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
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.
“I wanted a business that would enable me to use my sales experience, but was more hands-on and varied”
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.
Colchester-based businessman Steve Sleigh opened his first Mail Boxes Etc. store in Colchester in 2000 and now has a second store in Ipswich.
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.
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.
Before joining ChipsAway, Essex based franchise owner, Neil Dobson held a series of senior management roles in the financial sector.
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.
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.
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.
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 Training Manager, David Greenaway, struck lucky with his ChipsAway business when he invested in one of the UK’s leading automotive paintwork repair franchises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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
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.