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
In little under four years, CeX franchise owner Ismail Ladha has gone on to open three successful stores. He talks to The Franchise Magazine about his journey and why he would recommend franchising to others.
When Kevin O’Reilly found out he could own a CeX franchise, it wasn’t long before he made his move. Jamie Brown finds out why CeX was the right investment for Kevin to make.
For one young franchise owner, who went straight from graduating university into the world of franchising, CeX has surpassed all of the expectations he had about being his own boss. Will Daynes investigates
Like many others before him, Tim Leighton, franchise owner of Northwood’s St Albans Office, has reaped the rewards of not only his own hard work and determination, but also the benefits that are only available through franchising.
John and Clare Woods both had long-held ambitions to run their own business. With the pair having enjoyed successful careers in the health sector, Kare Plus was the obvious answer to their needs.
Darren Turner, franchise owner of Cartridge World in East Lancashire, was one of Cartridge World’s first ever franchisees. Eleven years on, Darren is still providing his customers with innovative new services that support their printing needs. With three stores in Rawtenstall, Accrington and Blackburn, it is this dedication that has successfully underpinned his business for over a decade.
Sometimes the answer to the question, ‘where do I take my career next?’ can be found staring right back at you. Bluebird Care Fareham and Gosport franchise owners, Gabi Spretchert and Kat Thomas explain to The Franchise Magazine how this was very much the case for them.
Jamie Brown discovers how franchise owners Richard Wingfield and Calum McLennan made all the right choices when they opened their first BoConcept store in April 2009.
Simona Boycheva, Photography for Little People’s Essex and London East franchise owner, explains to The Franchise Magazine why pursuing her career goals straight from university was the best decision she ever made.
Talented film and TV animator Richard Dexter decided to make a radical life change three years ago, leaving his successful career to invest in a ChipsAway franchise.
Eight and a half years after taking on his Dublcheck franchise, Len Donnelly is reporting an increasing annual turnover.
ormer management consultant Ian Fidge describes his Ovenclean franchise as ‘fantastic’ and says he’s been amazed by the demand for his services. So much so, his wife joined him in the business to help with his rocketing workload.
Mark Rowland is the Sports Xtra franchise owner based in the Basingstoke and North Hampshire area. Mark has been running his business around his family life for three and a half years now, providing sports and activity provision to children of primary school age. Here’s an insight into his typical working day.
The hard work of Driver Hire Belfast’s Diane Maxwell has seen her become the recipient of numerous awards and nominations in recent times. Here, The Franchise Magazine charts her six-year journey through the business
In the first half of 2014, Oven Wizards welcomed eight new franchise owners into the fold. The Franchise Magazine looks at why, 10 years since it was established, this business is going from strength-to-strength.
Autosmart’s Managing Director, Sophie Atkinson, talks to The Franchise Magazine about the brand’s two award wins at the 2014 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards and how it aims to build on its latest success.
Working behind a desk never appealed to Clark Bearman and was never the career path he was going to take. Here, he talks to Will Daynes about how becoming a The Christmas Decorators franchise owner allows him to make a healthy living by doing something he truly loves.
Darren Turner, owner of Cartridge World in East Lancashire, was one of Cartridge World’s first ever franchisees.
Photography is a hobby for millions and some choose to make it their career. Jamie Brown reveals how the Photography for Little People franchise is the ideal opportunity for those who have photography on the brain and family life at heart.
Having been an Area Manager for a fast food franchise in the South West, Gabriel Moreno knows a good franchise model when he sees one.
Alex Watson and Peter van de Vyver met as employees in a CeX location in Southend. Now they are the young thriving owners of their own CeX business, backed up by the expert knowledge of the franchise team.
Before launching their own CeX location, Fasih, Sabhi and Wajeeh Hassan helped to run the family businesses.
Mail Boxes Etc. offered Jane Muffitt the opportunity to return to her roots and embrace a whole new career path; one that continues to bring her great enjoyment and satisfaction.
An Ovenclean franchise has proved the best buy ever for John Hicks, a former purchaser for an automotive company.
Becci Francis and Alison Gorton have long been well versed in teaching performing arts and its requirements and when they discovered the LIPA 4:19 franchise opportunity, they jumped at the chance to invest in a Knutsford branch.
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.
Barely half way through the year and cleaning and hygiene product distribution franchise, Chemex, already has four new additions to its franchise owner network.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.