Razzamataz Theatre School Is Investing In The Health Of The Next Generation

April 25, 2022

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 and childhood obesity significantly worse.

What all the experts agree on is the importance of getting young people moving and away from screens. To help working parents and provide inspiration for all families, Razzamataz Theatre Schools offer fun holiday activities throughout the UK, where children can make new friends, keep active and learn important life skills.

Razzamataz Theatre Schools is a Dragons’ Den backed franchise. Many of the schools have recently held Easter workshops, where children get to experience everything from street dance through to pop singing, acting for camera and traditional West End and Broadway musical theatre.

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Performing arts has many benefits including increased fitness and a chance to allow young people to express themselves and work through any emotional difficulties, leading to improved wellbeing and mental health.

“During the school holidays, finding things to keep children entertained day in and day out is not easy, which is why many parents look to holiday clubs, so children can be interactive with others, have fun and keep off technology,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “The last couple of years have meant that many children have missed out on crucial early interactions and are still finding the impact of lockdowns challenging. We build relationships with each student and their family, which helps them to improve their confidence and self-belief. Many children start out on day one so shy and timid, but by the end of the week, they have really come out of their shell and parents are shocked by the positive change.”

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There are Razzamataz schools up and down the country and there have been a range of Easter activities taking place before term time classes commence. One of the most important elements of the sessions is the chance to perform, an area that is often overlooked but is crucial to building children’s confidence. The themes are often inspired by popular films or shows so children really feel like they have stepped into the shoes of their favourite characters.

“Our teachers and staff are highly skilled in working with young people, which can transform the way they feel about themselves,” adds Denise. “The performing arts is incredibly beneficial to help young people build up positive communication skills that will enhance every area of their lives at home, school and beyond. It is a privilege to be in the position to help ensure the health and wellbeing of the next generation.”

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Award Win For Franchise Theatre School Community Champions

March 18, 2022

A theatre school franchise network has been rewarded for going above and beyond in their local communities during the exceptionally difficult days of the pandemic. Razzamataz Theatre Schools entered their Cumbrian schools for the Community Award in the FSB Awards and were delighted to be announced as winner.

The FSB is a non-profit organisation and the UK’s leading business campaigner. They have been helping small businesses and the self-employed achieve their ambitions for more than 45 years.

Razzamataz entered schools based in Carlisle, West Cumbria, and South Lakes for their dedicated work in the community. The judges were looking for evidence of businesses who get involved in initiatives that support their community and make a positive impact.

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The judges said: “The Razzamataz entry left the judges in no doubt that this is a business which goes above and beyond in its quest to make a real difference to the lives of all those people which it meets, and further than that to offer support to community activities and causes which will have a positive impact on young people and their families. We wish them every success in the UK Final and in their future endeavours.”

When schools closed during the first lockdown, the first response was for the wellbeing of the students, teachers, staff, and franchisees. Razzamataz knew that it was crucial to still provide a much-needed service for customers and maintain the businesses for franchisees. Razzamataz provided numerous Online Workshops/Masterclasses for students in addition to their weekly sessions. This was on top of many other activities such as bedtime stories, kitchen discos, Senior’s nights in and regularly checking in with students and families for a wellbeing chat.

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The impact of the work in the community has created a positive effect for the lives of families within the area, not just students who attend the schools. This has included several initiatives including:

  • Sponsoring a Football Sports Kit for Yanwath Primary School.
  • Holding a Baby Bundles Collection collecting hundreds of baby items to donate to Baby Bundles who distribute these to mothers and babies in need, within the local community.
  • Sponsoring The Reading Bus at Beaconside Primary School.
  • Supporting CFM Radio Cash for Kids appeal by donating toys to their mission Christmas campaign.
  • Delivered exciting Tots and Tiny Tots Sessions free of charge to many local playgroups as they reopened their doors after the pandemic.
  • Hosting a ‘Strictly Come Razzing’ event which brought together the Razzamataz families to raise over £8000 for local charities.
  • Raising money for CFM Cash for Kids, The Great North Air Ambulance and Razzamataz Future Fund.

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“The pandemic was difficult for so many, and it hit our industry particularly badly,” says Denise Huton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “I’m so proud of the franchisees across the network who went over and above for our customers and communities and used the performing arts to bring people together and achieve amazing results. Razzamataz allows for people’s passion and purpose to collide. Franchisees not only mentor their students, but also their teams of teachers which in turn have a positive impact on their communities. The discipline and self-belief we instill in children build their confidence and allow them to go on and achieve their dreams, whatever they may be.”

