"Operating my Well Polished franchise is very rewarding"

Following the launch of his Well Polished franchise six months ago, business is good for Well Polished franchise owner Nick Gregory

Despite launching his Well Polished franchise in a recession, business is going really well for franchise owner Nick Gregory who is on target to achieve a £30,000 turnover by the end of his first year of trading. "The entire Well Polished franchise network has benefited from the economic downturn," confirms Nick. "This is because more people have been forced out to work and as a result have less free time. Often, these people would prefer to pay someone to clean their house for them, so that they can spend the little free time they have with their families."

Before he joined Well Polished Nick had a varied career - from running a big company for three years to working from home, part time for another company. When he turned 50, Nick realised that he did not want to solely work for someone else until he retired. He continues: "I decided to research the different routes into self employment and franchising seemed the safest bet. I am the most sceptical person I know, so I did not expect to find a franchise as transparent and as affordable as quickly as I did.

"What attracted me to the Well Polished franchise was the fact that the initial fee was within my price range. You do not need to chase payments as these are paid upfront by standing order and the company founder Sandra Venables was very open, professional and honest. I was advised to contact existing franchise owners to see how they were getting on and they all gave positive feedback, which encouraged me to invest."

Established in 2004, Well Polished is a domestic cleaning introductions agency franchise and has territories available across the UK starting from as little as £4,900. Well Polished offers clients a variety of services from one off blitz cleans, bed making and laundry to standard house cleans, house sitting and waiting in for deliveries. In 2009 Well Polished introduced a new in-house, same day ironing service called Well Pressed. This service has proved popular in Nick's territory. "Male customers like the fact we are able to combine our services and offer a cleaning and ironing package," says Nick.

"After completing an intensive four-day training course I launched my Huddersfield-based territory in June 2009. Initially I spent a lot of time and money on advertising and now I am starting to reap the rewards as my business grows. My aim is to have 80 clients on the books by the end of my first year of trading.

"Operating my Well Polished franchise is very rewarding - especially when I receive phone calls from clients thanking me and my staff for doing a good job. Establishing the business is taking a lot of time, I work between 20-30 hours a week. However, I like the fact I am not just sat at home. I have to go out and about, meet new prospective clients and existing clients to check they have received a quality clean. The support is also superb - if I need any help I can contact head office at any point."

Reported by Jess Sturman