Get in on the Ground Floor with a Foundation Franchise

Even McDonald's started out with one restaurant. With more and more successful companies recognising the benefits of continuing their national expansion through franchising, some interesting new franchise opportunities are coming onto the market with advantageous terms for the intial draft of Foundation Franchise Owners


After becoming Managing Director in 2005, Chris Hopkins (pictured right)'put an expansion strategy into place and invested a lot of time and money into the business's infrastructure in order to implement it. This strategy has culminated in the launch of Rooferman's foundation franchise opportunity, through which the company is aiming to bring on board its first 10 franchise owners in 2009 who will benefit from a £7,000 reduction in the initial investment through a training credit.

Rooferman offers a roof and guttering repair and maintenance service which promises customers punctuality, efficiency and 100 per cent satisfaction. It has developed its franchise as a hands-on opportunity with the franchise owner fully trained in utilising the latest roof access equipment and conforming to all health & safety regulations while head office takes care of all the paperwork and jobs provided through a centralised call centre.

'This franchise offering is unique because we have an NVQ roofing training academy, so we can train up the new franchise owner to a nationally recognised standard,' says Chris. 'Plus our fixed price roof repair menu and access to solar panel roofing contracts are a big hit with customers.'

Before launching their businesses Rooferman franchise owners undergo four weeks of intensive training based at the company's award winning training centre, which delivers NVQs in roofing occupations using onsite assessments and training. In addition to practical roofing techniques and repair and maintenance methods, the franchise owner will be trained on Health & Safety matters and certificated to PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers' Association) for tower scaffolding.

Franchise owners also benefit from a thorough support package, which includes: regular visits from a Franchise Manager; a mentoring programme; top-up training as and when required; performance comparison; and regular networking meetings.

The Rooferman franchise model mirrors the award winning formula successfully proven by sister company Ploughcroft Building Services, which was recently awarded the National Award Winner for Best Place to work in Construction 2008 and the Construction Excellence Award 2008, added to its National Home Improvement Council's National Award for Innovation in Training which it picked up in 2007.

'Ploughcroft has been going 12 years in the domestic roof repair market and is turning over £2 million,' reports Chris. 'The potential for this franchise is endless and we expect an average franchise owner to turnover £100,000 with a £40,000 profit. A hard working franchisee could achieve a £200,000 turnover with £80,000 profit. In five years time we aim to have 100 franchise owners operating nationwide so now is really the time to get in on the ground floor.'

Reported by Stuart Anderson


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