Competition for the entry was tough but the Cumbrian Razzamataz franchisees impressed the judges with their commitment on several levels. They will now be entered into the prestigious UK final on Thursday 19th May in Glasgow, with a chance to be crowned the UK Small Business of the Year.

The FSB Award win topped off an exciting week for the network. Earlier on, some of the Razzamataz Head Office team and franchisees celebrated at the Elite Franchise Top 100 (EF100) event after being named as one of the UK’s top franchise opportunities from hundreds of entries across every sector.

Established in 2017 in association with HSBC, it recognises the sector’s brightest businesses and ranks them according to a broad range of criteria; from the financial performance and heritage, to their contribution to the community and the way they embrace innovation.

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Harpenden musical mum on 30-year-old idea that spawned Monkey Music

March 9, 2022

Thirty years ago, a Harpenden mum had an idea on how to introduce her baby daughter to music which has since expanded into Monkey Music; a celebrated programme for young children…

When Angie Coates came up with a plan to introduce her baby to the joys of music, little did she know it would form the basis of an award-winning UK business that has gone from strength to strength over the past 30 years.

Graduating from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, classically trained musician Angie took to the road, touring and performing and embracing her passion for music as a pianist and oboist. ‘I loved it,’ she says, ‘but I fell pregnant at the relatively young age of 26 and felt life on the road as a musician no longer worked for me.’

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Keen to share her love of music with her daughter, Millie, Angie searched for baby music classes, but failed to find anything suitable. ‘At the time, there was nothing where I lived in London to take my baby along to for music,’ she explains.

‘Any music classes were very formal, but I wanted something fun to learn to. I decided to write my own curriculum, for my own use and for friends and family, and it’s ended up being what it is today – Monkey Music.’

Founded by Angie in 1992, Monkey Music offers a progressive curriculum split into four stages – Rock ‘n’ Roll from three months, Heigh Ho for toddlers, Jiggety Jig for two and three years and Ding Dong for three and four year olds.

‘I actually wrote the second stage first, as my own baby was coming up to one,’ says Angie, who grew up in Harpenden and raised her children there, after a spell living in London. ‘I had five children over a 15-year period, so Monkey Music has grown with my own children.’

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The focus is on making music fun, while being educational.

‘I trained as a classical musician on oboe and piano, which is good training to have, but it can be restricting, so I had my eye on making music less formal and more fun for my own children.’

Angie’s passion is also driven by a clear childhood memory. ‘In your life, you have key moments that make you who you are. When I was very young, I was naturally very musical, but I hated playing the recorder. I was about seven and my mum said I had to carry on with it because I’d only given up Brownies the week before.

‘I went on to learn the clarinet. If I had given up the recorder then, I probably wouldn’t be in music now. It was sheer luck I carried on, and I’ve had the most wonderful life in music. I don’t want anyone else to risk giving it up, and I think that is my motivation for making music fun.’

To celebrate Monkey Music’s 30th anniversary, Angie is keen to organise a reunion of those who took part in her first ever class, saying, ‘I can remember them all very clearly. When I started out, I was teaching with cassette tapes and then the internet came along, and now we have downloads, so teaching is very much more agile.

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‘There came a time when I had 500 customers a week I was teaching, and my brother said I needed to franchise it as a business. I was a musician and didn’t know what it meant.

‘He left his career as a lawyer to be Monkey Music’s director and, between us, we were able to make it accessible to parents and children, and to people wanting to run their own business. It enabled me to grow and extend the reach of the business.’

Monkey Music now has 50 franchises and 150 teachers across the UK, with 700 hours of classes taught each week.

‘To start with we grew organically, because I was testing it out, and our teachers became franchisees,’ explains Angie. ‘We grew slowly, which was good because it gave a sound understanding of what we were trying to achieve.

‘We have a very long, thorough recruitment process because it’s really important to recruit the right people, and we insist on high levels of training. I always interview everybody, and I’m involved in the training. I’m a stickler for quality and not quantity. I don’t think you can rush growing a really sound reputation.

‘We take people from all walks of life because the curriculum is written so it can be taught by non-musicians, but they need a love of music and to understand it’s importance in child development.’

So what is music’s importance to a child’s development?
‘Linguistically, singing is important for children, and there are so many different things we do to support those early stages of speech development. Even with tiny babies, it’s about physical, social and emotional development. It’s at the heart of what we do together as a group.’

