Help­ing bud­ding ac­tors take cen­tre stage from an early age

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FRAN­CHIS­ING For­mer ac­tress Al­li­son malone is one of hun­dreds of peo­ple us­ing fran­chises to help set up a chil­dren’s ser­vices busi­ness.

Now a fran­chisee with Stage­coach Per­form­ing Arts School in Leather­head, Sur­rey, she was an in-de­mand per­former for ten years, but gave it up to take a job in mar­ket­ing when she started her own fam­ily.

‘I missed per­form­ing and started teach­ing for Stage­coach part time,’ she says. ‘Af­ter hav­ing my sec­ond child, I de­cided to be­come a Stage­coach fran­chisee.

‘I was un­sure if I had the skills for my own busi­ness, but re­search told me that any skill gaps would be cov­ered by train­ing and sup­port.’

In ten years, she has seen thou­sands of chil­dren pass through her Stage­coach schools and has bumped into alumni who are now in pro­fes­sional the­atre.

She says: ‘I pride my­self on the in­vest­ment I put back into my fran­chise. The stu­dents are my driv­ing force and the rea­son I put my heart and soul into what I do.’

Andy Knights, direc­tor of Stage­coach UK, says: ‘You don’t need a teach­ing or per­form­ing arts back­ground to be a Stage­coach fran­chisee as we pro­vide ev­ery­thing you need to launch and grow a busi­ness.’ The Stage­coach fran­chise costs £14,995.

At the raz­za­mataz The­atre School, fran­chise founder Denise Hut­ton- Gos­ney says: ‘We meet many peo­ple with en­thu­si­asm and po­ten­tial but not enough ex­pe­ri­ence or time com­mit­ment for a raz­za­mataz The­atre School, so we launched our early Years Fran­chise, which doesn’t re­quire the same time or per­form­ing arts ex­pe­ri­ence.’

The early Years fran­chisees of­fer razz Tiny Tots, for ba­bies six to 24 months and their par­ent/carer, plus razz Tots classes for chil­dren aged two and three, and razz minis for those aged four and five.

Denise says: ‘Classes are dur­ing the week and there are no shows to or­gan­ise, so it can be com­bined with a job or child­care.’

The fran­chise fee is £5,000.

Lead­ing lady: Stage­coach’s Al­li­son Malone with some of her pupils

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