Driver Hire Renewals Come in Threes

May 17, 2019

Three Driver Hire franchisees – in Brighton, Cardiff and Gatwick – have recently completed renewal agreements securing further five year business partnerships with the leading transport & logistics recruitment specialists.

Franchising for over 30 years, Driver Hire recruitment offices mainly provide temporary and permanent drivers and other logistics staff to local and national organisations in both the public and private sector.

If they’re short of staff – perhaps because of illness, holidays or seasonal demand – Driver Hire will supply them with a suitable replacement.

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Simon Johnston,  Franchise Development Director commented: “The renewal process, which is free, involves the franchisee producing a five-year business and financial plan, using Driver Hire’s template documents. A meeting is then held between the franchisee and, usually two directors, to discuss the content and the franchisee’s future plans.”

Dave Pollard, owner of the Brighton franchise, said: “Renewal is a great opportunity to review your business. As with the purchase process, Driver Hire’s Group Services support team were both thorough and helpful. As a result I’m looking forward to developing my franchise further over the next five years.”

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For both Darran Perkins and Nic Chaviaris, their Driver Hire connections go back further than ten years.

They both worked for the previous owners of their franchise before making the decision to invest when the opportunity came along.

“I can’t believe how much my business has grown,” says Nic Chaviaris, owner of Gatwick franchise.

“I’ve never had any doubts that I made the right decision. I work with a great team and the business fits in with my family commitments. Most importantly we continue to be a highly successful operation.” Darran Perkins (Driver Hire Cardiff) agrees.

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“When it’s your own business, you benefit directly from the effort that you put in. We’re a 24/7 operation, so success as a Driver Hire franchise is about following their well established franchise model combined with a strong work ethic. I continue to make a good living from my franchise – that’s why I chose to renew.”

Former Farmer Reaps Benefits After Switching Career Paths

April 16, 2019

A former farmer is reaping the benefits of success after switching careers to provide a hygiene service to local businesses.

Tired of long hours with little reward, Charles Williams invested in a hygiene supplies service and he’s never looked back.

Now 28 years later he has grown his Chemex franchise to a £400,000 turnover operation and supplies hundreds of businesses across the South Cheshire, North Shropshire and The Wirral franchise territory. Charles provides a hygiene advice and training service backed by more than 600 specialist products from his base in Ashton near Chester.

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His customers include nursing homes, schools, shops, pubs, restaurants and hotels across the region. His success has won him a special achievement award from Chemex to recognise the outstanding customer service he has provided to ensure local businesses don’t fall foul of hygiene laws.

He is also the company’s longest serving franchisee.

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Michael Graham, Managing Director of Chemex, said: 

“Charles is a wonderful example of how to be successful in business. He provides outstanding customer service and goes the extra mile to ensure his customers’ requirements are fully met. It was a brave step to switch from farming to a completely new career, but Charles has shown great commitment and dedication to build a highly successful business.”

Charles said: 

“Investing in a Chemex franchise is the best decision I have ever made. It has completely changed my life. Since leaving farming my work life balance has improved dramatically and my social life has grown with many of my loyal customers becoming friends. The business continues to grow and I’m enjoying life. I like being out on the road meeting new people and building new relationships.”

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Berkshire franchise company, Chemex, celebrates 25th Anniversary with record breaking turnover

April 16, 2019

Chemex, a Berkshire hygiene supplies franchise company has double cause to celebrate after reaching 25 years in business and achieving record turnover.

Stephen and Margaret Crinks have grown their Chemex franchise to a near £750,000 a year business with four employees since starting from scratch 25 years ago.

The franchise business supplies hundreds of customers across Berkshire and North Wiltshire with a hygiene consultancy service backed by 600 products.

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The couple recently invested in a 2,200sq ft franchise service centre at Great Bedwyn near their franchise territory in Marlborough to help meet demand from its growing customer base which covers the M4 corridor.

Stephen and Margaret’s success has been praised by Chemex Managing Director Michael Graham who said: 

“Stephen and Margaret are a wonderful example of how to be successful in business. They provide exceptional customer service and help hundreds of businesses across West Berkshire and North Wiltshire to maintain a first-class hygiene regime.”