Monkey Music classes are jam-packed with musical and sensory activities, using props, instruments, bubbles and more. ‘We don’t place any demands on the children,’ says Angie, ‘and one of the things people often say to us is that they can enjoy the company of their own child without feeling they have to make conversation.

‘It’s a privilege to be in a relationship with our customers at a very special time in their lives, and we respect that. I wouldn’t enjoy running a business that didn’t have that genuine heart.’

Angie is celebrating her brainchild being named the number one children’s music franchise in the UK and making it into this year’s Elite Franchise Top 100, competing against household brands such as Subway and Vodafone to take 39th place.

The prestigious franchising list ranks businesses in the sector according to a broad range of criteria, including financial performance, heritage, innovation and contribution to the community.

‘We’re incredibly proud, and we have finished in the top 50 every year since the Elite Franchise Top 100 began in 2017.’

Angie says that Monkey Music is all about sharing precious time together and while the pandemic has ‘taken its toll on many of our Monkey Music families across the UK’ music has helped promote a general sense of wellbeing.

‘We are constantly raising the standards within the children’s music sector and believe this ranking will set us apart once again. It is a welcome boost for the year ahead.’

Looking to the future, she adds: ‘The driving force has always been to extend the reach of what we do, so the aim is to continue to expand and grow.’

By Richard Young

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Code Ninjas franchisees: Taking the lead on life by striking the perfect work-life balance

October 22, 2021

The pandemic brought with it more than a few unwelcome side effects. ‘Voluntary redundancy’ and ‘furlough’ became common buzzwords that we hoped would never be in the conversation, but the harsh reality for many has been that they have lost control of having a healthy work-life balance as a result of matters out of everyone’s hands.

Now that offices are reopening, and life is going back to ‘normal, ’ the concept of taking back control and being the master of your own work-life balance has never been more important.

And for many, the thought of becoming a franchisee and running a business has never been more attractive. This has been the key inspiration for many Code Ninjas franchisees who, by joining the world’s largest kids coding franchise network, have been able to strike a work-life balance that works perfectly for them.

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Retaining a healthy work-life balance has certainly been brought to the forefront of employees’ and employers’ minds as a result of COVID. According to a recent Working Families survey, 97% of employees want their workplace to retain flexible working after the pandemic1. Meanwhile, in the same survey, 86% of parents reported wanting to work flexibly, but only 1 in 5 jobs advertise such benefits2. Code Ninjas allows franchisees the chance to be as involved in the day-to-day operations of the business as they see fit. By being well equipped to either manage the business from a distance or take a more hands-on role in the operations, striking the perfect work-life balance has never been so available to prospective business owners.

One such franchisee, James Miller – who owns Code Ninjas Surbiton – decided that Code Ninjas was the ideal investment for the very reason of striking a work-life balance. “I was looking to invest in a business before COVID hit and was originally considering the fitness sector. But then I discovered Code Ninjas! Having the opportunity to make a real impact on children’s educational experiences while also taking control of my own fate resonated with me. My boys are 9 and 11 years old and are obsessed with gaming, so choosing a business like this that will positively impact their love of technology in the future aligned with my own ambitions and desire to make the right decisions for their lives as well as my own. Additionally, being given the opportunity to spend more time with my boys in and outside of the dojo has been ideal, and I feel that, although it’s been a difficult period for all businesses, there have been so many silver linings with what Code Ninjas has given me on a personal level.”

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National work-life week is right around the corner, taking place on the 11th to 15th October. Justin Nihiser, CEO of Code Ninjas, explains why franchising is the ideal opportunity to focus on your own well-being. “Ask yourself, is your employer giving you the flexibility you need to get the most from your job and personal life? Have you spent enough time on yourself recently? How satisfied are you with the work-life balance in your immediate future? If you are dissatisfied with any of the thoughts you have about your own work-life balance, then you may need to consider how to make your situation work for you again. Making small, practical changes can drastically improve the situation that you’re in. Equally, if you’ve had that one ‘big idea’ at the back of your mind for a while now, why not take the risk?”

“I never would have thought taking on more responsibilities by investing in a business would have helped me strike a healthier work-life balance. Code Ninjas has opened so many doors for me. Not just as an entrepreneur, but as a parent. It’s so important to take back control now we are on the other side of the pandemic, and I can honestly say investing in Code Ninjas was the best way for me to achieve that,” added James.

