023 BFA Awards

WE WON!!! We are delighted to announce that Extra Help has won ‘Lifestyle Franchisor of the Year’ at the prestigious British Franchise Association Awards! Last month, we told you that we’d been shortlisted as a finalist in the upcoming British Franchise Association...

Congratulations to PerCurra’s founder Gill Heppell for being recognised as Most Influential CEO 2023 (Home Care Sector) in CEO Monthly Magazine’s awards.

Congratulations to PerCurra’s founder Gill Heppell for being recognised as Most Influential CEO 2023 (Home Care Sector) in CEO Monthly Magazine’s awards.

When Gill founded her home care company in 2008 her objective was clear; to help people live their lives, their way by delivering exceptional support, flexible to their changing needs. After establishing PerCurra in Nottingham and collecting multiple awards from the...

InXpress claims a prize at the bfa HSBC Awards!

InXpress claims a prize at the bfa HSBC Awards!

After being shortlisted four times, over the last five years, InXpress have a shiny new trophy to display, placing them firmly within the top three franchise brands in the UK! When it comes to showcasing the best of British Franchising, the bfa HSBC Awards is the...

How to bridge the skills gap in young people

How to bridge the skills gap in young people

Bridging the skills gap between young people and the workplace is a hot topic internationally, with many experts agreeing that to create tomorrow’s leaders, it is vital to collaborate with educational establishments to support the holistic development of children and...

Friends for pets 15 years of business!

Friends for pets 15 years of business!

It was Friends for Pets 15th Birthday back in July this year! We can’t quite believe it has been 15 whole years of friends for pets, from when Becca started it by herself in 2008 and soon realising it was too much to manage on her own, she knew she needed some help,...

TechyTots Welcomes New Franchisee

TechyTots Welcomes New Franchisee

In the fast-paced world of technology, where digital literacy is becoming increasingly vital, TechyTots is on a mission to empower young minds with essential coding skills. With great excitement, we announce the latest addition to our growing family of franchisees:...

From student to young franchise entrepreneur

From student to young franchise entrepreneur

“Razzamataz has always felt like a massive family and the commitment of building from within has given so many young people opportunities to grow successful careers.”Meet Jodie Hall, age 22 and the new franchise owner at Razzamataz Derby. Jodie has been part of...

Redefining how we appeal to customers

Redefining how we appeal to customers

When it comes to a brand who cares about how it looks to customers, the InXpress franchise is always on trend, ready to attracting customers for franchisees’ business growth.Running a business which has been around for any number of years, can come with its own...

When changing directions gives life a new meaning

When changing directions gives life a new meaning

Silvana’s story of changing careers is a positive outlook on how we can grow and expand as individuals. Are you ready to take that leap into the unknown?Have you ever felt stuck in a career you knew wasn’t right for you? Do you dream of one day taking those steps to...

Musical Moments news!

Musical Moments news!

We are so proud to share we have just finished training 3 new franchisees almost doubling the size of our all female team of Franchisees! Jane, Caroline and Libby have all taken the leap out of teaching to be their own bosses and bring Musical Moments to Solent,...

Double award win for theatre school franchisee

Double award win for theatre school franchisee

In recognition for her outstanding contributions to the performing arts and the community, a local theatre school’s Principal in Leighton Buzzard has secured two prestigious awards at the SME Bedfordshire Business Awards.  The awards celebrate the success of...

Future Fund winner announced

Future Fund winner announced

Sam Woodroff  has been a student at flagship school Razzamataz Medway since it opened 13 years ago. After enduring the challenges of lockdown, navigating anxiety issues and even considering quitting, Sam is now 18 and the proud winner of this year’s Future Fund, the...

Job opportunities in the arts

Job opportunities in the arts

How did I get here? Meet Ana-Mai Addenbrooke, age 32 and the dance teacher with Razzamataz Sheffield. Ana-Mai started in January 2020 and had to quickly pivot to online teaching during the pandemic. She is currently the dance teacher for the upper school and Project...

DREAM JOB CHANGES ESSEX’S MUM LIFE

DREAM JOB CHANGES ESSEX’S MUM LIFE

A former university outreach director from Colchester is now reaching out to a much younger audience in Essex, by setting up her own baby and children’s sleep consultancy business to help tired parents across the county get a better night’s sleep.   Lucy Murray, who...

Latest News from N.Bar – finalists for 2 awards!

Latest News from N.Bar – finalists for 2 awards!

When it comes to winning awards, we’re no stranger to it! So, we’re excited to learn we’ve been nominated for two more awards at the World Spa Award! For any brand, becoming the best in your field is the mark of success. N.Bar, as a global brand has a world-class...

