Dublcheck: Booming market

As a Dublcheck franchisee you can tap into the booming commercial cleaning sector in Scotland with guaranteed turnover but no selling, reports Rachel Spaul

Scotland is prime territory for Dublcheck franchisees with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) accounting for 99 per cent of all enterprises*. By providing a reliable, quality service to this largely neglected sector UK-wide, Dublcheck has become one of the UK's fastest growing companies, according to the Sunday Times and Virgin Fastrack 100.

Dublcheck is seeking franchisees and a Master Franchisee for key territories including Edinburgh and Glasgow. 'Dublcheck is the franchise where you don't need to be able to sell,' Carol Stewart-Gill, Founder, reiterates. 'You can start with a turnover of £12,000 per annum if you want to run your business hands-on while retaining the security of your current position, or up to £500,000 per annum if you want to run a management business.

'You know exactly what turnover you are buying into, which leaves you free to concentrate on looking after your customers while we do the sales,' Carol clarifies. 'Once your business has a stable customer base, we will help you naturally progress into sales. This is usually prompted by referrals from existing customers.'

Dublcheck is a wholly owned UK company with a 100-strong network. A number of its first franchisees have sold their businesses for a significant profit and new franchisees continue to enjoy the benefits of being part of Dublcheck.

Franchisees Barry Douglas and Karen Cunningham say guaranteed turnover and centralised support are key benefits of this franchise. 'That's what franchising is all about, being supported by people who have real experience of the business,' Barry reports. 'Dublcheck is run by a good group of people and is growing in strength.'

From a guaranteed turnover of £12,000 and running the business hands-on, Barry and Karen have expanded their franchise into a fully managed business. They aim to match and then beat top achieving franchisees turning over in excess of £250,000.

Ken Holland, franchisee, agrees: 'Dublcheck offered the best package - the guaranteed starter package gives me revenue and got me off the ground. Also, the training provides a British Institute of Cleaning Science qualification. My franchise became a limited company in June 1999 and gradually increased to just over £200,000.

Mike and Wendy Masser are currently turning over in excess of £200,000 having decided to grow their business quickly. 'Dublcheck came up with new contracts very quickly, after which the business has grown through referrals and contracts I've found myself,' Mike explains.

'There's a terrific relationship with head office. They've been with us from the start, from the training, through getting initial promised business, to building and consolidating a true management franchise.'

For your initial investment you will receive initial training leading to a nationally recognised certification, ongoing training and support, access to branded uniforms, products, sales and marketing tools and stationery. Carol sums up: 'With our experience and track record, we can safely say that if you put in the effort and follow our system, with Dublcheck the rewards are there for everyone to see.'