Although it has almost been 20 years since it began and almost 13 since the owner stepped into BBC’s Dragons’ Den, the new recruits joining the theatre school franchise still remember the famous episode.

Last week, the Head Office was buzzing with franchise training and welcomed new recruits as well as renewals from those that had been in the network for five and ten years.

Buying a franchise continues to be a good investment with the British Franchise Association reporting that 90% of franchisees have been profitable every year for the past 20 years.

During the week-long training session, the new franchisees at Razzamataz Theatre Schools were introduced to a range of experts to help with every element of running a performing arts school.

Jason Gosney is a Health & Safety expert and Louise Bennet spoke about Child Protection & Inclusion, something that Razzamataz is particularly proud of and was highlighted by Wimbledon Council who said: “Thank you for attaching your CP policy. I read a lot of these and the Razzamataz policy is one of the best I have come across.”

Award-winning franchise expert Suzie McCafferty motivated the new and current franchisees with a number of sessions on Franchising & Business Growth, which also introduced the new Growth Hubs.

Head Office staff Charlotte Young has many years’ experience in the Razzamataz network so was in the prime position for sessions on ‘Being a great Principal’ and ‘Running Razzamataz classes.’

The business and technical side of the theatre school is looked after by Ian Irving who offered sessions on GDPR & IT, Hayley Limpkin and Simon Pullum held a session on the Business Management System, Michael Bauer on Employment Law, Karen Spedding on Bookkeeping & VAT and national newspaper journalist Karen Keeman on PR & Marketing. As well as welcoming franchisees for the main theatre school, the new Early Years franchise is growing with a session run by Head Office staff Nick Furlong on REY.

As part of Razzamataz’s commitment to continue to support franchisees, every Principal is invited back to attend the training, completely free of charge. Georgia Davies, Principal of Razzamataz Bristol North explains: “I am just about to complete my first year as a Principal and have just attended franchisee training again. I am glad I did, there is such a lot of information to retain and it is great as a refresher. I’ve picked up lots of valuable information to help grow the business.”

Even the most experience Principals find value in returning to training as Deborah Laws, Principal at Razzamataz Plymouth for ten years says: “Loved working with my business besties on planning for growth. Thank you to everyone at Head Office for these awesome opportunities.”

Meet the new franchisees

Tara Mc Guone, Razzamataz Early Years Tyrone 

Tara Mc Guone studied drama to Degree level and has been working with young people and adults in community theatre for over 13 years. Tara has directed, produced, taught and choreographed a variety of theatre over the years and her passion is working with children and young people. She has relished seeing first-hand the positive effects performance based activities and learning has and the research showing how receptive babies’ brains are to music, movement and touch from birth. This research has made starting the Early Years journey even more exciting. Tara is a new mother and is very excited to join Razzamataz and their 20 years’ experience to bring a fresh approach and professional service to Tyrone & Fermanagh.

Caroline Kavanagh, Razzamataz Horsham 

Caroline’s love of performing began at the age of three. She completed her professional training at Mountview Academy of Performing Arts in London achieving a BA (hons) in Musical Theatre. She then went on to perform in various musicals and has been lucky enough to perform twice at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. A change in career saw Caroline retrain as a nurse and health visitor, meaning that Caroline has a great understanding of child development and how dance, drama and singing can help children gain confidence and reduce stress levels. Caroline believes that the arts can have a huge positive impact on children’s physical and mental wellbeing. She wants children to come and make new friends, learn new skills and above all have lots of fun. Caroline is also a mum of three.


Five and 10-year Renewals!

It was lovely to see our franchisees renewing for a further five years and bringing their experience back to a special refresher training day at our Head Office. A huge well done and thank you for your commitment to:

Pam Dixon, Principal Razzamataz Dumfries, Deborah Laws, Principal Razzamataz Plymouth, Andrea White, Principal Razzamataz Bognor, Claire Blower, Principal Razzamataz Nottingham, Amanda Campbell, Principal Razzamataz Paisley, Catherine Morales, Principal Razzamataz Rayleigh and Alison Beveridge, Principal Razzamataz Durham.

To find out more about joining our team of Principals in time for the 2020 conference, drop one of our friendly team a line. If you would like to meet Founder Denise and hear about her incredible journey and all the ups and downs, book your place at a Discovery Den in Bristol on Saturday 6thJuly.

We are particularly keen to recruit in Scotland; specifically Dundee & Aberdeen and Wales; specifically in Cardiff & Swansea and we have resale opportunities in Wimbledon & Hampstead. Contact us NOW for a fabulous 50% off the franchise fee, first term management fee free PLUS we pay your VAT! Just quote PR2020. Due to demand, more training is planned for 2019 and 2020. Contact ourHead of Recruitment Steveon call 07585 709 136. Visit:

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