FiltaFry grows its UK operations

June 14, 2019

FiltaFry Franchise UK – FiltaFry’s parent company has acquired a large grease and drain management company to further increase its UK presence.

FiltaFry’s parent company, Filta Group, has announced that it’s in the process of acquiring a commercial kitchens grease and drain management firm in the UK following a great year for the company.

Watbio Holdings provides grease and drain management solutions to commercial kitchens across the UK and FiltaFry has entered into a multi-million-pound agreement to acquire the firm. The exciting acquisition follows a fantastic 2018 for FiltaFry, which saw it expand by issuing a master franchise license for FiltaFry Germany and welcome onboard ambitious new franchisees across the UK and Europe.

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The company also enjoyed strong trading throughout the year, with profits and revenue steadily increasing across the months, thanks in part to the integration of company GMG in late 2017 which specialises in FOG management for commercial clients. This gave profits and revenue a healthy boost, adding to the success that FiltaFry’s own franchisees experiences throughout 2018.

The acquisition of Watbio should be completed in early 2019 and will bring even more skilled and dedicated individuals into Filta Group’s network. Van-based franchise FiltaFry now has more than 422 mobile cooking oil filtration units operating across Europe and hopes to continue its success into 2019 by welcoming even more franchisees into the business.

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FiltaFry’s unique franchise opportunity offers the potential for unlimited growth, a strong base of repeat clients and virtually no competition thanks to its truly innovative total fryer management system. With clients ranging from schools, universities, hospitals and airports to local pubs, takeaways, stadiums and even offices, the potential for profit and success as a FiltaFry franchisee is endless. Add the environmental benefits of providing the oil filtration services and you’ve got a franchise that’s ripe for continued success year after year.

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FiltaFry picks up a Green Key

June 1, 2019

FiltaFry has been recognised for its eco-friendly and sustainable oil-filtration services by a widely respected organisation.

FiltaFry’s German operation has been recognised for its sustainable services and the positive impact that they have on the environment.

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The ‘Green Key’ programme, which is an environmental certification system for tourist attractions across the world, gives its stamp of approval to businesses that operate sustainably. It primarily looks at places such as hotels and leisure parks, but the German Association for Environmental Education (DGU), which awards the certification across Germany, judged FiltaFry as worthy of recognition. It’s one of the first supply companies to be recognised by the programme for its services, which include innovative oil filtration and total fryer management solutions.

Speaking about why it felt the van-based franchise was worthy of recognition, Robert Lorenz, Coordinator of the DGU, said:

“We recommend FiltaFry’s very effective and beneficial services because we think that not only does it make life easier for restaurant kitchen staff, the fryers are always clean and the oil is always flawless, but also because up to 50% of the oil can be conserved through regular on-site filtration. In this way restaurateurs are making a measurable contribution to environmental protection and even saving costs.”

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FiltaFry Europe’s Managing Director, Jos Van Aalst, said that the recommendation was a fantastic achievement for the franchise.

“To be recommended by the German Association for Environmental Education really means a lot to me personally. It is also a major milestone for our company and all franchisers. Numerous hotels and leisure parks such as Wunderland Kalkar are already customers of ours, profiting from a multitude of benefits. They can now also impress their guests with their sustainability.”

Since it was founded in 1996, FiltaFry has been bringing its unique total fryer management service to customers across the UK and Europe.

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Eco-friendly housekeeping business launches first Welsh franchise in Newport

May 28, 2019

Bright & Beautiful a national domestic housekeeping service provider and part of Neighbourly, the world’s largest franchisor of home service brands, has launched its first franchise in Wales this month as part of a national expansion programme.

Adelaide Morgan will be running the professional housekeeping business, delivering eco-friendly cleaning, tidying, laundry and ironing services to clients across the Newport and neighbouring areas.

Adelaide joins the Bright & Beautiful team of more than 60 franchise owners after a 10-year career in social care.

She plans to create a number of jobs for local men and women over the coming months.

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Adelaide said: “Having tried a number of cleaning companies myself I know just how hard it can be to find one that delivers what they promise.

“That initial frustration was what drove me to research housekeeping franchises and Bright & Beautiful’s reputation, testimonials and ethical values ticked absolutely all the boxes. I’m enormously excited to be bringing this award winning brand to Wales for the first time and to be bringing a business of this quality to my community.”

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Jo Vorwerg, franchise recruitment manager at Bright & Beautiful, said: “We are delighted to be extending the reach of Bright & Beautiful yet again and to be launching the network into Wales for the very first time.

“The business opportunities we offer are highly attractive to professional men and women seeking a new career direction. Our reputation, growing presence in the marketplace and awareness opportunities like our Discovery Days are putting us on an impressive growth trajectory for 2019 and we look forward to welcoming many more Welsh franchise owners to our team.”

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Launched in 2007, Bright & Beautiful is a national network of franchisees building their own local business, employing more than 700 people, with a multi-million-pound turnover and delivering more than 10,000 home service cleans per month.

