Franchise owners reveal what it is like to really own a franchise business
Franchise owners reveal what it is like to really own a franchise business
Before she had heard of The Christmas Decorators, Nicola Collier had never entertained the idea of pursuing a franchising opportunity. Here she talks to The Franchise Magazine about how a chance web search led to her pursuing a career that is truly close to her heart
It was over five years since former British Airways human resources senior manager Mark Rouvray bought an Activ Net Marketing franchise, which he has just renewed, but in a relatively short space of time business has really taken off.
Delivering advanced windscreen repairs to all commercial automotive sectors, Screen Rescue franchisor, Jaime Hilario is on track to smash his two-year turnover target of £100,000. Impressive numbers when you consider Screen Rescue is not yet two years old and this approaching financial milestone has been generated from one van.
When Kevin Harrington was made redundant from his previous role, he looked at a number of opportunities for his next professional challenge.
Although business is bliss in 2014 for Martin Hawthorne, it was not always the case. When, three years ago, his first CeX location in Birkenhead struggled, he relied on the guidance and support of the CeX franchise team to catapult his business back to success.
After leaving his job in highway maintenance, Owen Rowlands decided he wanted to run his own business and ultimately chose an Ovenclean franchise.
Barely half way through the year and cleaning and hygiene product distribution franchise, Chemex, already has four new additions to its franchise owner network.
It has been a year since The Franchise Magazine last checked in on Gary Norman, the franchise owner of Northwood Southport, and we are pleased to report his progress has been outstanding.
Justin Brookes has been the owner of two Mail Boxes Etc. Oxford franchise locations for many years now and has built his business into a profitable operation, which he loves running.
Running a business that would provide the highest quality of care was always the aim for business partners Chris Scriven and Joanne McMahon. So when they opened their first Bluebird Care office in Weymouth and West Dorset, little did they know that in two years they would achieve £1 million in turnover.
“I wanted a business that would enable me to use my sales experience, but was more hands-on and varied”
Colchester-based businessman Steve Sleigh opened his first Mail Boxes Etc. store in Colchester in 2000 and now has a second store in Ipswich.
From day one, Andy could see the enormous potential that exists in the retail mobility sector.
McDonald’s has given franchise owner Peter O’Keefe a lifestyle he could never have dreamed of in another vocation.
Before becoming a Right at Home UK domiciliary care franchise owner, Andrew Davis enjoyed a career as an Army Officer. Now, his care business is well established in the Bournemouth area and he has his sights firmly set on expansion.
Every CeX franchise owner is encouraged and assisted to become a multi-site owner. The Franchise Magazine speaks to four thriving franchise owners, John Hollins with four stores, Gabriel Moreno with three stores, Jamie Playle with two and Peter van de Vyver and Alex Watson who are just starting out in their first location.
Most people of a certain age are happy to tell you, without a jot of ambiguity, where they were when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon. What that historic small step represented was the key to literally a whole new world of possibility.
Kare Plus franchisee Jamie Hickson has plenty to celebrate in 2014 after hitting his first million in turnover, investing in branded cars, moving to larger premises, and looking forward to achieving his projected turnover figure of £2.2 million by the end of this year.
Today, having an effective website is an absolute must for any business hoping to register long-term success. And making a website effective means obtaining one of those elusive top-spots on the first page of the all-powerful search engines.
Revive! Auto Innovations UK Ltd is no stranger to accolades, having twice won best in class in the British Franchise Association’s (bfa) Annual Awards. Now some of its franchise owners are following suit and beginning to gain press attention.
Golf Pro, Robert Lister, traded the golf course for a Granite Transformations business nearly ten years ago and has since built up a successful franchise.
Meet Driver Hire franchise owner for the Bradford area, Ian Ware. Since he made his investment seven years ago into this expanding logistics recruitment business, he has registered extremely impressive results. His business now turns over in excess of £1 million per year. Here he gives readers a glimpse into how he spends a typical day as a Driver Hire franchise owner.
Before joining ChipsAway, Essex based franchise owner, Neil Dobson held a series of senior management roles in the financial sector.
With retirement on the horizon but not ready to slow down, Graham Coulston–Herrmann found Dublcheck to be the ideal management business to meet his ambition.
After a rip-roaring 2013 that saw Home Instead Senior Care showered with a number of professional accolades, the business as a whole is gearing up to keep the momentum going.
It is unquestionably an unusual change of direction, to go from Head of Communications for one of the UK’s largest publishing businesses to the owner of a now extremely successful domiciliary care franchise.
