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Scotland franchisee case studies archive

Interview with Founders of Little Dreams Consulting Franchise


UK-based sleep consultants Little Dreams Consulting Ltd have launched a franchise which means more families can get help to ensure they get a better night’s sleep!  Their advice has been featured in the Times, Telegraph, ITV regional news, BBC radio, podcasts and in several local papers, and has also resulted in them winning numerous awards - it has been a busy few years for the company!   We spoke to founders Jenna Wilson and Fay Smith to find out more about their franchise journey


Established children's computer business for sale in SE Scotland


Lynne Kerr is the South East Scotland franchisee for ComputerXplorers, an established and well-respected children’s computing franchise that Lynne has been running successfully since 2009. Lynne is now looking to sell her business, “I have run the business for over 12 years now and feel it’s time to take on a new challenge. I started the business when my youngest was 9 months old. She is now 13 years old and at High School!”

This is a fantastic opportunity to secure a low cost, lifestyle-based business with a steady income stream in a rapidly growing market. 


Buying a franchise was life changing for me - the best career decision I ever made!


Paul Clarke was delighted to find a business that allowed him to utilise the skills he had gained during a 30 year career in finance. Paul opened his UK Business Mentoring franchise in Manchester in 2017.  “I always had a desire to run my own business but wanted a framework and support mechanism to ensure success. Mentoring business owners is a priviledge and allows me to utilise all the skills and technical knowledge I have gained whilst supporting owners to achieve their full potential. UKBM were clearly the best I looked at and I did look at many.”


Meet Pia one of our newest franchisees


Pia Modha is one of the latest franchisees to join The Christmas Decorators, covering the North London area. Before starting with The Christmas Decorators, Pia worked in events for the City of London Corporation following her time at university studying International Business. “As both a creative and business minded individual, The Christmas Decorators seemed to be a perfect fit. The attraction of earning enough money between September and January and then using the rest of the year to grow the business for the following year interested me.”


Husband and wife team is perfect combination for running a Home Instead franchise


Judy and Will Clay are active members of the Home Instead network and a very integral part of their local community in Kendal, Cumbria.  Realising she wanted to step away from the corporate world, Judy began working as a house manager at a retirement development for older people, where she learnt about Home Instead and the exceptional care they provide.   “As we shared the ethos of the company, this sparked our interest, we realised that we wanted to become Home Instead franchise owners. As husband and wife team with strengths in both business management and care, we work well together and feel this makes a perfect combination to run a home care franchise.” 


New TRIB3 franchisee talks about his journey so far


Thomas Hampton has only been opened a month but already knows that becoming a TRIB3 owner is one of the best decisions he has ever made.  Fed up with corporate life, Thomas was keen to do something more entrepreneurial.  After falling in love with HIIT training, he decided he wanted to start his own fitness studio.  However, without the necessary skills and experience, he soon realised he couldn’t do it alone. Turning to franchising, Thomas soon came across TRIB3, which was everything he had wanted and visioned in a gym – including essential support before he had even opened his doors! Thomas opened his TRIB3 Southampton in January 2022.


Interview with award-winning Bluebird Care franchisees


Kevin and Tracey McCormack, Bluebird Care Franchise owners for over a decade talk in more detail about what it is really like to “own a franchise” following being announced finalists of 3 prestigious awards last year.


Interview with Favorite Chicken & Ribs franchisee Michelle Yogarajah


2022 sees Michelle Yogarajah celebrate her 10th anniversary as a Favorite Chicken franchisee. Michelle bought over an existing Favorite store in Rayleigh, Essex.  They have benefited from being part of a well-known brand and from the support and training they have received. Despite being hands on, Michelle still gets to spend quality time with her family. They are currently looking to open a second store.


Bek's Secure Franchising Investment with a "Big Fish"


Bek’s are delighted to announce Dean Haynes from CGOL Restaurants Ltd as their first ever franchisee. This will mean that Bek’s plan to open a second store in spring in a location yet to be announced as we are finalising planning.


Celebrating 20 years with ChipsAway!


Spending long periods of time working for other people can lead many to want to start their own business. Some feel destined to be entrepreneurs, in control of their own workload and driven to achieve success. This is the case for Arran Benstead. Having spent some time working at a brake linings factory following university, he was in no doubt that his future involved working for himself. 20 years later, he’s never looked back.


Anytime Fitness multi-unit franchisee achieves success with diversified franchise portfolio


Raj Hasib is the perfect example of the success that can be achieved by diversifying a franchise portfolio into health and fitness. Having initially owned hospitality franchises and becoming disillusioned with ever-decreasing profit margins, he now successfully operates two Anytime Fitness health clubs and is making both a healthy living and a healthy difference in Headington and Daventry.