By Jo Barnes

Source: South Wakes Argus

FiltaFry launches yet another European franchise

May 14, 2019

FiltaFry has welcomed yet another franchisee and continues to strengthen its European business.

FiltaFry has been celebrating its latest franchisee’s grand opening and looks forward to welcoming even more ambitious business people into the company. Ben Rabel, who is from the Upper Bavaria area, has just opened for business and will be serving customers all across Weilheim, Garmisch-Parenkirchen, Lake Starnberg, Landsberg and as far across as the Austrian border.

Rabel explained how he made the decision to become a franchisee of FiltaFry. He admitted that he’d been interested in franchising for a number of years, but never quite found the right opportunity to tempt him into making the plunge. However, as Ben moved into his 30s, he became more focused on finding a franchise that would enable him to become his own boss.

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“In the context of my family history, having my own company was always my goal,” says Rabel.

However, after spotting the opportunity that van-based franchise FiltaFry were presenting, he was quickly convinced that it was the right franchise to join.

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“I had my eye on a few franchise concepts and finally FiltaFry convinced me, and I made a decision within a couple of weeks. More sustainability in the catering and tourism industries is a very personal concern of mine, and it’s becoming more and more important, especially for holidaying families with children. That’s why I see very good prospects for me as a FiltaFry entrepreneur in our region, despite there being no large city in my area that I could service. We are delighted to finally be able to get started.”

He said that the business would be a family affair, with even his two-year-old son keen to get involved with things by modelling the FiltaFry hat and looks forward to many years of profitable business as his own boss.

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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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April 16, 2019

Following two years of research and development new Chemex franchisees can now look forward to a financial boost when starting their business.

“Building your customer base in year one is a vital platform to future security” says Michael Graham Managing Director.

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Therefore Chemex are offering new starters a “double your money” starter package from September 2018. In the early days money is tight for any new business so we want to try and ease that burden by offering to support our new partners with “free product” for the first £10,000 worth of sales they achieve.

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Better than that we will also help them achieve those results with direct support with telemarketing and in-field sales support. The key benefit long term to this incentive is with our B2B model customers are repeat buyers and with many using Chemex for 5 years or more your initial “freebie” can produce literally hundreds of thousands in future revenues.

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Chemex Managing Director elected as a Full Board Member of the British Franchise Association

April 16, 2019

Chemex International are delighted to announce that Michael Graham, Managing Director, has been elected as a Full Board Member of the British Franchise Association.

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Michael joined the franchise community in 1985 with Safeclean and has subsequently enjoyed a career as employee, manager, director and owner in a variety of franchise systems both here and in the US. This experience has given Michael a unique insight into the franchising industry and is now delighted to be able to contribute to the future direction of the BFA.

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“I’m delighted to have been elected as a board member of the BFA, and this is the perfect opportunity for me to give something back to the industry that has formed the backbone of my career.”

Micheal Graham, Managing Director, Chemex International

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30 year Chemex journey for this franchisee

April 16, 2019

With the average span of time spent in a franchise across the industry being 8.5 years Chemex International will be celebrating one franchisee’s journey of a lifetime through three decades from the late Eighties to his contract renewal this month.

It’s 1989 and tumultuous world events are unfolding with Britain in the Thatcher era, the Tiananmen Square uprising and the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the world changing a young dairy herdsman reading the Daily Mail also spots a piece on franchising with Chemical Express (Chemex). Charles Williams is looking to control his own future after starting his working life on a farm milking and rearing the young livestock in a 92 strong dairy herd. With farming changing, he no longer sees a future in the industry where he worked long days on a small income. Being prepared for the hard work of building his own business, franchise contracts were signed on 17th May 1989.

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Training was far from the all-inclusive pattern for today’s franchise partners, and just consisted of three days product initiation, a short review and then being sent out into the field to meet potential customers. With absolutely no sales experience but a strong work ethic, Charles achieved numerous targets. The first and as he says, the most difficult, was breaking even whilst learning a new business. However, this was quickly overcome, and he built his turnover to the point where employing staff became the logical next step. Marrying his partner Donna – who helps in the operation – and employing his brother gave Charles the security of running a family business which generated the financial returns he needed.

A finalist in the bfa Franchisee of the Year awards in 1997 was fine recognition for his business, and as the winner of the Chemex “Dreams Come True” competition based on sales growth, he realised a childhood dream of a holiday to New Zealand.

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“Charles is now a well-respected elder statesman in the Chemex network. He is the first of a fistful of franchisees reaching their 20 to 30-year anniversaries and epitomises what franchising within a solid system can bring to the lives of determined and enthusiastic franchise partners. Thirty years of self-determination, a lifestyle that has raised a family and an asset he continues to build. He can reliably advise any of our new starters that hard work and perseverance really do pay off.”
Michael Graham Managing Director of Chemex

“I can honestly say that taking the franchise with Chemex has been the best thing I have done in my life.”
Charles William, Chemex franchisee

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