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From teacher to Razzamataz franchise owner

Natalie James
Balfron, Paisley and Glasgow North

Why I chose franchising
I was a teacher of Drama for Razzamataz in 2004 but decided in 2007 that this would be a good business opportunity for myself. Also the school’s name had great exposure on BBCs Dragons Den.

What I did before taking up a franchise
I studied for three years at the RSAMD for a BA (THEATRE). After this I was signed to record label EMI Netherlands to be part of a girl band Bad Candy in 2005. I was also part of the TV show the X FACTOR to be the finalists English Coach.

How I raised the finance
I raised the money through a mixture of money from Business Gateway, personal savings and a bank Loan.

The training and support I receive from my franchisor
I receive a lot of online and phone support from my franchisor. Meetings including an AGM which all franchisees find very helpful. I also have a support worker who monitors my businesses development.

The challenges I have faced
I found the admin and paperwork side of the business to be the most challenging aspects of running Razzamataz for me.

My advice to someone thinking of buying their first franchise
Make sure you have a good support network, online/phone support and maybe a person from the support team who monitors and keeps in touch with you regularly.

My plans for the future
Expand my schools. I am also part of the Support Team to assist the Franchisees in Scotland.