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Code Ninjas Partners with Absorb Software to Train, Increase Kid Coders

August 27, 2021

Code Ninjas, the largest and fastest growing kids coding franchise in the world, has recently partnered with Absorb Software to better support their franchisees. Utilizing Absorb Software to integrate written materials and videos to enhance training was a benefit to hundreds of Code Ninjas locations in the US, Canada, and UK.

“Ensuring that our franchisees have everything they need to successfully run their business is important to our Home Office team,” explained Justin Nihiser, CEO of Code Ninjas. “Partnering with Absorb Software has allowed us to not only increase the amount of training we can provide, but also the ease to which it is accessed throughout our global organization. From individual summer camps to how to engage with the community, the trainings are further enabling our franchisees to succeed on all sides of their business.”

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Each Code Ninjas franchisee owns and operates their own location(s), meaning that they are responsible for implementing the marketing materials, operational tactics, and curriculum that the Home Office team provides. Understanding how best to not only use materials provided, but also quickly and easily access the platforms they exist on as well, is key to the success of the franchisee. Director of Training Jamie Handy was brought on to the Code Ninjas Home Office team in December 2020 to lead efforts to improve training for franchisees.

“When deciding on the right Learning Management System for Code Ninjas, we looked for three things in particular – a system that was scalable, easy to use for our franchise system, and a great value for the offering. Absorb Software met all of those requirements,” shared Handy. “The Absorb Software team worked tirelessly to ensure that we had the correct products that Code Ninjas needed and provided step-by-step onboarding to make sure the set up would be ready and seamless at launch. This partnership has already shown impressive results.”

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Within the first 60 days that Code Ninjas franchisees were able to access materials through Absorb LMS, 700+ users had accessed their account. This included Code Ninjas franchisees, Center Directors who are front facing at their locations, and Code Senseis™ who directly interact with the kids who come into the locations to learn to code.

“Partnering with Code Ninjas, a company that understands the lasting impact of quality training, speaks to the foundation of why we built Absorb LMS,” said Mike Owens, Founder and CEO of Absorb Software. “Not only are they giving kids the opportunity to learn valuable skills, but they’re also setting franchisees up for success by keeping them aligned with the company’s mission and values. It’s exactly the type of use case at the center of our wheelhouse.”

Code Ninjas has 300+ locations open in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom – all of which have access to trainings and information now housed on Absorb Software.

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Franchise Theatre School Congratulates Scholarship Winners

July 7, 2021

The world may have been put on hold but that hasn’t stopped children and young people dreaming of their futures. For those with a passion for performing arts, Razzamataz, a national theatre school network has helped keep those dreams alive with a prestigious scholarship worth up to £855 per student.

Over the last few months, all of the part-time franchises in the Razzamataz Theatre School network have worked alongside the prestigious newspaper for the performing arts industry The Stage. Together, they have created an exciting scholarship opportunity for children and young people across the UK. The network are offering thousands of pounds worth of free tuition, something which means a great deal to many families trying to support their kids.

“We are so proud to once again offer these prestigious scholarships in association with The Stage newspaper,” says Denise Hutton Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz Theatre Schools. “It’s been particularly challenging for business with all the lockdowns but we were all determined that our students and young people in the community would not miss out on this wonderful opportunity. Although the impact of Covid has hit small businesses like ours very hard, we collectively felt that it was important to continue to offer as many opportunities as possible to support young people who have had to show incredible resilience over the last year and a half. A huge congratulations to all of our scholarship winners and we are delighted to welcome lots of new students to the Razzamataz Family.”

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The scholarships were open to all young people between the ages of 6-18. Both current Razzamataz students and those that haven’t had any formal training were eligible to apply. For young people who have had to continue their practice at home while in lockdown or isolating, they have shown a huge amount of drive and determination.

“The performing arts is wonderful but competitive career but our students have proved that they have the resilience to work their way through the difficult times,” adds Denise. “For children who have never had any training before, we are so delighted to welcome them to Razzamataz and the excellent training that our schools offer. We know what a positive impact that the performing arts can offer all children so we are so pleased that our franchisees have continued this exceptional offer.”

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Former Razzamataz scholarship students have gone on to be successful in many West End shows including Hamilton, &Juliet, Matilda, School of Rock and many TV shows as well as a starring in a Disney movie.

