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A Kleerly successful start

of Optic-Kleer

Laurence has been a franchisee with Optic-Kleer since 2015. He operates his franchise in around the areas of Swindon, Newbury, Marlborough and Oxford. Previously, Laurence worked for many years as a parts manager for a well- known German car manufacturer.


Interview with German Doner Kebab (GDK) multi-unit franchisee Gavin Sahota

Franchisee Gavin Sahota of German Doner Kebab

Gavin Sahota is the current owner of 7 GDK restaurants.  Having worked his way up the career ladder at Domino’s Pizza, Gavin understands franchising and what makes an exciting brand and scaleable franchise opportunity. And so, when he started to hear good things about GDK, he decided to visit the stores and try the products, to see first-hand why everyone was talking about GDK.  Hugely impressed with the concept, he decided to take his interest further. Gavin launched his first restaurant in 2019. He now plans to add to his 7 stores, securing his future with GDK.  Read Gavin’s story.


Interview with Minuteman Press Southampton franchisee

Franchisee Duncan Parker of Minuteman Press

Duncan Parker is the owner of the Minuteman Press printing and marketing franchise in Hedge End, Southampton. He started franchising with Minuteman Press in August 2021 and shares his insights on running the business, operating as an essential business during the pandemic, why he chose Minuteman Press, and what advice he would give to other aspiring franchisees.


Business Doctors ‘leading the way’ in leadership after recent award success

of Business Doctors

Business Doctors are finishing 2021 in style after bringing home the BFA HSBC award for Leadership & Culture at this year’s ceremony. The prize was contended by a host of worthy entries, but it was Business Doctors who successfully secured the accolade after their incredible efforts throughout 2021.


Meet Steph, Founder of Lingotot Solihull and Lingotot's Newest Member

Franchisee Steph of Lingotot

We have been catching up with Lingotot's newest franchise partner, Steph. Steph recently founded Lingotot Solihull - watch this space for new classes in her area!


Pillow Partners franchisees start business during Covid...and continue to thrive

Franchisee Naomi Turrell & Leanne Penn of Pillow Partners

Furloughed during Covid gave Naomi Turrell the time and inspiration to start looking at options for being her own boss.  She decided she wanted to use her own experience in hospitality and property management to start a business looking after people’s holiday homes.  Whilst initially planning to do it herself, the research led to Pillow Partners. The brand and concept of being part of a franchise had instant appeal.  Leanne Penn initially was helping Naomi with the admin side of her business but seeing how successful it was becoming, gave her the push to look at joining the franchise too.  They both now run adjoining territories together as partners.


Mum of 3 juggles running her own business alongside family life...and loves it!

Franchisee Nicki Dack of Mini Athletics

Nicki Dack, busy mum of 3, started her Mini Athletics franchise in 2019.  Previously working for another children’s sport franchise, Nicki found a love for working with children and a desire to run her own business. After much research, Nicki came across Mini Athletics and realised it was the franchise for her.  She now runs Mini Athletics Southampton and Eastleigh alongside her busy family life, and loves it!


I wanted a resale with Chemex franchising

Franchisee Matt Proud of Chemex

Having worked for many years in ancillary sales Matt Proud realised that the time had come to run his own business. It quickly became obvious to him that Chemex as a leading supplier of cleaning and hygiene products blended perfectly with his original business ideas and at the same time expanded the opportunity that he could see in the region.


Starting a business in a pandemic

Franchisee Martin Winfield of Chemex

Little did Martin Winfield know that when he decided to start is own business, a pandemic was just round the corner!  Fed up with the long commutes, Martin had decided the time was right to start his own business and take control of his life.


From employee to franchisee

Franchisee Simon White of Autoglym

Based in Cornwall, Simon White & Co, covers both Cornwall and Plymouth. Simon was an employee of Autoglym until 1988 when he made the leap to Sales Specialist and decided to take on his own franchise. He has one mobile showroom, two people in the business and works alongside his wife.


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