Just Shutters exceeds £25m in sales milestone

February 21, 2020

Just Shutters, the window shutter company with 19 franchisees, reports that last year it had its highest sales of £27.4m.

 
The company’s average customer order was for six square metres of window coverings and during the year almost 16,000 sales orders were taken by its network.

Just Shutters, founded in Southbourne, Dorset by Chris Rocker in 2006, says that over 94,000 square metres of the UK is now covered in its plantation shutters, which are designed and installed by the company.

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Rocker, who saw sales at the company’s headquarters of over £3m, commented: “I am so proud of how far Just Shutters has come, I have a true passion for the shutter industry and in 2006 I saw a gap in the market for high quality shutters. Since then the progression of the company has been overwhelming.

“Our franchisees are true reflection of our success and their commitment to the Just Shutter ethos is unprecedented. We pride ourselves on our outstanding customer service, from the first consultation, to the way the designers leave your home. We guarantee a smooth and efficient installation from start to finish.

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“We now not only offer high quality classic louvre plantation shutters, but we have designed beautiful coloured shutters, inspired by the British coast, as well as revolutionary automated shutters, allowing our customers to have shutters on even the hardest to reach windows.”

Andrew Cook, owner of the South West franchise also celebrating sales of £3m, said: “When I relocated to Exeter from Hemel Hempstead in 2011, I was unsure of what the future may hold, however, with Just Shutters backing and a little bit of determination, I am so proud of how Exeter Just Shutters has developed, and wow, Just Shutters hitting over £25m, what an achievement.”

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Just Shutters offer the complete range of both solid wooden shutters and louvred plantation shutters for all window shapes and sizes. It also offers custom made shutters for glass roofs and unusual window shapes such as those found in conservatories. The company adds that despite its growth, its main objective is still its commitment to customers, which has seen it gain 5-star customer reviews.

Source: Franchise World

Mr. Electric helps DPD become more sustainable

December 24, 2019

The electrical service brand, Mr. Electric, has assisted the UK parcel delivery company DPD with the roll-out of its fleet of electric vehicle (EV) delivery vans in Cornwall by installing home vehicle charging points for two DPD delivery drivers.

From Newquay down to St Austell, the two drivers, Nick Lott and Simon Penter have both switched from a diesel van to a 100 per cent electric van that has resulted in reduced running costs, whilst also enabling them to become a more sustainable and efficient business.

 
The pair, equipped with their new Nissan e-NV200 vans, needed an affordable and user-friendly EV charging point to enable them to fulfil daily deliveries from a single fast charge, which would charge their vans whilst they slept.

As a government-approved installer of electric chargepoints, Mr. Electric was appointed by the DPD drivers to carry out the work and is now assisting both drivers to apply for a grant under the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, where they can each receive up to £500 off the cost of purchasing and installing their home charging point.

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Lott commented: “I was so impressed with Mr. Electric from the outset and have already referred the business to both colleagues and friends, which is testament to the work they carried out for me.

“The team provided a quality service, from the initial site survey to understanding my requirements and they continue to show their high levels of knowledge and expertise in the EV market.

“I have become more environmentally and economically minded with my new EV van and have taken advantage of a new off-peak electricity tariff to help reduce the costs even further. Being able to charge my van easily and quickly at home is also essential for my business.”

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Green transport technology

Steve Barlow, director of Mr. Electric Cornwall, said: “Nick strongly believes we have a corporate social responsibility towards the environment to be zero- emissions by 2050 and fully supports the growing demand for sustainable green transport technology.

Barlow added: “We have seen an increase in demand for EV charging points in Cornwall over the past six months, with our sales having doubled and enquiries quadrupled.

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“It is great to see that many more consumers and businesses are embracing these emerging technologies and are looking for new ways to reduce rising fuel bills and reduce their carbon footprint.”

As OLEV approved, Mr. Electric franchisees ensure that electric vehicle chargepoints are installed safe and secure for its commercial and domestic customers. The company adds that it is also a trusted partner for EO Charging and Rolec, who both offer a comprehensive product range that is compatible with leading motor manufacturers’ EVs.

Source: Franchise World

Dream Doors Worcester team win franchise award

December 10, 2019

KITCHEN makeover specialists David and Kate Howle, who run Dream Doors Worcester, have been recognised for their outstanding work.

 
David and Kate were named Dream Doors’ Franchisee of the Year at the company’s recent annual conference.

David said: ‘We were really surprised and honoured to have won this award.

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“Everybody in our almost 100-strong national network of showrooms has done fantastic work in 2019, so to be recognised in the midst of such talent feels very special.”

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Kate added: “Dream Doors Worcester can reface your kitchen or fitted bedroom furniture and make it look brand new for a fraction of the cost of a full refit.

“Using our own local skilled fitters and top quality British made materials, wherever possible.

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“We have completed over 250 projects in 2019 and achieved a Checkatrade score of 9.8 out of 10.”

Source: Malvern Gazette

Commercial Drain Solution Franchise Brings the Heat to Homes, Businesses Across the Nation

December 9, 2019

EnviroLogik, the expert in eco-friendly commercial drain line and odor control solutions, has announced its expansion into the heating and air conditioning sector with the launch of its newest service EnviroHeat, an HVAC supplier that provides business and home owners with convenient heating and air services.

Continuing the brand’s eco-conscious mission, EnviroHeat is bringing green initiatives and cost saving solutions to a head through patented technology that allows business and home owners to utilize used cooking oil to generate power for heating and air conditioning purposes. EnviroHeat will be represented under its parent company EnviroLogik.

 
EnviroLogik was founded by serial entrepreneur and green business advocate, Aziz Tejpar, who first recognized the need for effective commercial drain solutions in the United Kingdom, where fatbergs – oil and grease buildups – are notorious for creating major blockages in city pipelines. Looking to solve this problem without hurting the environment further, Aziz invested in Environmental Biotech, a biomediation company headquartered in the U.S. What he started as an effort in the United Kingdom, became a global business venture. Just this past year, Tejpar, took Environmental Biotech’s 30-years of proven success and launched the concept in the United States under the name EnviroLogik. Now, with EnviroHeat joining the lineup, EnviroLogik is on its way to becoming a one-stop shop for eco-friendly maintenance services and solutions.

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“At EnviroLogik, our number one goal is to provide communities with eco-friendly solutions to major issues that could affect the health of businesses and those residing in the community,” said Aziz Tejpar, Founder of EnviroLogik. “By adding EnviroHeat, we are rising above that goal by providing quality services to a larger group of clients. The onboarding of this brand undoubtedly broadens our capabilities while bringing more profitability and opportunity for growth to our franchisees.”

The experts in fats, oil and grease (FOG), EnviroLogik franchisees will now be able to supply EnviroHeat’s patented burners, boilers and other products to offer customers a more well-rounded FOG solution. EnviroLogik and EnviroHeat act hand in hand by providing services that not only keep drains clear, but also improve the quality of function in a business, while reducing pollutants, complying with city regulations and cutting costs.

“At EnviroLogik, innovative and effective solutions are a staple, and we are excited to present customers with further cost saving and eco-friendly services,” said Ron Bender, VP of Franchising at EnviroLogik. “By increasing the variety of services EnviroLogik offers, and adding an entire new market to the list, we are expecting to have a big impact on both franchisees and municipalities across the nation.”

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Backed by years of experience in distribution and franchising in both the U.S. and the UK, EnviroLogik offers potential franchisees a unique opportunity to capitalize on a first-of-its-kind concept that has a massive demand and untapped market. The company is currently seeking qualified franchise partners with a passion for eco-friendly remedies and community involvement, who exhibit strong entrepreneurial skills and business acumen. The total investment range to own an EnviroLogik franchise is $100,000 – $250,000. With a flexible business model and modern administrative systems, EnviroLogik provides potential franchisees with a best-in-class business opportunity. Potential franchisees can expect to become cash-flow positive quickly, and have the opportunity to invest in additional territory when ready.

Source: PR  News Wire

Kitchen renovation company signs up for former carpet showroom

October 31, 2019

A kitchen renovation company has signed up as tenant for a 1,162 sq ft former carpet showroom in Newport. Nicholas and Catherine Bexter, have opened up a franchise of Dream Doors.

 
Nicholas Bexter was previously a kitchen fitter and was keen to turn his passion into a business with his wife Catherine, who specialises in design.

M4 Property Consultants completed the lease of the building to Nicholas and Catherine.

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Dan Smith, director of the commercial property agents, said: “The prominent location and layout of the building is ideal for a showroom. We received a good level of interest but choose Nicholas and Catherine who have a clear business plan and are backed by a national company who are expanding rapidly across the UK. We are delighted they have chosen this unit and wish the business every success.”