As well as the financial incentives, the auditions gave students something positive to look forward to. Performing arts professionals across the UK helped to make the difficult judging decisions, giving students the opportunity to stretch themselves and aim high.

Razzamataz Theatre Schools teach thousands of children. With more than 20 years’ experience, the Principals have seen first-hand how performing arts can transform young people’s lives. With the focus now firmly on children’s physical and mental health, there is more demand than ever before for the Razzamataz classes.

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“We have talked for years about how important the arts are for children,” adds Denise. “Our classes help to develop confidence, teamwork, resilience and can help with both physical and mental health. The lockdowns have really shined a light on the fact that more needs to be done in these areas so we are really delighted to be part of the movement to promote the arts.”

Although for much of the last 18 months, the schools have been closed or operating with restrictions, that hasn’t stopped new franchisees from joining the network. So far in 2021, five new schools have joined the Dragons’ Den backed franchise with many existing franchisees growing their original territory.

The new franchisees join the ten new Principals who joined the network in 2020. Even during the pandemic, Razzamataz was able to continue to grow the network and continue the high level of support and training.

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Applause for Razzamataz scoring top marks in franchisee satisfaction survey

June 2, 2021

Razzamataz Theatre Schools is delighted to announce that for the fourth time it has been awarded a 5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction rating on feedback from its franchisees in a survey conducted by WorkBuzz, a leading independent franchise consultancy.

The Franchise Satisfaction Benchmark (FSB) from WorkBuzz, invites franchisees to participate in an anonymous online survey about their franchise experience. Using a consistent methodology, the franchise is assigned an overall FSB score and the highest performing franchisors are recognised in the Best Franchise Awards.

Razzamataz saw a response rate that gave an overall FSB score of 87%, with several broken down results rating higher than the industry average said the franchisor. This is in addition to being named as Best Franchise (£2m to £10m network turnover) in the WorkBuzz Best Franchise Awards 2020/21 sponsored by Lloyds Bank.

Some of the standout areas that Razzamataz highlights include scoring 100% on products and services (19% higher than industry average), 94% on marketing support (17% higher) and 95% on training and support (23% higher).

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Razzamataz said comments from franchisees resulting from the survey included: “Our service supports children and their families. This is always needed but now it is absolutely essential … Great branding and always willing to invest in our marketing … Initial training was excellent, and support has been continuous.”

An area that the franchisor repeatedly saw comments on was how it has been supporting franchisees during the pandemic, with the following opinion typical from one of its many franchisees said the company:

“The support during lockdowns has been absolutely outstanding and I think it was so good it is worth mentioning as a standalone comment. Head office were there for us every step of the way, providing us with not only ways in which to adapt so quickly that not even a single session was missed, but they also helped retain students and gain new ones.”

Although many franchisees said the biggest challenge facing their business was Covid-19, Razzamataz said it is very proud of how its theatre schools are getting back to and beyond pre-pandemic numbers. This optimism is shared by the majority of its franchisees when asked about the next 12 months, with 88% of franchisees expecting profitability to improve.

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Denise Hutton-Gosney, managing director and founder of Razzamataz, said: “We are delighted to once again receive the 5 Star rating from WorkBuzz’s Franchise Satisfaction Benchmark in what has been the most difficult year for the children’s activity sector. I would like to say a huge thank you to my head office team and all of my amazing franchisees for showing their commitment to the brand and the continued support they showed to all of our young customers and their families.

“When I think back to the start of the first lockdown and everything we have achieved since then, I’m so proud of the way that we pulled together as one big team in an extremely ethical and responsible way, keeping everyone’s best interests at heart. Receiving this positive feedback at the end of this challenging 12 months has been very heart-warming.”

WorkBuzz added: “Franchisee satisfaction is a powerful concept in franchising. Positive levels of franchisee satisfaction can contribute to strong network growth and development. This is achieved not only from the franchisor, but also the wider community. Razzamataz franchisees scored 100% (29% higher than industry average) when asked about peer support, stating that head office and the community of franchisees are incredibly helpful.”

As Razzamataz emerges from the restrictions of the pandemic, the network is looking to the future, as Hutton-Gosney explains: “We have been researching and talking to suppliers to improve the administrative process, saving franchisees time and allowing them to focus on other areas. Head office is also looking at a new merchandise range and different options for an e-commerce site so we can best serve our customers.”

