Retired police officer’s roadmap to success with Dream Doors

October 14, 2020

Husband and wife team Jon and Hilary Brown, a retired police officer and dental hygienist respectively, found their roadmap to business success by joining the kitchen makeover company, Dream Doors.

The couple who launched their kitchen showroom in West Nottingham after Jon retired from his role with Leicestershire Police, share their experience, as Jon explains: “I’m very lucky to have achieved everything I wanted to achieve in the service and I was able to retire after serving for 30 years.

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“But the simple fact was that at 48 years old I was too young not to do something else. I had always done a lot of building renovation work in the past and I knew when I was retiring that was what I was going to do in my next role.

“I wanted to run a business where the offering was unique, and I kept coming back to this core idea of kitchen refurbishment work.

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“Hilary and I spent a lot of time looking at different franchises but we chose Dream Doors for the reason that you don’t buy into a business’s immediate success; you buy a roadmap and the tools you need to get you there.

“I felt Dream Doors offered the best roadmap and that was very appealing. Hilary and I wanted to do something for ourselves and we wanted to build a business that was financially successful. We’re not just selling kitchens; we’re solving kitchen problems.”

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Hilary, who was a dental hygienist for 30 years before joining the franchise, said: “For me joining Dream Doors helped us to get the home/work balance right. We’ve been following the business model religiously and we’ve really reaped the rewards of that.”

Dream Doors replaces kitchen doors, drawers and worktops to breathe new life into tired kitchens, as well as offering full kitchen refits. The company is currently looking to recruit further franchisees for its remaining UK territories.

Source: Franchise World

Shuttercraft nominated for major franchising award

August 5, 2020

Shuttercraft has been shortlisted in the Business Transformation category at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on November 30.

Shuttercraft is a business that imports and sells products via the brand S:CRAFT to both trade partners and franchise partners across the UK. The products sold are Plantation Shutters and Blinds. The franchises across the UK provide a survey, supply and fit service and only sell S:CRAFT products to their customers. Shuttercraft generates the leads for its franchises centrally – supported by local advertising.

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“The team have worked so hard this last 18 months, pushing boundaries, stepping out of their comfort zones, and striving for change in order to provide the very best service to and for our network. Being shortlisted for the Business Transformation award, amongst such fantastic other entries, has been a massive recognition of the team’s dedication to the development of the franchise. We are genuinely rather overwhelmed to have reached this stage,” said Lisa Stead, Franchise Manager at Shuttercraft.

The awards evening is the flagship event in the franchising calendar and getting a nomination in itself is an achievement, proving the business works ethically and in the best interests of franchisees and staff, beating many other franchise systems who also entered.

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Pip Wilkins QFP, CEO of the British Franchising Association, congratulated the shutters and blinds company:

“The transformation of this business sits in its franchise type, with a clear shift from an operator van franchise to a managerial franchise model. Formerly, it was very difficult for franchisees to successfully scale up the business. Since the new model was launched, 12 new franchisees have joined the network and feedback shows that the change has transformed the business.”

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Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising, HSBC, said:

“In order to change the franchise structure, the entire model was overhauled. There is now more focus on bespoke technology, an increase in marketing, a larger head office and more opportunities to engage as a network. These are just some of the changes in the past two years.”

Shuttercraft will go head-to-head against two other franchise systems in November.

By Martin Stone

Source: BDaily

Oltco Colchester helps recycle 30 million plastic straws

April 20, 2020

ECO-CONSCIOUS home improvers in Colchester have helped recycle the equivalent of 30 million plastic straws… by having their driveways resurfaced.

Oltco Colchester has been leading the way in the implementation of the firm’s Recycle Bound technology, which uses waste plastic to create brand-spanking new resin driveways for customers up and down the country.

Since the technology launched a year ago, it has recycled the equivalent of 30 million plastic straws nationwide.

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Liam Dorian launched the Colchester franchise of the firm last summer and has since installed the technology for customers in Colchester and Tendring.

He said: “Recycle Bound has been hugely successful and we are grateful for all the individuals, and companies based in Colchester, who have come on board in a bid to help us tackle the global issue of plastic waste.

“We are proud to have already installed Recycle Bound in areas including Colchester, Tiptree and Clacton.”

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The Recycle Bound product took two years to develop and uses the equivalent of 3,000 plastic straws over each square metre of driveway, meaning on a standard 50 square metre drive, the equivalent of 150,000 plastic straws would be recycled in the process.

It is already winning serious praise in the environmentally-friendly business world, including being named runner up for Recycled Product of the Year in the National Recycling Awards.

Commercial firms are now taking notice and it has been used on large scale projects such as hotels and visitor attractions across the country.

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Tom Stringer, Oltco’s co-director, said: “We have been thrilled by the response to Recycle Bound.

“Every member of our team has fully embraced it and it has proved hugely popular with our customers, both residential and commercial.

“The number of customers who are asking for it to be used on their driveways, patios and paths is growing all the time.”

He added: “It is a totally awesome product which is hard wearing and will last for years and helps rid the world of some of the plastic waste.”

By Robbie Bryson

Source: Essex County Standard

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

Source: Free Press Series

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

Source: Franchise Business