Teen mental health revealed in new survey

Teen mental health revealed in new survey

Since the pandemic we have become much more used to talking about mental health, even in children and young people. But what are the issues that are really affecting teenagers today? Razzamataz Theatre Schools is a national network of part-time schools, teaching more...

The Cat Butler Awards a New Franchise in Radlett

The Cat Butler Awards a New Franchise in Radlett

Former fashion Industry veteran, Jane, brings The Cat Butler's premium cat sitting services to the areas of Radlett, Bushey, Borehamwood, Watford, Abbots Langley, Kings Langley & Rickmansworth. In a complete career change, South African-born Jane is leaving behind...

SylvianCare network continues to expand

SylvianCare network continues to expand

Another day, another round of exciting news from the SylvianCare franchise! We are thrilled to announce the latest addition to our growing network, Sher Ali, who has just joined our family of franchisees in Woodford. SylvianCare offers a fantastic business model with...

Career change with teenage children

Career change with teenage children

Huge congratulations to Victoria Cooper Jones, franchise partner at Razzamataz Queens Park and Razzamataz Belsize Park, who is celebrating her fifth anniversary. Victoria changed careers when her children were teenagers and has never looked back. This is her story. In...

Franchise conference to inspire, challenge and grow

Franchise conference to inspire, challenge and grow

What a way to kick start the new year with the first ever three-day Razzamataz Conference. Set in the stunning Lake District, Razzamataz franchise partners were treated to a spectacular mix of training, wellness coaching, exciting challenges and entertainment in what...

Five years of successful franchising

Five years of successful franchising

Five years of successful franchising Huge congratulations to Zoe McKibbin, franchise partner at Razzamataz Edinburgh and Razzamataz Glasgow South, who is celebrating her fifth anniversary. Zoe followed her dream about working with children and the arts because she...

Five reasons why teachers make great entrepreneurs

Five reasons why teachers make great entrepreneurs

It’s no secret that teachers are leaving the profession, either through battling with years of underfunding, the stress of the last few years of Covid or simply because they want to put their skills and talents to a different use. What many teachers may not realise is...

Power up your career in 2023

Power up your career in 2023

If you are a dancer, actor, singer or a performing arts professional, take the next steps by joining the double award winners in the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards and power up your career. Kick start the new year by ensuring you join a company that values your personal...

The best gift you can ever give

The best gift you can ever give

Razzamataz Theatre Schools is offering the best present that you can give a child, and that’s the gift of confidence and education. With Christmas just round the corner, family and friends looking to give a gift that will have lasting benefits for years to come, may...

Five years of successful franchising

Five years of successful franchising

Jessica Chandler-Smith’s dream of opening a theatre school came to fruition in 2017 when she opened Razzamataz Brentwood. Within just five years, that dream multiplied and Jessica was able to also open Razzamataz schools in Romford, Hornchurch and Thurrock. This...

We are family

We are family

Being an entrepreneur can sometimes feel like a lonely place. The pressure of getting your business off the ground can feel heavy when you don’t have anyone around to bounce ideas or collaborate with. Being part of a franchise network, allows you the support of others...

RAZZAMATAZ THEATRE SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED AS LIFESTYLE

RAZZAMATAZ THEATRE SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED AS LIFESTYLE

Razzamataz Theatre Schools has been shortlisted in the Lifestyle Franchisor category of the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards. Razzamataz was established in 2000 and was backed in 2007 by BBC’s Dragons’ Den. Today franchising is allowing the brand to achieve their...

A decade of successful franchising

A decade of successful franchising

Huge congratulations to Helen Bell, franchisee of Razzamataz Sheffield, who is celebrating her tenth anniversary. Helen has been part of the Razzamataz network for many years, starting as a teacher during her second year of university. Fast forward 14 years and Helen...

How to run a business when you are a new parent

How to run a business when you are a new parent

Across the UK, new parents are juggling the demands of a new-born with the realisation that their work life is going to look very different now that a child has come along. More and more new parents are rejecting traditional forms of employment and opting for an...

InXpress supports the empowering of women in business

InXpress supports the empowering of women in business

InXpress are committed to finding ways to give back, and over the summer, they’re on a mission. To raise money for Mentors International before the next InXpress Women’s Conference. InXpress franchisees love to be able to give back to others through their flourishing...

Franchise new business reaches awards final

Franchise new business reaches awards final

A franchise theatre school in Leighton Buzzard is delighted to be announced as a finalist for the SME Luton & Bedfordshire Business Awards in the category Best New Business. Razzamataz Leighton Buzzard is part of a multi-award-winning, Dragons’ Den backed...