Anytime Fitness is the perfect model for scalability


Alongside his father Steve, Connor Thorne is a young, ambitious entrepreneur who is breaking new ground for Anytime Fitness UK. Having taken the brand to two new territories of Jersey and Guernsey in 2021, he now successfully operates 4 high-performing clubs and is enjoying significant success as a multi-site operator. “We knew that there’d be scalability with Anytime Fitness.  Once you get the first one right with the right formula, there’s no reason why you can’t improve it and roll it into the next one and so on.”


Davina's 5 year' Daisy Business Growing from Strength to Strength


From corporate hospitality to business owner, Davina is celebrating her 5th successful year running a Driving Miss Daisy Franchise in Kingswinford, nr Dudley. A REAL PEOPLE PERSON and keen snooker player, Davina describes herself as gregarious and enjoys a good chat! This has helped her win the hearts of the residents in her local community resulting in an excellent reputation and the go to provider for transportation and companionship services.


Sports Legend to Community Hero!


Stevie Lyle, dad of 2 boys and a 3rd due soon, is literally one in a million representing Wales and GB for over 23 years at the highest level of Ice Hockey - a sport not for the faint hearted!  HOLDING 83 CAPS FOR GREAT BRITAIN, he is the most capped Ice Hockey player the country has ever had and aged 17 he became the Junior Welsh Sports Personality of the Year too. Stevie is now the Driving Miss Daisy franchisee for Cardiff. 


Q&A with Mike Cruz – Optic-Kleer Franchisee since 2012


Mike has been a franchisee with Optic-Kleer since 2012. He operates his franchise in Lincolnshire, in and around the areas of Boston, Spalding, Sleaford and Skegness. Mike has had many years of experience repairing windscreens, as previously he worked for another windscreen repair company.


An optimistic Optic-Kleer future


Julian Rolfe is no stranger to running his own business. The avid sports fan and savvy businessman, who sold his share of a previous business two years ago, acquired the Oxfordshire Optic-Kleer territory in early 2021. As someone who has real passion for business, but equally loves spending time with his family, the work-life balance available with the Optic-Kleer franchise was exactly what Julian had been looking for.


Interview with Andrea White, multi-unit Razzamataz operator


Andrea White has been the Principal of Razzamataz Bognor since 2014 and has just opened Razzamataz Horsham. “I needed a kickstart. I knew how slowly it takes to build an independent school, so I looked at the franchise route and Razzamataz was the most appealing.”


Interview with TRIB3 Manchester franchisee Katie Kopka


Katie Kopka opened the doors to her TRIB3 boutique gym in Manchester in November. Katie is a great example of someone who decided to look outside the box and use the advantage of franchising allowing you to enter an industry you have no previous experience in. Katie decided to focus on her passion for fitness and it was an off chance reading an article in The Guardian about boutique gyms that she came across TRIB3. And liking what she read, she called them immediately.  Katie talks to us about opening after a pandemic, the support she received, the challenges to date and what she would do differently, finding the right people to work with you and her plans to open her second gym. 


A Kleerly successful start


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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!


Buying a Chemex resale was a "no brainer"


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


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


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.


Experienced business owners with a passion for all things automotive


GBR Autocare was founded by Autoglym Sales Specialists Sam Wray and Rick Gerard, two experienced business owners with a passion for all things automotive and every Autoglym product. Having both used Autoglym separately for over 25 years in both a personal and professional capacity, the opportunity to combine forces and become part of the Autoglym Franchise family arose and it was not to be missed.


Motor enthusiast has been part of Autoglym for 24 years


 Based in Marlborough, Wiltshire, Philip Marsh & Co cover Bristol, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and East Dorset. A proud Marlburian born and bred, Sales Specialist Philip and his right hand man Phil Kearley, head out in their mobile showrooms each day to serve the good people of their district.


Dedicated support helped Paul Mitchell build a multi-van operation


Autoglym Sales Specialist Paul Mitchell heads up the team at Premium Autocare. Covering a large area, it will come as no surprise that Paul operates a number of vans with support behind the scenes too. The franchise was not always this large though, and it was through hard work and determination that Paul and the team are where they are today.


Member of the Autoglym family since 1999


Based in Devon, Ian Stainton & Co cover East Devon, parts of Somerset and Dorset. Autoglym Sales Specialist Ian has been a member of the Autoglym family since 1999 and like several other franchisees was first introduced to the brand working in a previous business.


Trusted brand name led Branson Poyner to Autoglym


Autoglym Sales Specialist Branson Poyner already had experience working with Autoglym at BMW and Volvo before he decided to establish his own Autoglym franchise in the West Midlands over 20 years ago.


Experienced franchising expert finding success as a Minuteman Press franchisee


Philip Milburn is the owner of the Minuteman Press printing and marketing franchise in Norwich. Philip has great experience in franchising including growing his own franchise business to 58 franchisees, working for one of the largest franchise service brands in the world, and helping HomeServ expand their gas business franchise network. Daunted with all the travelling, Philip decided to look at opportunities closer to home.  Buying a franchise was the obvious choice and with experience in printing, he started researching opportunities.  Minuteman Press stood out and after much research he opened his Minuteman Press franchise in 2018.  


