With a Dublcheck franchise you can access the lucrative cleaning sector with guaranteed turnover supported by an established brand. Rachel Spaul reports
This is a massive market that keeps on growing,' states Dublcheck Founder Carol Stewart-Gill. 'Everywhere you look there are small to medium sized commercial premises in need of professional and reliable cleaners. As a Dublcheck franchisee you can tap into this huge sector.'
Dublcheck is a wholly UK-owned company with more than 100 franchisees and a track record spanning 13 years. The company has been inundated with enquiries, 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, including guaranteed turnover and centralised support.
Graham Hey and daughter Sara launched their franchise in February 2005 and doubled its turnover in one year. Graham recalls: 'We were attracted to Dublcheck by the company's transparency, the reliability of the business, the high client retention rate and the fact that Dublcheck guarantees your turnover. Being in the service industry, we also felt that it would be fairly recession-proof.'
The Heys started with a turnover of £90,000 with 35 customers. Within a year they had increased turnover to £180,000 with a 37 per cent net profit and secured a further 22 customers. 'We hit the ground running, which was both exciting and challenging,' Graham adds.
'The business we bought was reliable and we've built a very good team who work consistently to high standards - they are a very important part of the business.'
Dublcheck has built into its franchise package guaranteed turnover levels. From a launch pad that starts at £12,000 per annum for a hands-on business, up to £500,000 per annum for a management role, franchisees can grow their businesses at a controlled pace. Mujeeb Sayed, franchisee, who took early retirement from his position as a Service Director to join Dublcheck, confirms: 'The key thing about the Dublcheck franchise is that the head office sales team takes responsibility for winning your business sales to get you a guaranteed level of income. As you learn the business, such as staff recruitment and management, building customer relations and providing the cleaning services, Dublcheck builds the sales for you at your pace.'
For your initial investment you will receive an initial training course, which leads to a nationally recognised certification, ongoing training and support, access to branded uniforms, products, sales and marketing tools, and stationery. Mike and Wendy Masser confirm that the system works: 'There's a terrific relationship with head office. They've been with us from the start, through to getting initial promised business, and building and consolidating a true management Dublcheck franchise.'
Graham and Sara are aiming to continue growing their business and say the key to Dublcheck's success is the company's attention to detail and to customer service. 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.'