Catherine Bexter added: “Dream Doors Newport is a family run business and we intend to run it with great care and compassion for our customers personal needs.

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“The kitchen is the heart of every home. I love that we can do as little or as much as the customer would like and if they choose to have a makeover, they don’t even have to empty there cupboards.

“For me personally it was also a chance to be closer to my own family and come home to Wales where I was raised. We were delighted when we were offered Newport. We are really passionate about investing long term.

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“With our local experienced team and high levels of personal service, Nick and I will project manage the whole process from start to finish, priding ourselves on taking the stress out of the process for the customer.”

By Josh Morris

Source: Insider Media

Couple branch out in business with Wales first Mr Electric franchise

October 28, 2019

Abergavenny couple Michael Stewart and Tracy Yarnall have embarked on a new business enterprise by launching Wales’ first Mr Electric franchise.

Mr Electric, the UK’s leading electrical franchise brand, covering Newport, Abergavenny, Cwmbran, Pontypool and surrounds.

 
The new office is based in Abergavenny.

Michael and Tracy will be joined by one other fully qualified electrician, providing electrical solutions for homes and businesses in all aspects of electrical repair, installation and energy saving, including electric vehicle car-charging points.

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Prior to becoming new franchise owners, Michael spent eight years running a successful newsagents and Post Office in Cwmbran, while Tracy devoted her time to supporting struggling families during her four years of working for Barnardo’s. After taking the business as far as it could go, Michael decided he needed to set himself a new challenge by embarking on an exciting new business opportunity in the electrical industry, a venture Tracy was eager to join him in.

Not wanting to start a new business from scratch, Michael and Tracy began researching various franchise opportunities. They decided to make an investment in a future and recession proof sector with a well-known brand and was growing fast. Mr Electric fitted the bill, particularly as it was part of Neighbourly, the world’s largest franchisor of home service brands, with a franchise network of more than 3,700 franchisees worldwide.

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The couple said: “We initially looked at several other franchises but struggled to find a franchisor who made us feel confident that we would be fully supported to make our business as successful as possible. That is until we found Mr Electric.

“Not only do we know that we have the support of a dedicated team behind us who are always there to champion our success, we are now also part of a network of franchisees who share our passion for the brand. Joining Mr. Electric given us the opportunity to be a part of a very exciting industry, particularly with the rise of electric vehicles and chargepoints, which we’re thrilled to bring to our local community.”

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Mr Electric is a brand with expertise in electrical installation, maintenance and repair, providing a national service with local coverage. It is an authorised Office for Low Emission Vehicles installer of electric vehicle charging points with a network of franchised electrical businesses who install and manage EV charging points for homes, workplaces and public areas throughout the UK.

By Jo Barnes

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Refresh Renovations adds three franchisees

August 20, 2019

Three new franchisees have joined Refresh Renovations over the last three months, expanding the brand’s footprint into fresh territories.

Mark Zilm, general manager and director of Refresh Renovations Australia, said, “It’s fantastic to see new, great quality franchisees joining Refresh who I know will be great advocates for the brand with exceptional customer service. The other great thing is that all these new franchisees will be operating in territories that we aren’t covering now.”

 
From IT and finance to renovations franchise

Two couples who have already opened the doors to their franchises have made dramatic shifts from their previous careers. All four franchisees are enthusiastic home renovators who are eager to share their passion with other homeowners. In fact Scott and Narelle Narscott renovated their homes for profit, which has seen them move four times in the past six years.

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The Narscotts in July opened a Refresh Renovations franchise servicing Sydney suburbs such as Ryde, Parramatta, Baulkham Hills and Blacktown.

The pair had worked in the IT industry for 30 and 20 years respectively. Scott takes on the business and project manager role.

Jason and Michelle Zielinski had 25 years experience between them in the financial services and advisory sector. They set up a new franchise in Western Australia in May 2019. Their success is already being seen across the Inner City of Perth, as well as North East and North West of the capital.

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The third franchisee is set to open the latest franchise next month. Refresh Renovations is keeping the location a secret until the official launch date is announced.

Expansion will continue as the franchisor plans to grant another five new franchise territories before the end of 2019. Franchisees work from home, backed up by support from head office.

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Refresh Renovations has more than 45 franchise units operating across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

By Sarah Stowe

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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

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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