A day in the life… Denise Hutton-Gosney

Do you want to know what it is like to be part of the Razzamataz family?
Take a peak inside a day in the life of some of our Head Office staff

Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz

School run
I’m up around 6.30-7am during the week and generally start my day with a black coffee. I’ll then wake up my eldest son for school, then my youngest and like most families, the school prep and run are pretty hectic. The flexibility of running my own business is crucial because if my husband is away, I have to get to two different schools before 8.45am, which is basically impossible!

Work life
After the drop off I either go to my office which is just around the corner, or my home office which is just up the hill from my youngest sons’ school. I’ll work until 12noon then I head to Cross Fit, which is my ‘lunch break’ but also the thing that keeps me healthy both physically and mentally. I’ll get back around 1.30, shower and eat then get back to work before I need to do the school run again. My day’s work can be anything from speaking to the team at Disneyland Paris about our students’ upcoming performance, meeting people who are interested in becoming franchisees or sourcing more opportunities for the Razzamataz brand. I can do lots of things remotely but I like to check in with the Head Office team regularly because nothing beats face to face meetings.

My five year-old son has T1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease, requiring round the clock care at his young age. The beauty of my business is that I can care for him at home if he’s had a bad night and needs to rest, whilst I can carry on working. I am a big advocate of charity work, particularly now for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund). We don’t know what causes T1 and without a cause we cannot find a cure. It’s my long-term wish to find a cure in my lifetime.

Early evening
After eating, my boys normally have some sort of club to attend. My eldest is at football most nights and my youngest goes to Razz Minis in Penrith and lots of other clubs so it’s great that I’m around to ferry them from one place to another.

Wind down
I like us all to be showered and settled for the night by around 7pm so we can chill, watch some TV and attempt to get to sleep by 10pm. I often check emails in the evening and sometimes get a bit of a head’s start for work the next day but I’ve been running a business for long enough to know that it is also really important to just switch off and spend time with the boys and my husband. I’m at my happiest when I’m surrounded by my family, just chatting and catching up with everyone.