Franchise Owner Stories
Franchise owners reveal what it is like to really own a franchise business
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.
John Loizou decided to invest in domiciliary care franchise Caremark and within two months of trading was able to deliver 150 hours of homecare to his territory in Norwich. John is now hard at work building up his business so that by the end of his first year of trading he will be able to deliver 1,000 hours of homecare.
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.
Five years of hard work and following his franchisor's proven system has netted David Spurrier a seven figure business and the ability to buy everything he dreamed of when he was working shifts for 14 years
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.
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
I've been running my Safeclean franchise with my wife Nicola for 11 years and I still find everyday different, fresh and interesting. I really enjoy meeting people and providing a high quality cleaning service that our customers are happy with. When we first started our franchise we said that we wanted to offer a service that we would want for ourselves, which we have always stuck to.
Having launched his business in 1982, Geraint Williams is the longest serving Safeclean franchisee in the UK. Although he originally trained as an accountant he admits that it wasn't the career for him: "I didn't like working within four walls and was looking to start up on my own,"recalls Geraint. "The question I faced however, was what to do?"
As a CerTax Accounting franchisee I can work the hours that suit my family, and I have bought an Audi TT - something I have always wanted. It's a good life and I wouldn't change it. In fact I'd find it very difficult working for someone else.
Before I became a Belvoir franchisee I'd already had a taste of being my own boss with my own property business in Australia. When my family and I decided to move back to the UK in early 2006 I began to look for new business ventures that would utilise my experience and expertise.
"The business has grown at lightning speed,"exclaims Rob Smith, who turned down a promotion to a senior management position to invest in a Riverford Organic Vegetables franchise. From a flying start with 116 customers, secured via leaflet drops and local media coverage, Rob and his wife Rachel have grown the business to 2,300 active customers in just 16 months.
Latif Twigeri must be one of Card Connection's most qualified franchisees. He holds a degree from the United States International Europe University and an MBA from Boston University's London branch. However, Latif admits: