Ovenclean is hot, hot, hot!
Having spent most of his working life behind a desk, Ian Fidge decided he wanted a more ‘hands-on’ role – Ovenclean provided the recipe for success
Former management consultant Ian Fidge describes his Ovenclean franchise as ‘fantastic’ and says he’s been amazed by the demand for his services. So much so, that his wife has now joined him in the business to help with his rocketing workload.
“I can’t praise the franchise highly enough,” Ian enthuses. “I’ve had terrific support from the management team and I’m incredibly busy. This is thanks in part to the high numbers of leads coming through the Ovenclean call centre and new website. In short, I have to say I’m delighted!”
Before becoming an Ovenclean franchise owner, Ian spent much of his working life analysing different businesses and, once he had decided to invest in a franchise, was determined to approach his new venture with his eyes wide open. He spent 18 months evaluating various opportunities, but explains that Ovenclean emerged as the hot favourite.
“Initially I looked at business-to-business franchises that more obviously matched with my experience and background,” he explains. “However, all too often they seemed overly complex and sometimes I couldn’t really see how I was meant to make money.
“By contrast, Ovenclean offered a straightforward business model and a strong, well-recognised brand name; it seemed to have the best package, the best products and a huge potential marketplace. I could easily understand how I could make good money from doing a job that so many people hate to do themselves.”
After his launch, Ian was booked for three weeks solid and, now well into his second year, he says he hasn’t looked back. He has a better lifestyle with more control and flexibility, as well as a good income and tremendous job satisfaction.
“There’s no doubt about it, cleaning ovens is physically demanding, but actually I really enjoy doing a ‘hands-on’ job and I’m certainly in better shape,” he laughs. “Having been a process man for so many years, often spending days at a time stuck in a chair staring at a PC screen, it’s great to have control over my working life and to get out and about meeting new people.”
More importantly, Ian gets a great buzz from his customers, who really appreciate his services and invariably book their next oven clean as soon as the job is complete. He says he regularly receives calls from friends and relatives of happy customers keen to have him visit and transform their ovens back to ‘as good as new’.
“You have to be a people person to succeed,” he points out. “You need good customer service and communication skills; there are lots of advantages to an Ovenclean franchise, and providing you’re prepared to work at it, there’s a really good living to be made.”
Ovenclean is the longest established and one of the most successful domestic oven cleaning franchises in the UK, providing specialist oven cleaning services to a large, virtually untapped market place, including domestic customers, schools, lettings agencies and hotels. Franchise owners operate from professionally liveried, fully equipped vans and benefit from low overheads and high flexibility. The top quality, powerful yet eco-friendly Ovenclean system which is exclusive to Ovenclean franchise owners, and effectively deep cleans ovens and hobs, ranges and barbecues, restoring them to pristine condition, with minimum fuss and hassle, in a matter of a few hours.
Written by Megan Dunmore