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Interview with Steven and Estelle Sykes, Ovenclean, Barnsley


Steven and Estelle Sykes launched their Ovenclean franchise in June in 2015 in the Barnsley area. Both Steven and Estelle held great jobs and were successful in their careers, but they wanted a better work life balance - something that they could achieve through owning an Ovenclean franchise. Although they have faced some challenges along the way, 18 months on Steven and Estelle are thoroughly enjoying the benefits of owning their own business and are seeing huge demand for their service! read more

Why Franchise in Yorkshire?

National transport and recruitment franchise, Driver Hire, is based in West Yorkshire. Graham Duckworth is Franchise Sales director.

Economically strong, Yorkshire's 'broad acres' are home to a population of 6m people - matching that of the whole of Scotland. Annually, economic output is worth 88bn, that's 7% of the UK's total. The Financial Times recently reported that more high growth companies are being created in Leeds than in London. In 2015 the region had the highest jobs growth in the whole of the UK.

One of Yorkshire's strengths is in its diversity. Leeds offers financial services, Sheffield is one of the UK's leading manufacturing centres. Hull - a major port -- is seeing renewable energy and healthcare technologies boost its local economy. Yorkshire's tourist industry is worth a further 7m per annum - with the jobs to go along with it.

Figures from the bfa show that 52% of the UK's 901 franchisors have a presence in Yorkshire & Humberside. That amounts to around 2,650 franchise-owned businesses operating in the area. In 2015 their combined turnover was 0.9bn - creating work for over 33,000 people.

So whatever franchise you're looking at, Yorkshire is a great place to do it. And, as the figures show, there are plenty of others who agree.

Featured Franchise of the Week

Founded in 1988, Stagecoach is one of the UK’s leading franchise businesses offering part-time performing arts schools for 4 - 18 year olds. If you have a passion for the arts and love working with children, then Stagecoach could be for you. You would benefit from the unique opportunity of working with children and promoting confidence through performing arts.
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