Mr Graham said the franchise had built up an excellent reputation and supplied prestigious clients such as the three-star Michelin restaurant The Fat Duck at Bray run by Heston Blumenthal.

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Stephen Crinks said: 

“It is very satisfying that so many top-class establishments rely on us to make sure they have the best possible health and hygiene regime. We have grown the business year on year and although we work hard, I enjoy every minute. Each day I get to meet lots of wonderful people many of whom have been loyal customers for many years. I also owe so much to Margaret who provides the all-important admin and organisation which has been vital in enabling the business to flourish and grow.”

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Oxfordshire Franchisee Thanks Redundancy For Sparking His Success

April 16, 2019

Chemex Franchise UK – Being made redundant has turned into a blessing in disguise for current franchisee Steve Payne.


Losing his job set Steve on an entrepreneurial path which has seen him build a highly successful franchise business in the hygiene supplies sector. And now Steve is celebrating 26 years of running a Chemex franchise supplying hundreds of businesses within his franchise territory of North Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds.

Steve, a former RAF jet fighter technician, turned to Chemex after losing his job as a plant manager at a mineral water company and he’s never looked back.

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“At the time it was disappointing, but it set me on a new path which has enabled me to create a successful business and a highly enjoyable lifestyle,” said Steve whose business is based in Minster Lovell. “I recognised there was a good opportunity with Chemex and I have really enjoyed growing the business and building relationships with so many wonderful customers.”

Starting from scratch Steve has built up a six figure annual turnover and the business continues to grow. He provides a consultancy and training service, backed by 600 specialist cleaning products, to a wide range of businesses including restaurants, hotels and residential care facilities.

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Steve’s success has been praised by Chemex Managing Director Michael Graham who said: 

“Steve is a wonderful example of how to be successful in business. He has turned a bad situation to his advantage by having a positive can-do attitude. He provides exceptional customer service and helps hundreds of businesses across North Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds to maintain a first-class hygiene regime.”

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Elaine Anderson – case study

March 14, 2019

Elaine Anderson joined leading greeting card publisher and franchisor Card Connection in 2012 and took over the established territory of Glasgow and Fort William.

  • Name: Elaine Anderson
  • Location: Glasgow & Fort William
  • Franchise: Card Connection
  • Date: joined 2012

Elaine now delivers and merchandises Card Connection’s extensive range of high-quality greeting cards and accessories, such as wrap and gift bags, to retailers across the region.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you were doing prior to buying a franchise?

Before joining the Card Connection franchise network I was a contract manager for Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Enterprise for around 10 years before taking a break to re-evaluate options.

Why did you go down the franchise route? What made you choose your industry? And why your franchise?

A visit to the Franchise exhibition in Scotland sparked my interest in franchising and an advert in the local paper led me to the Card Connection opportunity which had become available. I was looking for a new challenge and Card Connection ticked all the boxes. The business offered a solid cash-flow opportunity and stunning products.

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I also liked the business model where Card Connection’s franchisees use a proven system to place quality greeting cards and gifts in retail outlets on a ‘consignment’ basis. This means the stock and display equipment are installed on free loan to the retailer. This is one step beyond ‘sale or return’ as Card Connection customers never have to buy the stock initially, only paying for what they sell. Card Connection’s award winning merchandising service provided to retailers by local franchisees has proved popular with retailers and supported franchisees in business for more than two decades.

The staff were friendly and helpful and this stood out too. The team have a good attitude and it is this support you need when starting out, not pressure.

What training and support did you receive initially and ongoing?

Training was thorough and took place at Card Connection’s head office in Farnham, Surrey. There was a full handover with the outgoing franchisee who was emigrating to Australia, so I could learn the ropes before taking over full-time.

What is a typical day for you as a franchisee?The Glasgow and Fort William territory is a mix of urban and some particularly rural areas and even includes several island locations. Driving through the scenery is a delight and I have got to see parts of Scotland I’ve never been to before! I also need to travel on a couple of ferries which is not a bad way to get to work! I have around 200 retail customers which I visit on a regular basis every four-six weeks. I visit between five and seven stores on a typical day to supply the new stock of greeting cards and refresh the displays.

