“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 Horsham.
In the beginning: “I’ve been involved in performing arts all my life, as a professional dancer and dance teacher, running my own dance school for more than twenty years. But after I moved to a completely new area, I knew I needed a kickstart to get a new school off the ground because I know how slow it is to progress an independent school. I didn’t know very much about franchising, but Razzamataz definitely seemed to offer the most.”
Any worries or concerns: “I really wanted to create a family atmosphere with a good reputation and offer a place for children to feel safe and happy. My only worry was that I wouldn’t be successful in this but when I looked at the constant support and training you get at Razzamataz, I knew this was the best route for me.”
Start of your journey: “Initially it was a slow start and if I was on my own, I would have definitely got disheartened and felt like giving up. But the difference is that when you are an independent business, you have ideas but not enough resources or understanding of what to focus on first. With Razzamataz, you get told what to do in a step-by-step process, so you don’t get overwhelmed. Today, it is a very different story, and it is such a pleasure and I love running the schools, in fact I feel energised by them.”
Typical day: “The work is very adaptable so although I have a plan for the year, month, week and days, I can be very flexible. The joy is that if I need a break or have other things planned, I can make up the time to best suit my lifestyle.”
Questions to ask a franchisor: “Ask about the level of support that you receive and how that’s delivered. Is it through a dedicated support manager like we have at Razzamataz or is it just through a manual? Find out about the training. At Razzamataz, we can attend numerous free training events all throughout the year, which is very valuable. Find out if you have regular meetings and Conferences like we do at Razzamataz and what the financial obligations are. You must understand if you are free to run the school in the way you want to under the franchise agreement.”
Advice to others: “If you are going down the franchise route, make sure you join one that is enormously supportive. The other franchisees within our network are also fantastic and it is wonderful to meet with like-minded people.”
What have you learnt: “Ask for help when you need it. There’s really no point struggling on your own because there is always someone who can help, whether that is Head Office or a fellow franchisee. You need to develop good customer service skills and business sense but above everything, you need to be passionate about your school.”
Highlights and rewards: “We have had some amazing opportunities with numerous high-profile guests from the performing arts industry such as singing with G4 in Chichester Cathedral, performing with Cassidy Janson, and having guest judges Arlene Phillips and Danny Mac judge Razz’s Got Talent. But still the best reward for me is seeing the progress of the children. From a shy child who will struggle to leave parents to seeing them full of confidence with a beaming smile, it really is happy student, happy Principal.”
Looking to the future: “I’m very excited to get my second Razzamataz school up and running and creating another place where children can thrive and be happy.”
“You need to develop good customer service skills and business sense but above everything, you need to be passionate about your school.”
Join our team
We are looking for dynamic partners to own a Razzamataz Theatre School. If you are looking to make a difference in your local community to the lives of young people and you have a passion for performing arts, we would love to hear from you.
Occasionally franchise territories come up for re-sale due to a change in the franchisees’ personal circumstances or simply because they have decided to sell their asset and reap the rewards of their hard work. These re-sale schools very rarely stay on the market for long, so if you are interested, don’t delay in contacting us. Re-sale schools in:
⦁ High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
⦁ Derby, East Midlands
If you would like to find out more about our ambitious growth plans and be part of multi-award winning Razzamataz Theatre Schools network, drop Charlotte a line from our friendly Head Office team to book on to one of our virtual Discovery Dens.
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