Franchise conference to inspire, challenge and grow

Razzamataz Theatre Schools Ltd

What a way to kick start the new year with the first ever three-day Razzamataz Conference. Set in the stunning Lake District, Razzamataz franchise partners were treated to a spectacular mix of training, wellness coaching, exciting challenges and entertainment in what has proved to be the biggest and best Conference to date.

The theme, It all starts with you, weaved through every element of the event, with guest speakers and coaches supporting franchise partners to understand how to maximise their business through their own actions.

With the incredible backdrop of the Lake District, franchise partners were invited to challenge themselves both physically and mentally with a choice of a fell walk at Latrigg Fell in Keswick led by two experienced leaders or a cold water lake dip, in Ullswater led by Ullswater Swim Place Director, Colin Hill a former Winter Swimming World Champion & Age Group Triathlon GB Champion. 

“The challenges are a chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery and to give franchise partners a chance to step out of their comfort zone to achieve something that maybe they didn’t think was possible,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “With all these feel good endorphins flowing round the body, it was a perfect way to get into a positive mindset to start the Conference event.”

Throughout the Conference, franchise partners got involved in several tasks to help them cultivate a growth mindset and think differently about ways in which they can better serve their business. Guest speakers included: Pip Wilkins QFP who is the Chief Executive of the British Franchise association (bfa), Andrew Kindling,the founder of Kindling, a consulting firm specialising in working with children’s businesses seeking to grow their operations, Ryan Armitage, Director of Tezlom who spoke about his personal challenges which coincided with huge business growth and Kay Lou Haskins a breathing coach and cold water therapist who took franchise partners through a mindfulness session.

An important part of the event was ensuring that franchise partners felt supported and motivated within their business. Helping them to say goodbye to self-limiting beliefs, it was wonderful to have NLP practitioner and Principal of Razzamataz Glasgow North Amanda Birnie who shared her own journey and talked about how to overcome obstacles and achieve both professional and personal success.

During the evening, franchise partners were treated to a three-course meal and entertainment from Matthew Pagan from Collabro. Matt has performed all over the world including Japan, Hong Kong, USA, Canada and Europe as well as four sell-out UK tours. He talked to the franchise partners about how to prepare their students for the professional world of performing arts and his exciting career, which includes teaching at Razzamataz. The evening was also a chance for franchise partners to find out the results of the awards, a highlight in the celebrations.

Day three of the Conference was the Business Review Day led by consultant, coach and mentor, Hayley Limpkin. She draws from her impressive business and performing arts background to support small businesses as well as being the network business coach for Razzamataz Theatre Schools. The session was a chance for franchise partners to consolidate what they had learnt and take a magnifying glass to their business.

Who won what

Razzamataz Award winners

Razzamataz New Franchisee of the Year Award, Asha Marie Richardson, Razzamataz South Lakes

Razzamataz Team Member of The Year 2022: Tash Aston from Razzamataz Tonbridge

Razzamataz Outstanding Social Media Award 2022: Chloe Russell, Razzamataz Chester

Razzamataz Choice Award 2022: Catherine Morales, Razzamataz Rayleigh

HO Choice award 2022: Michaela Crumpton, Razzamataz Bristol

Razzamataz Variety Showcase Award: Esme and James, Razzamataz Newcastle

Razzamataz Outstanding School Award, Asha Marie Richardson, Razzamataz South Lakes

Razzamataz Franchise of the Year, Debbi Ledwith, Razzamataz Newbury

Hear from our guests

“Thank you for having me as part of your incredible Conference. What an incredible achievement with the whole brand and wow, what an amazing group of entrepreneurs. Thank you so much for the experience,” Ryan Armitage, Director, Tezlom.

“A genuine heartfelt thanks for the kind invite Denise, Hayley and Charlotte. It was a pleasure and a privilege to get to meet your network and share some thoughts with you all. Massive congratulations to all of you for the hard work and effort that goes into pulling off a conference like that. Well done to all of the speakers for some really inspiring sessions,” Andrew Walters, Founder of Kindling.

“This is how to start a Conference off and get everyone energized on what is meant to be Blue Monday. First Member Conference of the year and it’s a buzzing one. Denise and Razzamataz, thanks for sharing your day with me,” Pip Wilkins QFP, Chief Executive of the British Franchise association (bfa).

Hear from our franchise partners

“Thank you so much for a brilliant three days. An absolutely stand out conference with lots of takeaways,” Helen Bell, Razzamataz Sheffield.

“Had such an amazing day yesterday! Thank you Denise, Charlotte and the rest of HO for organising,” Sam Wingfield, Razzamataz Leighton Buzzard.

“I’ve had the best time, thank you Denise and Head Office and all of the speakers. It was so lovely reconnecting with everyone in person. Feeling the love,” Amanda Birnie, Razzamataz Glasgow North.

“I don’t know about anyone else but I’m feeling quite overwhelmed tonight after such an incredible couple of days. I feel very lucky to be part of this special network and have taken so much from the past few days. It’s been incredible to spend it with you all, thank you Denise for giving us these amazing opportunities to come together, to be inspired, to learn and to grow,” Debbie Mitchell, Razzamataz Carlisle and Dumfries.  

“Thanks so much everyone for making this Razzamataz Conference amazing! My favourite parts were getting to know everyone better, feeling connected and Amanda’s energy! There were so many other amazing parts too, it’s been my favourite Razzamataz Conference so far. Joining in a pandemic, I still feel quite new to the network socially, so it was really lovely! Thanks so much everyone that works so hard to make this event Razztastic,” Felicity Clifton, Co-Principal of Razzamataz Romford, Hornchurch and Dagenham.

“I just wanted to say how much I LOVED spending time with you all this weekend! I feel so blessed to be part of such a wonderful network with truly incredible, passionate and lovely people,” Charlotte Olivares, Razzamataz Maidstone.  

“Absolutely loved the Conference thank you Denise, Charlotte, Hayley and HO for an amazing time!! Buzzing and what a fab evening last night. I’ve loved seeing you all and being able to celebrate how amazing we all are but what an amazing network we are as a collective,” Matty Aitchison-Rayson, Razzamataz West Cumbria.

“Such a fab event, shared with some pretty amazing peeps. Here’s to a fantastic 2023, you all deserve it,” Michaela Crumpton, Razzamataz Bristol.

“Best Conference I’ve attended so far, what a great event,” Chloe Lee, Razzamataz Chester.

“Incredible three days. Thank you so much team. Can’t wait to start putting it all into place here in Stockton over the coming weeks,” Amber Gibney.

“Thank you for an amazing time yesterday, your hard work is much appreciated, you’re a star,” Eve Aston, Razzamataz Tonbridge.

“This was a fabulous 2023 Conference. What a three days though, open water swimming, well-being sessions, turning our numbers to our story and a wonderful dinner and dance. How lovely to spend time with such a fabulous Razz Family. Thank you Head Office,” Andrea White, Razzamataz Bognor and Horsham.


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