How to change your life and take back control

How to change your life and take back control

Like many parents, Debbi Ledwith was so busy bringing up her three children and working as a teacher in a secondary school, that she never stopped to think about what it was that she really wanted to do. It was only in 2014 when she separated from her husband, that...

Children wanted for the West End stage

Children wanted for the West End stage

With live theatre back and better than ever before, a theatre school franchise is offering its students and franchisees an incredible opportunity in the heart of theatreland. Razzamataz Theatre Schools has partnered with The Shaftesbury Theatre, home to smash hit show...

Supporting the next generation of performers

Supporting the next generation of performers

One theatre school franchise believes in going above and beyond for students, even when they are no longer customers. For the last seven years, Razzamataz Theatre Schools has been offering scholarships to students who are continuing their performing arts training at...

Meet founding member of the All Stars Academy

Meet founding member of the All Stars Academy

Meet founding member of the All Stars Academy “With Razzamataz, you get out what you put in. Working in other roles, this is not always the case, which can be frustrating.” Profile: James Pennell and Esmé Tutill took over Razzamataz Newcastle in November 2020,...

The Cat Butler® awards a new franchise in Oxford

The Cat Butler® awards a new franchise in Oxford

Premium cat care franchise the Cat Butler, has awarded a new franchise in Oxford. Following redundancy from the customer services training department at British Gas in Oxford, Mark Mentiply (41), has been awarded the Oxford territory of premium cat care franchise, The...

School’s out for summer

School’s out for summer

After an uncertain few years of overseas travel, airport chaos and cancelled flights, families are looking to make this summer special. Help is at hand for busy parents with the announcement that the network of Dragons’ Den backed performing arts schools are bringing...

Meet our franchisee: Rebecca Scott

Meet our franchisee: Rebecca Scott

“If you are buying into a brand, it must align with your own beliefs and there should be plenty of opportunities that you can tap into to help build your business.” Profile: Rebecca Scott, age 25, lives in Durham and is shortly to become the new franchisee of...

The shows can go on!

The shows can go on!

With theatres back open, the students of Razzamataz Theatre Schools are performing in shows throughout the UK. With more than 22 years’ experience in the theatre school industry, the Dragons’ Den back franchise has seen some exceptional perks for children (and their...

Meet founding member of the All Stars Academy

Meet founding member of the All Stars Academy

“Razzamataz is about providing performing arts training for young people to develop their confidence, health, and fitness. I want to be a positive influence in their life and that is my driver on why I want to be successful.” Profile: Matty Aitchison-Rayson took over...

Investing in the health of the next generation

Investing in the health of the next generation

The effects of school closures and lockdowns have been widely spoken about in terms of children’s health and development. In a recent interview, Chief Medical Officer Sir Chris Whitty describes potential for substantial impact on children’s health with mental welfare...

Wacky hair challenge to support charity

Wacky hair challenge to support charity

A UK-wide theatre school franchise is challenging their students to pull off a wacky new hairstyle to raise money for various charities. Not only has lots of money been raised but children have flexed their creative juices by creating some memorable new looks....

Meet our franchisee: Amber Gibney

Meet our franchisee: Amber Gibney

“Through the training process, I know that I can turn my passion for performing arts into a profitable business.” Profile: Amber Gibney, age 24, is the youngest franchisee in the network and is looking forward to launching Razzamataz Stockton-on-Tees, where she grew...

Meet our franchisee: Amber Jones

Meet our franchisee: Amber Jones

“Becoming a Razzamataz franchisee is incredible. I would say to others, do it, you don’t know what you are missing out on.”     Profile: Amber Jones, age 27, is the franchisee of Razzamataz Bournemouth, a new school within the network. Having attended performing...

Meet our franchisee: Amber Jones

Meet our franchisee: Amber Jones

“Becoming a Razzamataz franchisee is incredible. I would say to others, do it, you don’t know what you are missing out on.”  Profile: Amber Jones, age 27, is the franchisee of Razzamataz Bournemouth, a new school within the network. Having attended performing arts...

Introducing Bridgewater Home Care Halton

Introducing Bridgewater Home Care Halton

After the successful launch of their franchise model in 2021, Bridgewater Home Care are celebrating the launch of their first independently owned office in their franchise network. Bridgewater Home Care, a high quality provider of non-medical care and support for...

Meet our franchisee: Samantha Wingfield

Meet our franchisee: Samantha Wingfield

“This role allows me to live the life I want. I’m never tied down and can work to my own schedule.” Profile: Samantha Wingfield is the franchisee of Razzamataz Leighton Buzzard which she launched in September 2021. After just one term, which is 12 weeks, Samantha...

