Dream Doors franchise expands in Telford and Wrekin

August 14, 2019

Kitchen facelift experts Dream Doors will be opening a Shropshire showroom in Wellington with the help of a £10,000 High Street Grant from Telford & Wrekin Council.

The makeover company specialises in kitchens and bedrooms and prides itself on providing a personal, friendly service that focusses on customer satisfaction.

 
Since its foundation in 1999, the enterprise has expanded and now has over 90 independently owned showrooms across the UK.

The Wellington showroom will be headed up by local businessman Chris Nowell who is looking forward to opening up at 8-10 Church Street.

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Chris said: “I always wanted my own business and Dream Doors has given me the opportunity to combine the reassurance of an established national brand along with the personal approach of my own business which I see as being part of the local community.

“I’ve got a busy few weeks ahead, but hope to open in August. As well as introducing a specialist showroom to the region, I will also be creating some new jobs. It’s an exciting time and I am very grateful to the council for their support.”

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The incentive grants are one of the many ways the Council is supporting businesses and rejuvenating high streets as part of its Pride in Our Community High Street initiative.

Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for finance, commercial services and economic development, said: “I am delighted to see yet another enterprise opening up in Wellington with the help of one of our business grants.

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The grants really are making a difference, and helping people to realise their dreams, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.”

Source: Shropshire Live

Driveways made from plastic straws? Businessman launches franchise in hometown

August 11, 2019

A Colchester businessman will be using an innovative mixture of plastic straws, bottles and packaging to build driveways across Essex after teaming up with a national franchise.

 
Liam Dorian has joined forced with Oltco, the UK’s leading sustainable resin driveway company, to launch the firm’s first Essex franchise.

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Oltco’s Recycle Bound technique is the world’s first recycled driveway solution to help combat the global issue of plastic waste.

Mr Dorian said he was delighted to be rolling out the franchise across Colchester and surrounding area.

“Oltco’s ethos to feel good about the work they do and the decisions they make is totally is line with my own.

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“When the opportunity to launch Oltco in my hometown came up, I knew this was an opportunity I could not miss”, he said.

“I’m really excited about growing in the innovative business across the county and taking on more and more territories.”

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Johnny Pearce, co-Director at Oltco, comments: “We were instantly impressed by Liam’s hardworking attitude and determination as well as his warm and friendly approach towards everybody he speaks to.”

By James Carr

Source: EADT

Leading sustainable resin driveway company launches in Essex

August 5, 2019

Oltco, the UK’s leading sustainable resin driveway company has just launched its Colchester franchise which is run by local businessman, Liam Dorian. Oltco will be delivering premium resin driveway solutions, including its innovative product, Recycle Bound, across Colchester and nearby towns and villages including Mersea Island, Dedham, Coggeshall and Tiptree.

 
Recycle Bound is the world’s first recycled driveway solution to help combat the global issue of plastic waste. Made from waste plastic (straws, plastic drink bottles and plastic food packaging) from a plastic recycling point, each square metre of Recycle Bound consists of the equivalent of 3,000 plastic straws. Therefore if Recycle Bound was laid on a standard 50 square metre drive, the equivalent of 150,000 plastic straws would be recycled in the process.

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Oltco is renowned for its Recycle Bound solution, specialist expertise, premium products, quality installation, proven track record and outstanding customer service. With a passion for innovation and a desire to offer superior products, Oltco is dedicated to delivering unique solutions which are tailored for specific client requirements.

With a background of working within the construction industry, Liam’s experience provides him with the hands-on approach, and skills required to exceed customer’s expectations across Colchester.

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As a local businessman, with the determination to deliver excellence, Liam is perfectly positioned to deliver the high-standard results that Oltco has become renowned for over the past 15 years.

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With a range of benefits including a 20 year guarantee and porous properties, as well as being extremely hard wearing and low maintenance, Liam and his team of experts are set to become the first choice for resin bound driveway solutions across Colchester. Oltco’s superior in-house blends are also available in a spectrum of colour options to transform the aesthetic of a property and create a bespoke finish.

Source: Essex Magazine

Franchise Brands’ first-half profits pushed higher by Metro Rod

July 24, 2019

Franchise acquired Metro Rod a couple of years ago, and it is now starting to reap the reward of its hefty investment in the business.

A strong showing from its Metro Rod drain care and repair business helped profits at Franchise Brands PLC (LON:FRAN) soar in the first half of the year.

 
Pre-tax profit rose 27% to £1.8mln (H1 18: £1.4mln) in the six months ended 30 June, on revenue of £20.1mln (H1 18: £16.8mln) – a 19% year-on-year increase.

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Metro Rod, which Franchise acquired two years ago, was the standout performer, with sales growth accelerating to 15%. Underlying earnings jumped by 44% to £1.73mln (H1 18: £1.20mln).

Car body repairer ChipsAway also saw earnings rise in the period, more than offsetting drops in profitability at OvenClean and dog groomer Barking Mad.

