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
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.
Following a serious illness and over 30 years of running a successful textiles business, Bob Anderson decided to look for a new opportunity – A business that would provide a good living and one he could really enjoy.
After years of steady growth and modernisation, business at All Trades is bigger than ever. Gareth Samuel investigates how All Trades Network has grown despite the turbulent economic climate, culminating in All Trades receiving a record number of instructions from its expanding national client base during 2012. This growth is expected to continue.
Since opening her Bluebird Care (North Tyneside) office six months ago, Julie McLellan’s business has gone from strength to strength. Now, she is almost 200 per cent above her targets and is well on the way to establishing a successful and profitable business providing high quality care at home.
Three years ago, Phil Taylor left the printing business for good and finally decided to pursue his long-held dream of being a business owner.
Recent research figures have brought to light the astounding future prospects of the domestic heating and cooling market, as planned government measures, such as the Green Deal, make the sector a hot topic with investors.
Mark Ryland was an IT professional. Working long hours in a monotonous role wore Mark down, until a few years ago, when he decided to take control. Now, he is the affluent owner of a thriving Mr Electric business, which has changed the lives of both him and his family.
Richard and Emily Magrath speak to The Franchise Magazine about how their lives have changed since they took the decision to invest in a Caremark Franchise covering the Belfast area.
Since husband and wife team Claire and Norman Murphy invested in a Bluebird Care franchise 12 months ago, they have won multiple awards and smashed their financial targets.
Owning your own business is both exciting and challenging, but when purchasing a new business, how many people actually consider the option of owning a second later on?
After spending 15 years working in the highway construction and maintenance industry, Owen Rowlands was given notice of possible redundancy.
Unemployment, through redundancy or otherwise, is a daunting prospect – especially if you have a mortgage to pay and a family to feed. Louise Bruce talks to three entrepreneurs who took the initiative and invested in a franchise to successfully buy their way out of unemployment
Less than 18 months ago, Karen Burdett was working in a commercial environment. Today, she is a proud TruGreen franchise owner. Not only has Karen made an excellent start to her business, she has also won the ‘New Women Franchisee of the Year’ title at the EWIF Awards
Nick Dawes was the first franchise owner in the Signs Express network, which now has over 70 centres throughout the UK and Ireland. Now, more than 20 years on, Nick speaks to The Franchise Magazine about his future career in franchising and what owning a Signs Express business has meant to him.
Changes in home ownership have created a booming lettings market. With two thirds of tenancies now involving a letting agent, Nick Cooper, Managing Director of Northwood, takes a look at the current growth within the industry and explains why there is significant new business still be gained.
The franchise market in the UK is maturing and growing every year and we are increasingly seeing the resale of franchise businesses become more and more common.
At Foot Solutions continues to make great strides in the comfort footwear industry, Co-Franchise owner Blanaid Farrell talks to Gareth Samuel about their expanding business, marketing methods and why she and her husband are glad they picked the Foot Solutions franchise.
When Peter Davies sold his business as a greengrocer 18 years ago, he had no idea how he would spend the next part of his life. But after visiting a franchise exhibition, he invested in cleaning company Dublcheck and has never looked back.
Richard Hodson has been the owner and operator of TruGreen professional lawn care franchise in Arden since July 2007. Here he describes a typical working day.
When Jamie Williamson took over the Driver Hire Portsmouth office in early 2012, he knew he’d bought a franchise re-sale with huge potential.
After watching his brother build a successful business with Ovenclean, John Saunders followed suit.
Having already successfully set up one theatre academy under the LIPA 4:19 banner, Alison Gorton and Becci Francis plan to open another soon.
Just months into his franchise opportunity in the London Borough of Lewisham, Safwan Adam is already considering multiple franchise ownership.
Promising that every 30 minutes of exercise within a sásta pod achieves results equivalent to two hours of regular exercise, this unique exercise machine looks set to revolutionise crash weight loss methodology.
Buying an existing Chemex resale franchise has given husband and wife team Mike and Karen Bird the confidence to start planning a mulit-van concern.
For some, the security of a salary can prevent them taking the leap of faith needed to becoming your own boss. This was not the case for active mums Ann Brebner and Claire Elliott from Northampton.
For McDonald’s franchisee Robert Holdcroft, Corporate Social Responsibility is not just a business buzzword but an approach central to his company’s ethos
Starting your own business can be a daunting prospect. There are premises, staff, admin, marketing, delivery and a whole host of other operational matters to think about, not to mention the financial side of things. Luckily for TruGreen professional lawn care franchise owners there is the...
When mother and daughter team, Ann and Joanna-Marie began looking for a franchise to realise their dream of owning a business together they found their perfect opportunity with Kids Bee Happy. The pair first came across the company at a franchise exhibition and a few weeks later they signed up....
World Options franchise owner Mike Lowe, who joined the franchise in August 2012, talks to The Franchise Magazine.
Whether top athletes competing in the Paralympics or a franchise owner running a successful franchised business, those with disabilities are achieving their ambitions
New mum, Helen, explains how she became a Photography For Little People franchise owner and what it is like operating the photography franchise. “So here I am, running my own business and wondering when did my life get so hectic? I realise that I have always had a busy working life, but in...
One way of easily establishing your own business is to enlist your family. That is what Dave and Kim Nurse did when they launched their Signs Express franchise in Leeds nine years ago
With over 20 years of sales experience and the desire to provide excellent service levels, Mark Sanchez-Garcia found his perfect opportunity with Dublcheck
Andy Easter has made sure nothing holds him back from pursuing success and with Autosheen he has achieved his goal of running his own business
With a love of Christmas and the desire to start her own business, Sandra Byrne found her perfect opportunity with specialist festive design and installation franchise, The Christmas Decorators
For gadget lover Sagar Patel, second-hand entertainment franchise CeX was the fast-paced career change he had been looking for