A day and night of joyful celebration was the perfect way to welcome Razzamataz Theatre Schools to its twentieth year in business. The franchise theatre school celebrated turning 20 with a glitzy and glamourous birthday party surrounded by Principals, teachers and special guests.
The day Conference event was held at the spectacular Atmosphere Venues in Millbank, London, which was then followed by an Awards ceremony, dinner and dancing onboard a luxury Thames Charter taking in some of the most iconic vistas of the capital.
Founder and MD of Razzamataz Theatre Schools, Denise Hutton-Gosney, kicked off the event in party spirits, welcoming guests with party hats and competitions. The rest of the day followed suit by reflecting on an incredible twenty years and the friends made along the way.
Special guest speakers motivated and helped franchisees consider the year ahead in business and how to enjoy this incredible milestone, both personally and professionally. Penny Power (OBE) and her husband built the first social network for business people. It became a global online and offline home for over 650,000 business owners until it could no longer compete with the giants of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and they lost the business in 2012, after 14 years. Penny was awarded an OBE in 2014 for the work they did and has gone on to write two business books; Know Me Like Me Follow Me and Business is Personal. Penny shared her own personal journey with the Razzamataz franchisees and gave them the tools and mindset to build the life they want in business.
With branding and social media playing a large part in the business of Razzamataz, franchisees were delighted to listen to Hannah Power, a personal branding specialist focused on supporting purpose driven entrepreneurs to become powerful online leaders. Hannah’s goal is to inspire and teach as many people as possible to step into their light, share their message and lead their tribe. Her session inspired many franchisees to step out of their comfort zone online and share the Razzamataz ethos even further.
“The venues were incredible, speakers both informative and motivational, and so many ‘little touches’ throughout that truly made the day special,” Emma Louise Campbell, Principal of Razzamataz Cambridge.
A number of other highlights of the Conference came from the Principals of Razzamataz schools up and down the country. Debbie Mitchell, the Principal of Razzamataz Carlisle has spoken a number of times on how to ‘put on an Amazing Showcase’ and this year she wanted to get her message over in an unforgettable way. Debbie cleverly changed the lyrics to the Lion King’s ‘Be Prepared’ to offer a hilarious lesson in making sure no stone is left unturned when it comes to prepping for a big show.
Being part of the Razzamataz network enables Principals to express their imaginative side. The Creative Awards celebrates all that our Principals achieve through their work in their community and creatively. We were delighted that our guest judge Matt Lee Alliston, owner of The Stage and Production House, once again returned from the USA to share his experience and take on the task of sifting through such wonderful entries. “It is a privilege to be a part of these Awards and I’m thankful to be working with the amazing team and phenomenally talented children of Razzamataz.”
The evening event on board a luxury Thames Charter was magical and provided the perfect backdrop to celebrate the award winners and their achievements. The Awards were set up to highlight franchisees who go above and beyond in everything that they do and look to reward individuals who strive to add value to the Razzamataz brand at whatever stage of business they are at currently.
“Thank you so much for the award,” says Michael French, Principal of Razzamataz Barnet and winner of the Future Fund Ambassador Award. “They really do mean so much to everyone and it’s such an amazing feeling knowing you are appreciated within the network.”
The evening event was attended by a host of special guests including Penny and Hannah Power, Richard Davies from What Franchise magazine, Charlotte Rutherford from The Stage newspaper, Sarah Canny and Claire Robinson from The Approved Franchise Association and Tessa Robinson from Club Hub UK.
“This was an incredibly special time for me and my team,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “We wanted the event to be memorable and reflect the support and fun that we have as a network. I’m very proud of the community we have created and the opportunities we have given to thousands of children over the last twenty years.”
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