Helen Green, 23, lives in Sheffield. A young entrepreneur who has just launched her own Dragons’ Den part-time theatre school Razzamataz Sheffield.
Q. How did you hear about Razzamataz
Helen: I first heard of Razzamataz through a friend who completed the TUI contract in 2008. He mentioned that some of the schools in Cumbria were looking for a singing teacher so I emailed Denise and was lucky enough to get the job. Throughout my degree I worked in Dumfries, Whitehaven, Penrith, Durham and Carlisle and upon graduation got a job at HO. I have been with Razzamataz for four years now.
Q. Do you have a background in the performing arts?
Helen: Yes, I have performed from a young age playing piano and singing. My degree is a BA Joint Honours in Drama and Musical Theatre but I fell in love with teaching from day one at Razz and knew that was what I wanted to do.
Q. Have you run your own business before and/or did you always want to run your own business?
Helen: I always liked the idea of running my own business but I didn’t think I had the skills to do so. It was only from working at Razz HO that I had more faith in my own abilities. Coupled with the great training and support I have had from HO I’m now very excited to be starting my own business.
Q. What attracted you to the franchise sector, specifically children’s performing arts?
Helen: I liked the idea of being part of a network, with Razzamataz there is always someone on the end of the phone and other Principals who have been through it. I have had a lot of support from not only Denise and the Head Office team but also from other franchisees who have been keen to pass on learnings from their launch.
Q. How did you finance your Razzamataz franchise?
Q. What are you most looking forward to in becoming a Razzamataz principal?
Helen: Having worked for Razzamataz for four years I have taught a lot of children and seen them grow not only as performers but as young people. I hope to see my students learn and develop through Razzamataz and to help them become more confident and well-rounded individuals.
Q. What are the most difficult aspects of running your own business?
Helen: It is quite daunting at times, I have been a little overwhelming quite a few times during the past few months but Razzamataz break everything down in to an easy to follow launch planner which makes it so manageable.
Without a ‘boss’ it can sometimes be hard to get motivated but that is where the network and support system plays a big part. Everyone has those days so it can sometimes just be helpful to pick up the phone and have a quick chat with another Principal for a little inspiration.
Q. What advice can you offer any young person wishing to buy a franchise?
Helen: Make sure that you are willing to make a substantial commitment to your business, there is no benefit in franchising for a year. It is however an excellent way to begin running your own business. You have all the benefits of working for yourself but the added support and proven successful of a well established and recognised brand.
Principal: Helen Green
Email: [email protected]
Call: 01143030455 / 07979189177