A vision for national growth

With a UK master franchise owner onboard, Hire A Hubby has launched its nationwide recruitment drive

Following 13 years of sustained growth in the Australian market, handyman franchise Hire a Hubby has appointed a UK Master Franchise owner and is eager to start its nationwide expansion. Mark Hare, formerly head of another UK franchise network, has purchased the Master Franchise and is keen to put his experience to good use and replicate the brand's success in the UK market.

"We are very excited to have Mark onboard," says Hire A Hubby CEO Brendan Green. "Mark is a well-credentialed candidate with a strong track record in the UK market. His prior success at introducing Australian brand Cash Converters to the UK in 1991 demonstrates that he is the ideal candidate to spearhead Hire A Hubby's UK development. This is because we need an experienced local who can adapt our concept to fit the UK market and be in a position to provide a significant level of support to our original South Western Master franchise owner Michael Bishop.

"Mark and his team completed their training in Australia in June earlier this year and are now ready to roll out their nationwide expansion. We share a collective vision for national growth within a sensible timeline."

Hire A Hubby has two different investment opportunities: Area Developers and franchise owners. Area Developers should ideally have managerial experience. Their role will be to help recruit franchise owners within their territory and to provide ongoing support to the franchise owners within their area. "Mark has revised this opportunity so that it reflects the current UK market conditions, while providing additional re-investment options for those who achieve the expected and reasonable returns on their initial investment," continues Brendan.

The role of the franchise owner is to carry out the maintenance work and 'odd jobs' within their assigned territories. Prospective candidates should have a passion for DIY and acceptable tool skills. While experience of the building industry is not required, the ambition to build a scalable business with significant growth potential is crucial.

Franchise consultancy FDS introduced Mark to Brendan, when Hire A Hubby first started looking into expanding into the UK market in 2008. Mark says: "Like most successful business ideas the Hire A Hubby franchise seemed a simple concept that was worth looking into. After visiting Australia to see exactly how the business and systems operated, the master franchise deal was finalised.

"We are quietly confident that we can achieve the same level of exposure that Hire A Hubby has in Australia. The systems Hire A Hubby has have taken 13 years to develop and we have had them at our disposal for day one. We have already put an extensive marketing campaign into place through the local radio and national press."

Reported by Jess Sturman