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
Husband and wife team Jeremy and Victoria Valentine believed that enthusiasm and commitment would outweigh a lack of experience in the motoring industry when they joined etyres
Having worked in the television industry, Matthew Allcott decided to find out more about franchising as a way to become his own boss and discovered that with Lawnscience he would be able to sow the seeds of his success
Although the period leading up to Christmas is their busiest, The Christmas Decorators’ franchise owners plan their festive strategy all year round
When Ed Terry and Rosie Groves decided to diversify their business interests, they knew they wanted one that would weather the tough economic conditions, one name stood out – Cash Generator
Husband and wife team John and Victoria Atkinson found the lifestyle, flexibility and financial security they had been searching for with Well Polished
Independent estate agent, Hunters, welcomes new franchise owner, Lester Hurst, to its expanding network of offices and personal agents
ChipsAway franchise owner Mike Bruns is keeping it in the family, taking on his father Danny to help him as his successful business expands
Belvoir franchise owners, Luke and Jonathan Mason, received two top Belvoir accolades two years after launching their Hitchin-based franchise
As the public sector cuts start getting deeper, more and more Government and local government employees have been transferring their skills to a new profession. One such person is Julia Bradbury, London House franchise owner for Leeds
Robin Latchham is one of the increasing numbers of young people determined not to fall victim to the challenging employment market, turning instead to self-employment and in particular, franchising
Helping customers save thousands of pounds on the cost of a new kitchen – and keeping stress and mess to a minimum while the work is undertaken – is what make Dream Doors one of the UK’s largest and most successful kitchen facelift retailers. As a franchised business with more than 30 showrooms...
"Before I joined Well Polished, I was a fundraiser for a charity. Fed up with the internal politics I began to reconsider my future career and decided becoming self-employed might hold the answer. I did not have the confidence to start up a business from scratch, so I decided to talk to my...
"Running my own business has given me the freedom I’ve been looking for. I’m earning so much more than I did in my previous full time job and I have a lot more freedom too. Also at our recent franchise conference I was delighted to be awarded with the Well Polished Franchise owner of the Year...
When The Franchise Magazine first spoke to Neill Summerfield (pictured) in 2008 he had only been operating his Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) franchise for 12 months, but had already exceeded his target year one turnover of £100,000 and had plans to grow his business. Three years on and while...
The logistics industry is a dynamic world where transport solutions are provided to ensure deliveries are made on time and within budget. Cargocall is part of this industry and its franchise owners meet the challenges of ensuring goods reach their destinations every day.
“The Safeclean franchise based in Central and North Birmingham was initially my father’s before I gave up my job to work with him and eventually took over the business.
“Before launching my Reading-based Revive! franchise at the start of this year, I was a programme and logistics Manager at a company producing interactive furniture for schools, colleges and corporate businesses.
Before launching my Certax franchise in June this year, I worked for RBS for three years within the relations department, dealing with large commercial businesses, which generated anything from £5 million to £25 million.
I just decided that I wanted to better myself and do more with my life, so I left my job as a utilities meter reader and decided to start my own business with Revive!.
Mike Ashwin has been a Cash Generator franchise owner for 12 years and he has built up an empire of successful stores in the Midlands.
Having turned his back on bookmaking after 35 years of operating a chain of independent betting shops, Stephen Hayhurst knew he was on to a winner when, after just two years with Cash Generator, he opened his third store.
Since launching his Dublcheck franchise in 2007, Stewart Weatherill has created a profitable business and is now looking to further his success with plans of expansion.
Look Local franchise owners Ray Bessell and his son Greg have been able to expand their business after transferring to the new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Accountancy system which was launched by the advertising directory network last summer.
Prem first developed a taste for the Baskin-Robbins concept 13 years ago when he was involved in the brand's successful expansion in Saudi Arabia. "The Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlour concept is fun and unique," enthuses Prem. "I love the fact that there are 31 different flavours of ice cream,...
When Clive and I found we were expecting twins nine years ago, we decided that our lifestyle needed to change. At that time I worked in publishing and Clive worked in sales, so the hours were long and the pressure was high. I really wanted to be at home with my children and Clive was determined...
I had been working in national sales for a children's publishing company in the north of England when I was made redundant. I wanted to find a job, in which I could use my skills but the nearest jobs in publishing were in Bath or Aberdeen.
When wanted the challenge of running my own business I decided that franchising was my best option. I chose to invest in a franchise because I wanted to own a business that already had an established reputation and could give me support if I needed it.
Nearly four years on since launching my Revive! franchise I am a lot happier and less stressed than when I worked as a retail manager.
With the support from Dublcheck head office, my Dublcheck franchise hit its guaranteed turnover target for the year in just four months. Now I am busy building relationships with my existing clients and plan to continue expanding the business within the next couple of months.
My business partner, Rod Miller, and I have been running a restaurant business together since 1982. Although our restaurants were successful we decided to look into doing something else and thought franchising was a less risky option.
The newest addition to the CeX network is franchise owner Shashi Sharma, whose Staines' store has been receiving positive feedback not only from her customers but also fellow traders and the town council.
Terry Lucking is the award-winning owner of Belvoir Peterborough, Corby and Cambridge and also contributes to the world of franchising by chairing the Proud to Franchise Initiative Networking Group in Peterborough.
I've been an Ovenclean franchise owner for over five years now and it's amazingly satisfying. It's certainly hard physical work cleaning ovens, but I've cleaned thousands and my customers are always absolutely over the moon with the results. Invariably they book their next oven clean before I...
For gadget lovers Abdul and Ali Ikram investing in a CeX franchise is a dream come true. "My brother Ali and I were loyal CeX customers before we became franchise owners," says Abdul. "We used to feel a buzz of excitement as we walked through the doors of a CeX store because we are passionate...
CeX franchise owner Zuber Patel has his sights set on becoming a multiple unit franchise owner. Following the successful launch of his first store based in Huddersfield last May, Zuber has invested in a second location in Dewsbury and has a third store planned for 2010.
Winning the Established Dietcare Franchise Owner of the Year award was a welcome surprise for Batya Barr who operates the North Manchester territory. Batya joined Dietcare five years ago, after successfully losing weight following a tailored diet plan by Dietcare. "A friend introduced me to...
Following a varied career in nursing and the corporate world, Joanna Lee was keen to work for herself. In preference to going it alone, Joanna decided to invest in the Bluebird Care franchise in July 2007 and has gone on to build a thriving business that delivers nearly 3,000 care visits a month...
A car enthusiast, I swapped a well paid job as a research chemist to become a Revive! franchise owner. Despite being in a good job I found that I was not motivated and wanted to do something that was more challenging. After coming back to the UK from a year out travelling, my dad suggested that I...
When I wanted the challenge of running my own business I decided that franchising was my best option. I chose to invest in a franchise because I wanted to own a business that already had an established reputation and could give me support if I needed it. While researching into the franchise...
I joined ChipsAway eleven years ago straight out of college when I was only 19 years old. At that point I was living at home with my parents and was possibly the network's youngest franchise owner.