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Razzamataz said that to be a successful franchisor, it is important to give a voice to everyone in the network. With its Franchise Advisory Council and a recently introduced Mastermind Group, every franchisee has access to a representative to get their voice heard. A further new initiative by the franchisor is the introduction of ‘Wellness and Collaboration’ calls, where franchisees are given the opportunity to speak directly to Hutton-Gosney and Support Manager, Charlotte Young.

Summing up the survey, Matty Aitchison-Rayson, the franchisee for West Cumbria, said he was blown away by how much the numbers have grown following the support from Denise, Charlotte, head office and the network.

Here Aitchison-Rayson shares the best things about being a franchisee with Razzamataz:

  • Support from head office and fellow franchisees
  • Being part of a family
  • Ever growing – student numbers are increasing which means profits are too
  • Brand awareness
  • Flexibility around family life
  • Great branding and always willing to invest in our marketing
  • Head office and the community of franchisees is incredibly helpful. They are welcoming and truly believe that one franchise doing well helps everyone
  • Opportunities and cost saving I wouldn’t get on my own
  • Our high expectations and quality of training provided
  • Our service is inclusive and differs to the competition in every way, including price, meaning we can help more people
  • Reactive to all government guidelines
  • Head office have gone above and beyond to support us through the pandemic
  • Retaining stature in the performing arts industry
  • The profitability
  • Willing to invest in professionals to train us in marketing

Razzamataz is looking to launch more theatre schools across the UK and overseas, and currently has franchise resales available for the territories of Berkshire, High Wycombe, Horsham, Paisley, Renfrewshire and West Sussex.

Source: Franchise World

Code Ninjas Ranked as a Top New Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine

May 18, 2021

Code Ninjas, the world’s largest and fastest growing kids coding franchise, announced today that the company has been ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Top New Franchises and Fastest-Growing Franchises lists. Code Ninjas came in at No. 17 on the Top New Franchises list, which features 100 rising stars in the franchise world.

Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Top New Franchises list features up-and-coming businesses that have been franchising for five years or less. The rankings are judged based on each brand’s score received in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list that covers key areas including financial strength and stability, company size and growth, brand recognition and franchisee support. This prestigious list emphasizes attractive franchise brands across the U.S. to help potential business partners make high-upside investments.

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“After a year of global uncertainty, Code Ninjas is already seeing a recovery of sales and increased growth. Being ranked as a Top New Franchise is an opportunity to recognize and thank all of our franchise owners and team members for their hard work in serving our ninjas during this time,” said Justin Nihiser, CEO. “Everyone at Code Ninjas understands the importance of providing children with the experience of coding, especially during continuous uncertainty and change in their lives. We are excited to see where we go next, as this is just the beginning of our story.”

In February of 2021, Code Ninjas celebrated having 300 locations open for the first time in company history. They reached this notable milestone in less than five years of operation. In fact, 98 locations opened worldwide in 2020 alone, helping cement Code Ninjas as the global leader in the kids’ coding category.

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At Code Ninjas, kids learn how to code in a fun, safe, and social learning environment where gaming is celebrated, and STEM is cool. The franchise offers kids the opportunity to dive into fun, challenging, and rewarding projects and activities that will engage them and bring out skill sets that will benefit them as they grow. Everything about Code Ninjas is built around fun, which keeps kids coming back. The curriculum is self-paced, but not self-taught; kids get immediate help and encouragement from Code Senseis™ and fellow students as they advance from white to black belt, on the nine-belt program that makes up Code Ninjas CREATE. Younger kids are able to take part in Code Ninjas JR, and all ages are able to take part in summer camps instilling the problem solving and critical thinking skills into the leaders of the future.

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Razzamataz Theatre School Bringing Back Opportunities For Talented Kids

April 20, 2021

Razzamataz Theatre Schools is once again working with The Stage newspaper to offer youngsters the chance to win thousands of pounds worth of training in dance, drama and singing.

During lockdown, the franchise theatre schools remained active and held many online classes for children up and down the country. The Principals and teachers have been in awe of the dedication of children to continue to participate in their performing arts training from their living rooms, bedrooms and gardens.

“Our students have shown a huge amount of resilience during the last twelve months and have proved their dedication to the performing arts,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Principal of Razzamataz. “We are delighted to be able to offer them this opportunity to give them something exciting and challenging to aim for.” In fact, Denise started her own journey in the performing arts by responding to an advert her mum had seen in the local paper for auditions looking for local raw talent.