Both OvenClean and Barking Mad recruited fewer new franchisees in the half, while the latter has also been reorganised following the departure of the founder.

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Given the surge in group profits, Franchise has upped its interim by 43% to 0.30p per share (H1 18: 0.21p).

Franchise recruitment picking up
“Franchise Brands has delivered a strong performance in the first half of 2019 driven primarily by Metro Rod’s accelerating rate of growth,” said executive chairman Stephen Helmsley.

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“We have made significant progress with our strategy at Metro Rod and have begun to realise the benefits of our investment in infrastructure – in particular IT – that is starting to unlock sales growth, efficiencies and improved customer service, enhancing both corporate and franchisee profitability.

He added: “All of our profitable, cash generative B2C brands have seen a substantial improvement in franchise recruitment compared to the challenging second half of last year and ChipsAway is increasingly well positioned for the rapid changes underway in the automotive sector in particular in relation to ADAS and the growth of electric and hybrid vehicles.”

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Looking ahead, Helmsley said he “remains very positive” on the outlook for the business and expects to deliver “further significant growth” in the current year and beyond.

Source: Proactive Investors

Sustainable resin driveway company launches new franchise in Bath

July 21, 2019

Oltco, the UK’s leading sustainable resin driveway company has just launched a new franchise in Bath, run by local businessman James Gardner.

Oltco will now be delivering resin driveway solutions, including its innovative product, Recycle Bound, across the Bath area.

 
Recycle Bound is the world’s first recycled driveway solution to help combat the global issue of plastic waste.

Made from waste plastic, including straws, plastic drink bottles and plastic food packaging, from a plastic recycling point, each square metre of Recycle Bound consists of the equivalent of 3,000 plastic straws.

If Recycle Bound was laid on a standard 50 square metre drive, the equivalent of 150,000 plastic straws would be recycled in the process.

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The new Bath business is owned and run by James Gardner, who undertook in-depth training at Oltco’s head office in Newquay, Cornwall, prior to opening the franchise.

James says he has always wanted to create his own success and the opportunity to launch an Oltco franchise in Bath seemed like the perfect option.

He said: “For me, a franchise with Oltco ticked all of the boxes for running my own business. From the company values and its high quality products through to its outstanding customer care and innovative outlook, everything resonated with me.

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“I am really excited to be launching this franchise and look forward to building on Oltco’s already successful business model and over the next few years, growing Oltco’s portfolio further with more territories.”

Johnny Pearce, Co-Director at Oltco, added: “We are truly delighted to be welcoming James in to the Oltco family and can’t wait to watch Oltco grow across Bath.

“James is a perfect fit for our values led business and shares our passion for Oltco’s industry leading products as well as our commitment to look after the world around us.

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“We know that James was the right man for the job as he is totally in line with our company ethos to feel good about the work we do and the decisions we make and shared our excitement for our product Recycle Bound – the world’s first driveway solution made using waste plastic already in circulation.”

Source: Bath Echo

Window to the wow factor

July 8, 2019

Shuttercraft offers all the ingredients for a business to be proud of

Shuttercraft is all about being exceptional – from the Franchise Partner journey through to the end consumer experience.

 
The market for interior window shutters has exploded over the last 10 years due to the powerful ‘wow factor’ they provide. In the US, one in every six windows is shuttered, while in the UK the industry is now worth approximately £60-£80 million per annum.

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HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

As a management franchise, Partners can expect to generate revenues exceeding £500,000, with a gross profit margin of 40-50 per cent. Combined with a high cash flow and low staff numbers, you have all the ingredients for a business to be proud of.

The Shuttercraft opportunity is tailored to help you launch your business and hit the ground running. You will be working both in and on your business, with a strong focus on lead generation and exceptional customer service.

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All Franchise Partners follow the Shuttercraft no hard sell promise: no pressure to generate sales, no outstaying your welcome.

The company is also setting new standards in franchise support. It provides franchisees with a dedicated team of experts, who are on hand from day one, including mentors, business managers, technical specialists and account managers.

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UK recycled driveway specialist launches new Lancaster franchise

July 4, 2019

Oltco, a national firm that specialises in sustainable resin driveways has launched a franchise in Lancaster and South Lakeland.

Roger Hardaker is the area’s franchisee for Oltco, whose product Recycle Bound is the world’s first recycled driveway solution to help combat the global issue of plastic waste.

 
Made from waste plastic (straws, plastic drink bottles and plastic food packaging) from a plastic recycling point, each square metre of Recycle Bound consists of the equivalent of 3,000 plastic straws.

Therefore if Recycle Bound was laid on a standard 50 square metre drive, the equivalent of 150,000 plastic straws would be recycled in the process.

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Roger, who has spent 25 years of his career running his own IFA business, said: “I am really excited to be launching Oltco in Lancaster and the surrounding areas. The company’s values and innovative approach really appealed to me and working with Oltco to launch my own franchise seemed like the perfect option.