Former Management Consultant Ian Fidge, describes his Ovenclean franchise as ‘fantastic’ and says he’s been amazed by the demand for his services.
The Franchise Magazine investigates how enterprising franchise owners, like Granite Transformations’ Gavin Whittaker, contribute to the growth of franchised brands.
When David Taylor was working long hours in a management position in the finance industry, he knew he wasn’t totally happy with his life. After investing in his own Cleaning Doctor franchise eleven years ago, The Franchise Magazine reviews how David now makes an enviable income, spends more time with his children and smiles more in his current role.
Now that the busiest period of the year is over for The Christmas Decorators franchise owners, The Franchise Magazine reviews exactly what makes this festive opportunity such an interesting and profitable business all year around.
Here The Franchise Magazine talks to one franchise owner, David Newbold, about his experience of running his own branch of the award winning smart repair franchise, Revive!, in the Colchester area, offering a loyal client base mobile bodywork repair solutions.
When Hatem Karimjee was in the market for a business opportunity, CeX was the clear frontrunner from a catalogue of franchises available to him with his excellent management track record. The Franchise Magazine explores why he is enjoying life as the owner of a perpetually successful Complete entertainment eXchange location.
Former Training Manager, David Greenaway, struck lucky with his ChipsAway business when he invested in one of the UK’s leading automotive paintwork repair franchises.
Gary Riches is making headlines and turning heads across the franchising world for all the right reasons. His Driver Hire recruitment business has just won the coveted ‘Franchisee of the Year’ in the annual ‘Startups’ Awards, as his business continues to go from strength to strength.
The three Hassan brothers, Sabhi, Fasir and Wajeeh, are on cloud nine as the CeX franchise they invested in continues to deliver on all of its promises – something the franchise prides itself on. Gareth Samuel investigates how hard work, flexibility and the unparalleled support of CeX is paying dividends for the triumphant triumvirate.
Bluebird Care and Interim Healthcare have joined forces to become one of the largest care businesses globally.
Pizza Hut Delivery is a thriving business during the harsh winter months. As Britain foresakes the cold outdoors, opting for warm, home-delivered pizza, The Franchise Magazine caught up with Lee Humphries, franchise owner for four stores in the Nottinghamshire area, to talk about how he spends a typical working day.
Thanks to the economy, the last few years have been a bit of a rollercoaster for all kinds of businesses. When faced with challenging times, franchise owners frequently find the relevance of the old adage; ‘being in business for yourself but not by yourself’ becomes ever more apparent.
When Kevin Jarvis saw the opportunity for change with a Cleaning Doctor franchise, he grabbed it firmly with both hands. Now, after just a few months of operation, he speaks to The Franchise Magazine about his impressive work/life satisfaction and cash flow figures as he begins to establish a name for himself in the Norfolk area.
Jamie Playle was a stockbroker for “far too long” and always yearned for more control of his working life. Having looked at a number of franchised businesses, CeX fitted his ambitions perfectly. Gareth Samuel explores how investing in the wildly popular gadget franchise has so far been the decision of Jamie’s life.
Safwan Adams might look familiar. When The Franchise Magazine first interviewed him earlier this year, it was immediately after he had invested in his first CeX business. Now almost a year on, we return to find out exactly how he has managed to expand his portfolio to three stores and hit his first million of turnover in just 12 months of trading.
John Hollins’ varied career had seen him transcend a range of different sectors but it was with CeX that he found an enjoyable career with a bright future. The Franchise Magazine explores how a CeX opportunity proved the perfect business to settle down in for a seemingly innately restless entrepreneur.
The first BoConcept brand store was opened in Paris, France in 1993. Twenty years on, there are more than 250 units around the world delivering a shopping experience that prides itself on a unique, exceptional and friendly customer service. Jamie Brown reports.
After enjoying success in other areas of franchising, Raf Ali decided that gadget retail brand CeX was a perfect fit for his next business venture. Now, three years on, he owns three CeX stores in the North East and is edging ever closer to achieving his goal – owning a Porche 911.
Right at Home UK Derby franchise owner, John Houghton, has been in business for six months. In that time, he has made a real difference to the lives of others in his community and built a company that provides the best possible care to those who really need it.
Revive! franchise owner, Russell Hudson, has gone from a hands-on one-van operative to the manager of a fleet of vans, serving a loyal and growing customer base throughout West Lincolnshire, in just seven years.
Becky Harker has always been an entrepreneur at heart and, in 2008, she took the opportunity to buy into what she knew was a strong and profitable business, backed by a brand she believes in.