Dream Doors new life for old kitchens

Are you sick of seeing all your efforts line someone else’s pockets? Perhaps that’s why you’re reading this magazine. Wouldn’t it be great to work hard for yourself and your family – not for your boss or a faceless corporation – and see a real return for all your efforts?

“We’re so far ahead in our business plan that we’ve had to take on more staff.” Sales of £92,000 in March 2011

Since opening their showroom in March 2010, orders have continued to flood in for the Hurleys and, with just short of £600,000 of kitchen facelifts sold in their first year, they have already smashed their target set for year five! Mike says: “We are so far ahead in our business plan that we’ve had to take on more staff. I need time to focus on appointments as we’re getting so many enquiries.” He adds: “We had no experience in kitchens before doing this. Our Franchise Manager is great, and the support we get from Dream Doors far outstrips what is contractually agreed.” Mike & Elaine Hurley: Dream Doors Oxford

What about your family? Do you see much of them these days, or are your children growing up while your working hours grow longer? Could you imagine deciding when and for how long you work? Working hard, but working smart – and at times that suit you.

“I love working close to home. In fact, the furthest I ever have to travel for business these days is for the Dream Doors annual conference!” Sales of £300,000 last year

Dream Doors Gloucester franchise owner, Colin Biggs, spent much of his career on the M4 commuting between his family home near Hereford and his clients in London. Now, with a local business that sees the majority of customers come from within a 10-mile radius of his showroom, he gets to spend more time with his wife, Susan, and their two young sons. “My business is in good shape, we’re making a decent living and we took on a full-time fitter earlier this year. Importantly, we have plenty of work to keep him busy. And I love working so close to home. In fact, the furthest I ever have to travel for business these days is for the Dream Doors annual conference around Christmas time!” Colin Biggs: Dream Doors Gloucester

Hey, but you’re lucky to have a job these days, aren’t you? Or maybe your hand has been forced and redundancy has given you a chance to start afresh? What a great opportunity to wave goodbye to corporate meetings, business trips and bureaucracy!

“We couldn’t have asked for a better launch to the business. Everything has worked out exactly how we wanted.” Sales of £175,000 in first five months

After taking voluntary redundancy, partners Clive Coldwell and Angela Lowe decided they wanted to work together and harness their passion for home-improvement. They now hold the record for the quickest showroom opening in Dream Doors’ 12 year history! Completing their initial training course in the week before Christmas, they had opened the doors to their showroom by the end of March. “We couldn’t have asked for a better launch to the business,” says Clive. “We’re so busy dealing with customers at the moment. It has been back-to-back appointments for the last few months! Last week alone we sold three full kitchens, and our sales for the month are up to £35,000.” Clive Coldwell and Angela Lowe: Dream Doors Poole