Franchise Owner Stories
Franchise owners reveal what it is like to really own a franchise business
"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:
Starbrite franchisee Richard Law is laying the foundations for a highly successful chemical distribution business in Cornwall. Since 1st April he has secured 120 customers from diverse businesses, including a 100-room hotel and a country pub.
Although I've always been interested in property, my previous career was as a physiotherapist and, more recently, housewife and mum. I'd not considered franchising until I met Platinum Property Partners co-Founder Steve Bolton at an overseas home exhibition, and heard him talk about this completely unique new franchise opportunity.
Before I became a Stenders franchisee I worked as a Bar & Restaurant Manager at Reval hotel in Latvia and was a regular customer of Stenders. I did not intend to invest in a franchise initially. At the time I was moving to Hungary with my fiancé and was looking for a business venture that had connections with both Latvia and Hungary.
After setting up and running a logistics business in South Africa for five years, Peter and Anna Wyss decided to resettle in the UK. As a completely new start, the couple thought about becoming employed again but as Peter admits: "After working for yourself for a few years it would be quite difficult to work for a boss again!"
For the last 10 years I'd been a landlord, managing my own properties, and found that this wasn't really compatible with working full-time as an IT manager. The logical step to me was to start looking for a way to concentrate my efforts in the property market.
Attiva, one of the UK's fastest growing health and fitness franchises, is pleased to announce the opening of a new club in Andover. Former retail manager and fitness enthusiast Andrew White and his wife Helen will open the doors to the gym in the Andover town centre on 9 June 2007.
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.
I bought a copy of The Franchise Magazine after a friend recommended that my husband Toby and I look into franchising. It kept falling open on the Dream Doors page so we contacted them for more information and arranged to meet them at the franchise exhibition in Birmingham.
I'm really very happy with Molly Maid, it's the best thing I've ever done. After being employed for 30 years, I wanted to work for myself but I wanted the support of a franchise and the security of a proven business.