Ovenclean hits the hot spot for Robbie

Having launched his Ovenclean business in Hornchurch last year, franchise owner Robbie Freeman has discovered the opportunity has more than met all his expectations

When Robbie Freeman spotted the Ovenclean franchise, it appealed to him instantly. Easy to learn and straightforward to manage, the 26 year old felt it provided the perfect business opportunity for someone practical and hard-working like himself.

“It was affordable and looked like great value,” he says. “I liked the fact that the work was ‘hands-on’ and I could see that there would be high demand for a professional oven cleaning service.”

In fact, the potential marketplace for Ovenclean franchise owners is huge, with 27 million households in the UK, and independent research confirming that cleaning the oven comes top of the list of ‘most hated household chores’.

“There was nothing else I could see that really took my interest, so I went along to an Ovenclean open day to find out more and took the chance to speak to a number of existing franchise owners,” Robbie continues. “It was all good. Everyone I spoke to was really positive, they had all built strong businesses and were making good money.”

Robbie launched his own Ovenclean franchise in November, after completing his training, including a course at the company’s dedicated Training Centre at head office and two weeks ‘in the field’ working alongside an established Ovenclean franchise owner.

“The launch went really well,” he confirms. “We gave out more than 3,000 leaflets in two days and really got the name out there. In addition to the bookings I took over the weekend, the phone continued to ring during the next couple of weeks and I found myself with a fully booked diary from the word go. The run up to Christmas was particularly busy and since then I’ve noticed increasing word of mouth referrals from happy customers!”

Ovenclean franchise owners operate from fully equipped vehicles and use a powerful, yet 100 per cent caustic-free, eco-friendly system to restore ovens, hobs and barbecues to pristine ‘as new’ condition within a matter of hours.

“Customers are truly amazed by the results I can achieve,” Robbie says. “There’s a real ‘wow’ factor – that’s why people invariably re-book on the spot and become regular, repeat order customers. It’s hugely satisfying and means you take great pride in what you do.”

He adds that although he has only been in business a few months, his Ovenclean franchise has certainly lived up to his expectations. He’s making more money than he did in his previous career and feels that the opportunity is there to expand his operation into a multi-unit management franchise further down the line.

“In due course, I can see myself growing the business – my girlfriend has already started to help me with customer calls and some of the paperwork – but at the moment, I’m simply enjoying working for myself,” Robbie concludes.

“The flexibility and independence is great, and although it’s hard work – that’s fine too. In fact, that’s part of what I like about it – I’m happy to get stuck in and to reap the rewards accordingly!”

Reported by Megan Dunmore