Site your business in a prime location

With professionally-branded Waves franchises popping up in major retail car parks and petrol stations nationwide, the franchise is developing a strong reputation for quality of service as well as providing a strong income generator for its franchisees

If you're seeking a premium business opportunity where the customers come to you, Waves could be the professional revenue-generating franchise to set you on your way to business success. With contracts signed with Tesco and a host of other blue-chip retail landowners, Waves provides an opportunity to site your business in the middle of a torrent of passing trade.

Founded in 2006 by an experienced management team, Waves provides high quality performance valeting to car owners while they shop, enabling them to return to a professionally cleaned vehicle with no waiting time. The company has combined professional and specialist set-ups including Environment Agency-compliant systems; branded work area, signage and uniforms; and a commitment from franchisees to deliver the best level of service to impress the big names in UK retail.

'Car valeting is a very popular service with shoppers so we are very pleased to be working with Waves to provide a high quality service for our customers,' says Paul Clifford, Manager of the Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre. 'The great benefit of this service is that it can so easily be combined with the whole shopping and leisure experience. People seem to have so little free time these days that being able to leave your car to be professionally cleaned while you simply get on with your shopping saves my customers time and hassle.'

Waves has designed its business concept to enable ambitious and entrepreneurial franchisees to exploit additional revenue-earning potential through retail space, cafes, contract work, additional parking and cleaning services. The company reveals that its franchisees, in the right site and based on cleaning 50 plus cars per day, can earn over £60,000 in year one and build up to and over six figures in subsequent years.

'I created Waves to offer a professional revenue generating service to our clients, a premium value valeting service to our customers and a high earning business opportunity to our franchisees,' adds Waves Director Joanna Graham. 'We already have contracts with Tesco, shopping centres, petrol stations, retail parks and other independent landowners. We have grown quickly and are looking to build on our early successes by finding high calibre franchisees across the UK.'

With high street banks offering funding of up to 70 per cent on the capital requirement for a Waves franchise, prospective franchisees can select from a choice of car wash business models to suit their experience, skills, capital and ambition. Starting-level candidates can set-up their franchise with an initial investment of £15,000 plus VAT (which is reclaimable), while a full valet and independent site starts at £25,000 plus VAT. Suitable management-calibre franchisees have the option of investing in multiple sites to build a substantial business.

'Running a successful Waves site is not difficult - it just takes hard work and high levels of customer service,' says Joanna. 'Waves franchisees don't need to have washed a car before or to have run their own business as there is a comprehensive training course, adapted for each individual's requirements. The dedicated area management team provides full and professional site set-ups, as well as ongoing support and mentoring to each franchisee. With our modern branding, localised pricing and customised local marketing campaigns, we are targeting national coverage across the UK and Ireland.'

'We are very pleased with the way that Waves has completely refurbished this site for us, it looks totally different to the way it did: smart, professional and great signage. Everybody in Rugeley has been talking about the site...we have already had lots of customers and have also won our first commercial contract. We are very happy so far.'
Siobhan Mahoney & Besnik Hajdarmataj, Staffordshire

'It is looking really good, I am very pleased."
Giovanni Matia, Hertfordshire

'The site is really busy and the customers love us. I am looking forward to working with Waves and getting a second site.'
Charles Augustine, Yorkshire

Written by: Stuart Anderson