Among those taking part in The Filta Group’s most recent training course were Dinesh Mangal, Sandy Wilson, Les Defesche and Gabor Szabo.

Dinesh, from Milton Keynes, who had been working for a cash and carry retailer, had been following the massive price increases in cooking oils since last year and immediately saw the value in FiltaFry Plus, when he met the team at a franchise exhibition in January.

Sandy, from Edinburgh, was made redundant at the end of February and decided that the time was right for him to set up his own business and invest his money in a franchise rather than putting it into the bank to earn very little interest. Having become the franchise owner for FiltaFry Plus’ Edinburgh Central and Edinburgh East territory, Sandy aims to develop the area and be running two vans by 2012.

Les (pictured right with Damian Slater, Franchise Manager of The Filta Group), from South Africa, settled in Scotland some years ago and had been running guided tours throughout Edinburgh. When Les purchased the Edinburgh West and Falkirk territory as a resale, it was already turning over more than £50,000 per year. Les also plans to introduce a second van and has plans for his son to join the business.

Gabor has returned to Hungary to complete his onsite training after completing the head office course. Gabor, who has a catering services background, recently bought the Master Franchise licence for Hungary and is planning a multi-van operation starting in Budapest, with a view to expanding into neighbouring countries within the next two years.

This year has also seen new Filta Group Master Franchises launch in Bulgaria and Greece. The Filta Group believes that it is seeing a lot of interest in its products due to all of its concepts being niche and very much of the moment – offering customers cost savings and improving service levels while being environmentally friendly.

Reported by Fraser McKay