Franchisee feedback

Franchisee feedback

“There is always room for growth. I doubt I will ever become stagnant.” Razzamataz franchisee. Razzamataz Theatre Schools are delighted to announce the excellent feedback from their own franchisees at the end of a challenging few years. Despite the huge difficulties...

Meet our franchisee: Victoria Cooper Jones

Meet our franchisee: Victoria Cooper Jones

“The fact that I was investing in a franchise was very reassuring and I understood that if you worked within the guidelines then you would be successful.” Profile: Victoria Cooper Jones has been the Principal of Razzamataz Queens Park since 2017 and took over the...

Meet our franchisee: Andrea White

Meet our franchisee: Andrea White

“I needed a kickstart. I knew how slowly it takes to build an independent school, so I looked at the franchise route and Razzamataz was the most appealing.” Profile: Andrea White has been the Principal of Razzamataz Bognor since 2014 and has just opened Razzamataz...

Taking franchising to the next level

Taking franchising to the next level

Rewarding franchisee growth has been part of the ethos of a Dragons’ Den backed theatre school since it first started franchising. Now in its twenty second year, the multi-award-winning franchisor has announced the launch of another huge opportunity to support...

Launch of national Teacher Training Academy

Launch of national Teacher Training Academy

A multi-award-winning franchise theatre school network has announced the next stage of their development with the launch of a national Teacher Training Academy. Razzamataz Theatre Schools has been supporting, nurturing, and progressing the careers of students, staff,...

Meet our franchisee: Michael French

Meet our franchisee: Michael French

“I looked in the mirror and thought, what am I going to do with the rest of my life.” Profile: Michael French, franchisee Razzamataz Barnet, which opened in April 2012. Michael has just signed on for a further five years. In the beginning: “I trained as a singer,...

How to help your child build confidence and succeed

How to help your child build confidence and succeed

The last few years have been challenging but there’s no better time than now to help your child build back confidence and learn new life skills. Razzamataz Theatre Schools is a national network of schools; teaching excellence in performing arts training and helping...

MagiKats New Tuition Centre Opening in Peterborough

MagiKats New Tuition Centre Opening in Peterborough

MagiKats are delighted to announce a new centre to open in Peterborough. The MagiKats Peterborough North centre will be run by experienced teacher Catherine Gourlay. Catherine already plans to open a second centre in Peterborough South in the near future, and has...

Join a Franchise With 4 Income Streams

Join a Franchise With 4 Income Streams

Your Domestic Angels franchise will give you not just 1, but 4 income streams. Some would call this 4 businesses in 1, we call it sensible diversification so that your business is resilient in the face of economics and pandemics. All 4 services are within the...

What experience do you need to run a theatre school?

What experience do you need to run a theatre school?

The benefits of running your own theatre school are clear: making a significant difference to young people’s lives, creative freedom, the flexible hours, a profitable business and it’s fun to name just a few. But what if you don’t have a professional background in the...

Razzamataz Case Studies

Razzamataz Case Studies

Flexible careers for new mums - Debbie Meet multiple franchise owner with Razzamataz Theatre Schools Debbie Mitchell, who is the Principal of Razzamataz Carlisle and Razzamataz Dumfries. About Razzamataz Prior to the pandemic, we ran performing arts classes on a...

MagiKats’ Response to COVID – 19

MagiKats’ Response to COVID – 19

Obviously, the coronavirus is at the top of everyone’s mind at the moment, and small businesses in particular are worried. With that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to explain the role of a franchise when it comes to a situation like this and how important it...

FranScape supports COVID impacted Franchisors

FranScape supports COVID impacted Franchisors

FranScape gives new clients up to 50% off with fees only due when Clients go live FranScape is a Franchise Management Solution built by Franchisors for Franchisors. The team behind FranScape know a thing or two about building a multi award winning Franchise brand. The...

Friends for Pets double celebration

Friends for Pets double celebration

After small beginnings in the Cheddar Valley in 2008, dog walking and pet care company, Friends for Pets is celebrating after being named as one of the UK’s top franchise opportunities for the first time in 2020. From hundreds of entries across every sector, Friends...

BUYING INTO A FRANCHISE: TIPS FROM OUR FRANCHISEES

BUYING INTO A FRANCHISE: TIPS FROM OUR FRANCHISEES

Are you considering buying a franchise but are slightly trepidatious about exactly how they work and what you can get out of them? That’s not surprising. There are some differences in the way franchises work to other businesses. But it doesn’t have to be scary or...