The latest NatWest survey showed the percentage of new franchisees who are female to have risen to 37%, up 20% since 2015. One franchise which is benefiting from more women entering the franchise industry is Oven Wizards.
Oven Wizards, one of the UK’s fastest growing franchises, is delighted to welcome two new female franchisees into what has been a predominately male-oriented industry.
Dele Aboderin bought Gloucestershire and Pippa Weir acquired the Sheffield South West territories in 2018.
Dele had done a lot of research into franchising before deciding upon Oven Wizards. The chance to run her own business doing something she enjoyed and being backed by an established brand, attracted Dele to Oven Wizards.
Pippa was looking to keep her job in nursing, a career she had loved doing for 40 years, and run her own business doing something totally different alongside it. She had never worked in franchising before, but after much research and understanding the pros of working with an established brand with ongoing training and support, she knew Oven Wizards was the right move for her. Oven Wizards stood out to her as it was an essential service and one that relied on excellent customer service skills, something that Pippa has plenty of.
Pippa said, "I'm getting booked up usually a week or two in advance and I’ve had a great start to 2019”.
Both are really enjoying being Oven Wizards franchisees.
John Graham, Managing Director of Oven Wizards said, “Oven Wizards has always welcomed women into its network but up until now has only been able to attract male franchisees. We are delighted that Dele and Pippa choose Oven Wizards and hope it opens the doors to more women wanting to join us. We are definitely a franchise for BOTH men AND Women.”
Oven Wizards are pleased to report continued growth in terms of the business they are delivering.
Business growth is up 16% in the last year, and a whopping 46% over the last two years in terms of the value of ovens being cleaned by Oven Wizards Franchisees. This compares very favourably with the increase of 14% seen in the Franchising sector over a similar period,as reported in the recent Nat West Survey, 2018.
Pippa Weir, who started an Oven Wizards Territory in South West Sheffield in 2018 said,” I'm getting booked up usually a week or two in advance and I’ve had a great start to 2019”.
Mark Abbott, Managing Director said, ”2018 was another great year for Oven Wizards, building on the success of the previous few years. We are continuing to recruit new Franchisees and were pleased that two ladies joined us in 2018, Dele Aboderin in Gloucestershire and Pippa Weir in Sheffield. We are thoroughly enjoying sharing our business ethos with our new franchisees and it is great to see them doing so well in their own territories.”
He went on to say “We are now firmly established as the 3rd largest oven cleaning Franchise in the UK, and with an initial Franchise Fee of still just £12,500, we believe we still offer the best value for money oven cleaning Franchise in the market.”
James Booker, Oven Wizards, Maidstone said “Yes, it has been another busy year for me and I expanded my business further by putting another van on the road in May”.
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Oven Wizards are pleased to report that one of their Franchisees has successfully realised his investment by selling his business.
Fanie van Zyl who owned and operated Oven Wizards Fleet and Farnborough said of his time with Oven Wizards
“I looked on several websites for an oven cleaning business and the first one I saw I went for an interview and demonstration. I was not very impressed with the explanation of the franchise and demonstration they gave me. I then made an appointment with Mark Abbott and John Graham at Oven Wizards and me and my wife went for an informal chat to see what the oven cleaning business was all about. We were very impressed from the start as they explained exactly to me what I could expect from an oven cleaning business. I would recommend if someone is buying a franchise you should make sure you meet the franchisors and get as much information as possible on what the franchise is all about.”
Fanie went on to say, “After the purchase of the Oven Wizards Franchise, I received my training and off I went, support was only a phone call away. My biggest challenge was to get fully booked and get good feedback from my customers. I was cleaning 3 ovens a day on a regular basis, which exceeded my expectations.”
With regards to the sale of his business Fanie said, “I decided to sell the business as we are moving back to Guernsey as my family and grandchildren are living there and we want to spend more time with them. The support from Mark and John from Oven Wizards was from day one very supportive. They helped me find my prospective buyer and they were only a phone call away when I needed any help.”
New Owner Mark Fitch is excited to put his stamp on the business, he says, “I’m looking forward to continuing Fanie’s hard work cleaning ovens in the Fleet and Farnborough Territory. I’m flat out at present, with lots of work, which is great for business and my fitness. A big thanks to Fanie for my initial training, I look forward to meeting other Wizards in the community next year.”
John Graham, Managing Director, Oven Wizards said “We have really enjoyed working with Fanie over the last few years, to help him launch and grow his Oven Wizards business in Fleet and Farnborough. He has now successfully sold his business to Mark Fitch, and we very much look forward to working with Mark to help him achieve his targets as he takes over the reins.”
The Annual Conference together with the Regional Meetings are a great Opportunity for Wizards to get together face to face to build relationships, share best practice and enjoy themselves in a relaxed atmosphere. The day included the business meeting in the afternoon and the social event with entertainment in the evening.
Clive Perrett who runs the Bristol North Territory said,” Many thanks to John and Mark for all the work you put in each year. The social side of the conference is improving rapidly. A great event, enjoyed by Pauline as well as myself.
Stephen Leaver, the Wizard in Tamworth said “Thanks for a great weekend, I got loads out of it. Fab Company, see you all next Year”
Subjects covered on the day included Operations, Sales and Service with the main focus being on Social Media, particularly Facebook with an engaging guest speaker.
Patrick Feerick from Bedfordshire said “Thank you both for this year’s conference. As always it was great to see you both and catch up on news from my “Fellow Wizards”. It was all most enjoyable and useful. both Jean and I enjoyed the meal, the evening and your hospitality immensely”.
Rob Coates from The New Forest said, “Thanks to John and Mark for a great Conference Just heading out for a 10 o'clock start at the beginning of a very busy week. (Probably top earner for me.)”
Pippa Weir a new Wizard from Sheffield said, “Really enjoyed the day meeting and getting new ideas from more experienced fellow Wizards”
Mark Abbott, Managing Director said “It was great to see all our Wizards getting together again, it’s really good to hear how well they are all doing in their chosen Territories”
He went on to say, “We had Wizards coming together from all over the UK. Whilst we are now getting good National coverage, we still have Territories available for the right sort of people”.
Colin Hadley, Oven Wizard in Hereford said,” Many thanks for the conference. Really enjoyable once again, got loads of great stuff to take back and use in my business”