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“With declining profits in the hotel industry and limited time to spend with my family, I decided that owning a retail franchise, like CeX, would be a great business opportunity and would allow me to work 9-5, as opposed to the long hours running a hotel requires.

"As soon as I discovered CeX I knew I wanted to be part of it. I loved the buy, sell and exchange concept and the excellent business model the brand provides its franchise owners.

“The procedures and EPOS system which CeX uses are invaluable tools for franchise owners. I found the training and in-store experience hugely beneficial and interesting.

"Owning and running a CeX franchise is so much easier, more fun and more profitable than my previous business – it’s a business that works for you. The CeX business model is a proven success and I plan to expand my business further and open several more stores over the next few years.”
John Hollins (pictured right, top), CeX Darlington, Sunderland & Grimsby
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Dream Doors

“I joined Dream Doors more than five years ago after taking early retirement from the Civil Service. I must have looked at five or six different opportunities at the time, but chose Dream Doors because it suited my management skills, and because I immediately felt comfortable with the people involved. There is a great team with a lot of enthusiasm at Head Office, and the support I receive – even five years down the line – still has a huge impact on my business. Last year I revisited a head office based sales training course that I hadn’t been on for at least two years. We looked at some of the areas that needed improvement, and also at goal setting and my overall Business Plan. On the day after the course I sold three orders worth around £15k that I would not have got a week earlier. Last year was my best year so far and we had a seven month spell where we exceeded targets in six of those months. That period immediately followed the training course.”
Alan Bates (pictured right, second from top), Dream Doors Wealdon
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“Snack-in-the-Box is the perfect business for us, and I can’t see us doing anything else. There’s nothing out there that could make us this sort of money for the time spent in the business. And there will always be a demand for SITB’s ‘honesty boxes’. For me, the best part of this business is its flexibility. I look after the paperwork, which I can easily fit around our family commitments. My husband, Philip, does all the rest!”

“I was a nurse and Philip worked in farming before we did this, but we both wanted to be self-employed and we definitely wanted to take on something that was proven. At that time, Snack-in-the-Box had been franchising for a few years, so we could see that the business definitely worked, and we immediately felt at ease with all of the management team. They are a really friendly bunch and, although we don’t need their help as much now, it’s nice to know that they are there if you need them. This isn’t a complicated business anyway, and it really is easy to understand. So long as you follow the methods that SITB has set up, this can be built into a very successful, and long-standing business.”
Ruth & Philip Sutcliffe, Snack-in-the-Box Sussex
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Well Polished

“After being made redundant Well Polished was the perfect solution for me. I knew I was on to something, when after only six months trading I was bringing in over £2,500 profit.

“Since then the business has gone from strength to strength. Due to the success of my initial territory purchased from Well Polished I have invested in a new territory in the Liverpool area and I have now taken a business partner Joyce Stafford. Joyce and I are now partners in the new territory and she is enjoying the same sort of freedom I have had for the last 18 months.

“I have really enjoyed the freedom Well Polished has brought me. The business has helped me enjoy 5* holidays and has also given me the confidence to purchase a new convertible car. It’s a great business to be in. I feel that I am constantly rewarded for my efforts. It’s like giving myself a pay rise every month!”
Moira Whittaker (pictured right, third from top), Well Polished Liverpool
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LIPA 4:19

“Opening the LIPA 4:19 franchise is the best thing I have ever done. Starting up my own businesses has always been a dream of mine, so when I found out that the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) had a franchise arm, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share my love for performing arts with children.

“LIPA is known in the performing arts industry for nurturing talent, and that is a great selling point for a business as there is a definite advantage in choosing a franchise which is affiliated with a highly respected institution, like LIPA, and of course, has a quality product.

“I was confident that there was a demand in the market for structured, curriculum-led performing arts teaching and since opening, the franchise has gone from strength-to-strength. We have even had a lot of interest from theatre and film companies and it certainly shows we are on the right track, with the right product, and I am very positive about what the future has in store for the franchise.”
Michael Da Silva Pearce (pictured right, third from bottom), LIPA 4:19 Wanstead
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The Christmas Decorators

“A lot of people seem to think that The Christmas Decorators franchise wouldn’t keep you busy but it is seriously non-stop. I’ve been having enquiries since February and already have 14 contacts secured for this Christmas!

The support I receive from The Christmas Decorators team is brilliant. When I first started out last year they would come out on jobs with me and help me in any way they could. The same can be said other franchise owners, if I’m ever out of stock or need something at the last minute, everyone is more than happy to help each other out.

"You don’t need to have any special skills to be a successful Christmas Decorators franchise owner, you just need to have a passion for the service your providing and be motivated to develop your business.”
Geoff Hodgson (pictured right, second from bottom), Christmas Decorators, Wirral, Chester & North Wales
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Platinum Property Partners

“Being part of PPP has enabled me to achieve far more than I otherwise would have – within six months of being mentored by Steve Bolton, I had five highly cash-positive properties fully tenanted, and I have continued to expand my portfolio since. The reason I joined the franchise was so that I could benefit from not only the great strategies, information, innovation and support provided on the property investment front, but also the continuous personal development opportunities offered to franchise partners, and focus on health, balance and happiness.

“This holistic attitude to achieving freedom and success in life is something I had not come across before in any other company, and I can honestly say I am proud to be a part of this group of truly inspirational, like-minded people.”

Alex Ferretti (pictured right, bottom), Stratford-upon-Avon
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All Trades Network

“After being made redundant from my position as a Graphic Designer, I decided to take the opportunity to pursue my interest of property development and start my own business. I researched a variety of maintenance and repair franchises but for me All Trades just stood out.

“With over 20 years of project management experience, I found it very easy to transfer my skills to the role of an All Trades franchise owner and anything I was unsure about was covered in my initial training, which I found very helpful.

“The flexibility and control that the business gives me is fantastic and it’s reassuring to know that the All Trades support team is only ever a phone call away.

“Since launching my All Trades franchise a year ago business has been great. I always have a steady flow of work and the All Trades franchise team are always introducing exciting new services to attract customers, like its ATN 24/7 callout service.”
Phil Ryan, All Trades Network Shrewsbury
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Cruise Holidays

“I had been working predominantly in the insurance and finance industry for the past 20 years. I had been running my own Mortgage and Loan Company, when the recent downturn in the economy made me decide the time was right to look at something new.

“I knew I still wanted the freedom of running my own business but I would need to learn about the dynamics of a new industry and the skills relevant to it. Running a franchise seemed the ideal option so I looked at several closely before choosing Cruise Holidays.

“The support I receive is fantastic – I have all the benefits of running my own business, with the back-up and support of people who been in the industry for years. It can be lonely setting up a new business but with Cruise Holidays there is always someone available when you need them to ensure you get your new business the best start possible. Regular regional meetings are held to help with planning, product knowledge, marketing and other aspects of the business as well as giving you the opportunity to exchange ideas with other franchise owners. This level of support gives me the confidence that I am building a highly profitable business for the future.”
Steven Cheal , Cruise Holidays
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