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For young people with the drive and determination to make it in the world of performing arts, but who don’t have the training behind them, this is a fantastic opportunity to win a year’s worth of tuition, worth up to £855, at their local Razzamataz. Former students have gone on to be successful in many West End shows including Hamilton, &Juliet, Matilda, School of Rock and many TV shows as well as a starring in a Disney movie.

Many past students have also shown how performing arts has made a positive impact on their lives and given them the belief that through hard work and dedication, they can go on and achieve their dreams be it becoming a doctor, lawyer or teacher.

Razzamataz is passionate about the power of performing arts and the positive impact that it makes on young people. With the many missed events for children that has occurred during the lockdowns, Razzamataz is delighted to be able to open up the audition to both current students and those that have never had any performing arts training before.

As well as the financial assistance, the scholarship offers a huge boost in confidence with many past winners explaining that it gave them the belief to go on and follow their dreams.

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“With so many activities suspended over this past year, it’s has been tough on many children who live for the thing they are most passionate about,” adds Denise. “We teach thousands of children across the UK and we know through feedback from parents just how performing arts can transform young lives. Although we have many children who go on to perform as professionals, we also have many students who come to us to build their confidence and learn valuable life skills. We urge all children to give the audition process a go and we applaud them all for stepping out of their comfort zone and trying something new.”

To ensure as many children from the age of 6-18 can enter, Razzamataz has created a scholarship system where students and young people in the local area film a short demo of no more than two minutes long showing them performing either a musical theatre song and dance, commercial dance (hip hop or street), pop song, drama improvisation or scripted drama piece. The demo does not have to be professionally filmed. Applicants will also complete a short application form detailing why they would like to take this opportunity.

“There will be teams of judges throughout the UK helping Principals select a winning candidate,” adds Denise. “We are not looking for a fully polished performance, it is the potential that we want to see. In fact, natural talent and a willingness to learn are what we are really looking for. Our teams of teachers will be able to take this raw talent and nurture it to give the young person an all-round theatre arts training.”

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Past winners within the Razzamataz network include Robson Broad, current cast member of Hamilton in the West End. Robson was a scholarship winner when he was 12 and said at the time: “I was thrilled to win the scholarship. Seeing my picture in The Stage newspaper, being interviewed, going to a proper photo shoot has been amazing. I have much more confidence and ambition because Razzamataz and The Stage have shown their belief in me. One day I hope I will get the chance to go to The Stage party wearing a RED badge (cast member!) The biggest advice I got from the day is work hard and keep trying, because what at first seems impossible can become possible. Dreams can come true…so fingers crossed!”

To apply to The Stage scholarship, contact your local Razzamataz school.

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Bolton teacher started drama lessons during Covid pandemic

March 30, 2021

A TEACHER and mum-of-three has made it her mission to help improve children’s wellbeing by introducing them to the world of performing arts. Laura Hanlon began a new Little Voices franchise in Bolton at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, running drama and singing lessons for children aged four to 18.

With venues due to reopen in April, the primary school teacher wants to spread the message and help as many children as possible after what has been ‘a difficult year for young people’.

In aid of supporting young people who may be struggling with their mental health as a result of Covid-19, Laura and her team have kept children engaged during lockdown with free video workshops and weekly lessons.

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Laura, 33, who lives in Lostock, bought the Bolton franchise in April 2020 during the first national lockdown but has been determined to help it grow. She also runs the Bury franchise of the national performing arts training organisation.

She said: “At first it was a really stressful time as I tried to get my head around taking over a new business and growing it, as well as taking our lessons online.

“It was so important for our pupils to still have structure and normality in a confusing time in their lives.

“I met most of my pupils for the first time while we were online. Every time we went back into venue following a lockdown, more pupils joined and amazingly we are going from strength to strength.”

Founded in Blackburn in 2007, Little Voices grew nationally, with more than 50 franchises dotted across the UK, from Bolton to London.

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The group prides itself in having small classes and putting students through their London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams.

Laura added: “I wasn’t going to be defeated as I knew I had such a strong support network of fellow principals around me and parents who were calling out for some positivity and fun in their children’s lives.

“Performing arts is perfect for this as it really boosts children’s wellbeing – allowing them to believe they can do it. I love watching their confidence grow.

“I have spent most of this year seeing my pupils through a computer screen and there is now a real buzz that we are heading out of this and we will be back into our venues finally.”

Laura has big hopes for the future, with plans to put pupils through their LAMDA exams soon while welcoming more youngsters.

By Sam Ormiston

Source: The Bolton News