“I am extremely passionate about creating the wow factor for customers and transforming spaces through Oltco’s innovative and high quality products, including Recycle Bound.

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Johnny Pearce, co-director at Oltco, added: “We are over the moon that Roger has decided to launch Lancaster branch and join our team. From the moment I met Roger, the combination of his presence, experience and honesty filled me with confidence that he was the perfect fit for Oltco. Oltco is going through a brilliant phase of growth and we know that Roger is the right man to help us continue to do this.”

Tom Stringer, Co-Director at Oltco, added: “We are really looking forward to watching our Lancaster franchise go from strength to strength under Roger’s leadership. He totally embraces our feel good values, something that has played a vital role in our success and because of this, we are confident that Oltco Lancaster will be a huge success too.”

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Source: Lancaster Guardian

Shuttercraft win SME News UK Enterprise Awards – Best Custom Window Shutters Provider 2019

July 3, 2019

Premium window covering supplier Shuttercraft were nominated, and subsequently won, the award for the Best Custom Window Shutters Provider at the 2019 UK Enterprise awards.

Now in its third year, the annual SME News UK Enterprise Awards recognise small and medium sized businesses based on excellence in the industry, quality of products and dedication to service. Each award is issued on a merit basis and not the number of votes received.

 
Winners are selected via a combination of votes and nominations from a network of respected industry partners and SME’s own rigorous in-house research to ensure the awards are a true representation of the very best that the SME landscape has to offer.

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Leaving nothing to chance each business is carefully scrutinised from their performance over the past 12 months, their commitment to innovation, their methods and even their competition to ensure that only the most deserving names walk away with an awards.

Lisa Stead, Franchise Manager for Shuttercraft said:

“Winning this award is a fantastic recognition of the hard work and dedication of every member of our Head Office team and our Franchise Partners. Impeccable customer service, the provision of quality products and award winning training are at the core of Shuttercraft and this focus has resulted in another accolade to add to our growing portfolio.”

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Shuttercraft are one of the UK’s largest shutter companies, expertly installing premium, made-to-measure shutters and blinds that transform homes up and down the country. You will always deal with a local Shuttercraft expert via their network of franchise partners – only selling quality S:Craft products.

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Loft boarding firm launches franchise network

May 1, 2019

An Accrington-based loft boarding specialist has signed up its first franchisee in a plan which will see the company expand nationwide.

Loft Boarding NW has renamed itself UK Loft Boarding to reflect its new ambitions and intended growth.

The North West region is overseen by the original team, which began in 2010 as a husband and wife operation with a van, a selection of tools and a couple of hundred pounds to invest.

Loft Boarding NW grew from a back bedroom to 4,500 sq ft offices and warehouse now employing 22 staff in Clayton le Moors.

And now its first franchise is up and running, with Gavin and Carol Hutchinson launching the Halifax-based Yorkshire Loft Boarding. Also beginning as a husband-and-wife business, the franchise has now grown to a team of four.

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Managing director Andy Greenhalgh said: “Due to the huge success of our first franchise launch we are now focusing on two further franchises in 2019. They are to cover Cumbria and the North East of England and then plans for several more in the UK in 2020.

None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for our excellent dedicated staff

“Gavin is doing exceptionally well. With our guidance and administrative help he can concentrate on running and building his business. None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the excellent dedicated staff we have.”

Source: Lancashire Business View

Trend Transformations rebrands again and pushes eco message

April 17, 2019

Kitchen and bathroom makeover franchise Trend Transformations has rebranded again while the business moves its existing Granite estate to the new Trend brand.

In 2017, the business, which has more than 20 showrooms in the UK, rebranded to Trend Transformations, but two years later most of its showrooms remain Granite Transformations.

At the start of this year, the business took the decision to call themselves Granite and Trend Transformations until the new store brand rollout programme is complete – a five-year process.

Granite and Trend Transformations said it was looking to add new franchises and the new stores will be kitted out in the new brand and called Trend Transformations.

 

The business is keen to push its environmental credentials, offering worktops made from up to 72% of recycled glass from used beer, wine and mineral water bottles.

It said it was aiming at the “eco chic” marketplace, with designs featuring glass fragments bonded together with a clear polymer resin, for aesthetically beautiful, tough and scratch-resistant surfaces.

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“Long before it became fashionable, Granite and Trend Transformations declared a commitment to implementing processes that protect and preserve the planet’s resources,” the firm said.

“Key to the company’s direction was the belief that great style and beauty did not have to be sacrificed in the pursuit of corporate responsibility. Products are designed specifically to consume fewer raw materials and extend durability.”

The firm said its engineered surfaces require 60% fewer raw materials and incorporate both geologic waste and recycled glass that would otherwise end up in landfills.

The firm said it collaborates with the world’s leading environmental organisations, architects and designers to incorporate sustainable practices in its operations, while promoting green building practices in the wider industry.

Source: KBB Review