What challenges have you faced?

Starting out was ‘hectic’ but in a good way! I can only compare it to expecting a child: you do all the research but nothing quite prepares you for the reality! Card Connection’s business model is simple, but there was still a lot to learn. The team have been tremendously supportive and really helped me get to grips with the franchise, so I could get up and running quickly.

Has becoming a franchisee changed your life? If so how?

I am so pleased I chose Card Connection – the company and staff have been really good to deal with. I now manage my own business, it is completely different from any of my previous roles but I really enjoy the challenge.

What is the most invaluable piece of advice you could give someone looking to buy their first franchise?

Homework is essential! Research is great, but there is no substitute for spending time with a franchisee and seeing what they actually do on a daily basis.

In your opinion, what makes a successful franchisee?Organised people who are focused will make good franchisees. I think people who are over anxious may find self-employment challenging. Franchisees also need to be prepared to work really hard and be flexible. Often it is not a 9-5 job!

What are your plans for the future?

It is coming up to five years with Card Connection, so I plan to continue to build the business. I now work with my son and also have a part-time helper to pack the greetings cards. We will now focus on developing better quality stores which are of a certain size to maximise profits.

Would you do it all again?Yes! I researched many options before joining Card Connection but the franchise has definitely turned out to be the best choice for me.

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The power of Two!

March 14, 2019

Young entrepreneurs Shipra Mehta and Swati Bagwe are just two of Caremark’s thirty something clutch of franchisees who have recently joined the expanding UK network.

Shipra and Swati, friends and business partners, launched their Caremark home care business in Richmond-upon-Thames in January 2017 and started trading in May of that year. In less than 12th months, they have gone from a standing start exceeding performance targets to a business which is building a great reputation in their local community.

Their drive and determination to create a high quality locally based home care service was rewarded with two prestigious accolades from Caremark Limited at the company’s annual conference earlier this year: The Rising Star award and the Regional Award for top franchise in the south-central region, acknowledging their progress through the last year.

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Both women come from professional backgrounds, with Shipra having worked in the NHS and Swati within underwriting for a major insurance company. Despite their different career paths, their common denominator is their shared vision to create an outstanding business, delivering bespoke care and support to the vulnerable people in their local area.

Their young business has already attained recognition from Richmond Council as a provider of home care, as well as the council awarding one of their care workers with the Dignity in Care accolade.

The combined talents of both these young professionals is sure to stand them in good stead and will, no doubt, see them collect yet more gongs in the coming years.

With plans to extend their service to adults with learning disabilities, both Shipra and Swati are excited about their future and are looking forward to reaching out to different people in their community.

“I can certainly say, that now, a year on choosing a Caremark franchise has definitely been the best decision I have taken yet,” says Swati, a sentiment with which they both agree!

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One Woman’s Journey from Health Care to Social Care

March 13, 2019

Sharan Dhaliwal launched her Caremark (Cardiff & The Vale of Glamorgan) franchise after a career in the NHS, spanning 25 years.

Caremark Franchise UK. The former nurse, midwife and health visitor had a personal encounter of specialist care after her husband was involved in a road traffic accident, sustaining life-threatening injuries. He required around-the-clock, in-home care and Sharan witnessed the devastating impact of poor-quality support in the home.

“I soon realised that the quality and standard of care was generally poor when carers visited our home and I knew then I could do a better job. I spent a year doing research into the domiciliary care sector and decided to combine my background working for the NHS with the new business skills I had picked up whilst running my husband’s retail business. In September 2015, I made the leap from a career in the NHS to launching my Caremark franchise.”

Sharan’s business has gone from strength to strength, with two CIW regulatory inspections passed – Care Inspectorate Wales is the Welsh governing body which inspects and rates care providers, much like the Care Quality Commission – and an ever-expanding team of care workers joining her business on a regular basis.

Sharan puts much of her success down to the detailed planning and research conducted when initially considering the franchise opportunity.

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“I had a solid business plan to start with which I reviewed periodically. Plus, I determined simple critical business goals – you have to know where you are going before you get there. Building a successful business depends heavily on how well you work with and relate to others. I mainly listen more than I speak.

