Franchise Owner Stories
Franchise owners reveal what it is like to really own a franchise business
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.
Pizza Hut Delivery is a thriving business during the harsh winter months. As Britain foresakes the cold outdoors, opting for warm, home-delivered pizza, The Franchise Magazine caught up with Lee Humphries, franchise owner for four stores in the Nottinghamshire area, to talk about how he spends a typical working day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.