“The planning paid off and I exceeded my targets for growth in care hours set for the first year of business. I’ve also taken risks which I feel is key to building a successful business – for example, taking packages of care which are complex and having evidenced positive outcomes for my clients. We are one of the providers of choice with the Local Authority and have a good reputation.”

Sharan’s commitment to providing great quality care to vulnerable people living in her local community continues to drive her to grow the business further. She admits that, without her team, this wouldn’t be possible.

“I continue to foster a competent and caring team who apply Caremark’s aims and objectives in their everyday practice and it gives me great joy to see young care workers having lots of opportunities for progression within my business. In terms of personal achievements, I’m really thriving as a franchisee. I have some important short and long-term goals but, most importantly, I want to be an instrumental part of Caremark’s success.”

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Diamond Home Support – Top 100 Franchises

February 1, 2019

Diamond Home Support has been listed in the Elite ‘Top 100 Franchises’ for 2019.

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Managing Director, Andrew Watton said: “This is yet another recognition of what a superb opportunity Diamond Home Support is.

We are the lowest cost franchise on the list and that means you can get started in a top 100 franchise for less than £3,000! I encourage anyone looking to start a business in 2019 to talk to us about what we can offer.”

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Curves Kenilworth – Franchise Success Story – Curves Fitness Franchise

July 15, 2018

The best part of owning a Curves Kenilworth Franchise is sharing in the wonderful benefits that our members experience.

Running your own business is challenging of course but the sense of worth and fulfilment that comes from helping women take control of their health and well-being is amazing and something I am passionate about. That passion is also evident throughout the organisation.

I have regular contact with my Business Development Manager who always gives invaluable support, advice and encouragement and the team at our European headquarters are quick to respond to technical issues. There is also a huge library of online resources and training.

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Curves KenilworthI joined Curves Kenilworth as a Circuit Coach 10 years ago and bought the franchise in 2015. I have seen several changes in the organisation during that time and believe that now is a great time to be a Curves franchisee.

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The recent introduction of a new management strategy for owners has had a huge impact on the success of many clubs, including my own and we have seen continued growth in membership over the last 3 years.

I’m one of those lucky people who looks forward to going to work every day.

Denise Knight

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Sarah Stevens

July 9, 2018

Leaving university with a degree in organisation and management, I had always dreamed of running my own business but had no finances with which to do so.

I became a police officer straight from university and went into teaching following the birth of my first son, James. In 2017 after three children, 21 years of employment and 9 years as a headteacher, I suffered a period of ill health and realised that I wanted to fulfil my dreams of running my own business and, if at all possible, to involve my children in the process as a learning tool and future investment for them.

I undertook a lot of research and felt that the one common interest myself and my family had was animals. We were interested in their welfare and this was also something I knew a little about, having studied equine studies at college and having a dog trained under the dogs helping kids charity.

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I had spoken to a number of people and sat in on some local business networking events, all of which agreed that a franchise opportunity was a good idea as it gave you the full package to support start-ups and although there was a monthly fee in most instances, it was worth it to have the support of the franchise team. On looking further into the franchise industry and the pet world, Husse stood out as a growing company, with a good successful track record and on talking to them it was very clear that the HQ team were very knowledgeable and above all honest about what it would take to be successful. There was no hidden messages or promises of things that could only be achieved in one or two cases.

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Before committing further, I undertook local research about the competitors locally and the possibility of local markets and shows which would be open to Husse products. I also switched my own animals to the brand, as I had never been a salesperson and so felt it hugely important for me to be able to believe in the brand and speak highly about it (Teasel and Felix love it by the way!) I looked at online reviews from customers and reviews from reputable franchise websites – Husse stood out due to the high quality of natural ingredients (far superior to mass produced dog food), pet food matched to pets requirements, the cost per daily feed and proven system, global brand.

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6 months after initial enquiries I bought the franchise and began training and trading with my son James. The training with Majid was amazing and Costas offered great support throughout the whole process. Both are very open and honest.

As with any start-up it is going to be hard work, but it is a product you can believe in, be passionate about and over time succeed with.