When it comes to plans for the future, I can’t wait to grow the business


With over 30 years of commercial management experience in a family furniture manufacturing company, Andrew Mitchell was lucky to bring many logistical and organisational skills to his OSCAR business. Learn about Andrew's journey and the advice he would give to somebody looking at a new OSCAR franchise opportunity...


Key to success for WPA franchisee is longevity


Claire Amos had worked in health insurance most of her working life.  When she joined WPA in 1994, the company hadn’t started franchising and so with no fixed territory, she had to build a portfolio of clients from scratch. Fast forward 27 years, and Claire is as excited to be part of WPA now as she was then. 


Read Our Q & A With Monica, Founder of Lingotot South Havering


We’ve been catching up with Monica who founded Lingotot South Havering in February of 2021. Lingotot South Havering offer a number of interactive language classes for numerous ages. You can find out more about them and what services they offer here.


Making a career out of doing something you love


When Matthew Preston decided he wanted to go into business for himself, he decided he wanted to start a business doing something he loved, photography. “It is difficult to explain the difference between getting up in the morning and going to work because you have to and doing it because you want to, but that has been the reality of the past three years for me. In all honesty, my only regret in not doing it much sooner as the last three years have been the best of my working life.”


Redundancy creates new opportunity for Ovenclean franchisee


The Coronavirus pandemic saw swathes of people furloughed and, later, made redundant from their job roles. Many had been in the same career for decades and knew nothing else, so quickly had to find an alternative opportunity. For Kevin, being made redundant offered the chance to change his lifestyle and achieve greater job satisfaction, with an Ovenclean franchise.


Lockdown easier to manage due to being part of an established franchise network


Having only launched their business in January 2020, Mark and Daisie Griffiths didn’t have much time to build the business before Covid-19 hit. Thanks to being part of the Franchise Brands network, the pair were safe in the knowledge their jobs were safe when restrictions came into place.


New career path leads to Ovenclean


A previously uninspiring job role which focused on negative customer experiences left Pam unhappy in her career. Her supportive husband, who recognised how fantastic she was at working with the public, encouraged her to seek a new path. Together, they researched franchise opportunities and came across Ovenclean. Now, she’s happier than ever before.


Turning trauma into triumph


After almost two decades dedicating his passion to the NHS, James Rimmer launched his Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) franchise in April 2021. Following the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, James went through his very own challenges and was presented with the opportunity to set his sights on something new. Combining his wealth of knowledge with a fresh perspective on the direction of his career, ERA piqued his interest.


Scotland’s biggest Jo Jingles franchisee wins industry honour


Owning a pre-school music, singing and movement class business has kept Leigh Duke on her toes for 14 years - and because she’s always kept a step ahead of the competition, she’s just won the Great British Franchisee Award, too.


Turning trauma into triumph with ActionCOACH


In 2013, as Cassandra Bodington attempted to run her sandwich shop from a hospital bed, she realised things had to change. When she was well enough to get back to business, two goals were set: getting the business to a point where it could operate without her and, when it reached that point, ensuring other business owners didn’t have to go through the same stress. 


Meet Nikki and Niamh:TRIB3 Ireland Area Development Partners


Nikki Dempsey and Niamh McCreery, our new multi-unit franchise partners, have exclusive territory rights to Ireland with an eight-site development deal. They joined the TRIB3 family earlier this year, supported by their partners who have a wealth of experience in the fitness market. We are thrilled to partner with them to bring the TRIB3 experience to Ireland, with their first store opening in Q4 2021.


ChipsAway's youngest franchisee joins network during the pandemic and hasn't looked back


As an entrepreneurial student, Brandon Akerman was unsure where his path would take him when he finished university in the midst of a pandemic, in June 2020. Looking for the perfect balance between self-employment and a ready-made business portfolio, Brandon was encouraged to consider a role with ChipsAway by his dad.


Six months on as a franchisee - Neil Grainger's franchise journey


Greensleeves’ 100th Franchisee Neil Grainger has just completed his first six months with the lawncare company. Since investing with the franchise and launching in the fabulous coastal town of Bournemouth, Neil’s business has gone from strength to strength and is already treating the lawns of 132 customers.



In order to maintain brand integrity, we carefully select the franchise partners who are to join our brand by inviting prospective business owners to an interview with our ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Brand Leader, Guy Strang.


“Being part of a franchise network is the best of both worlds"


Hannah Campbell joined TaxAssist Accountants in 2014 when she was 24. Here she shares her inspiring journey working her way up from Assistant Practice Manager to Franchisee, operating in Dalkeith, Leith, Fairmilehead and Musselburgh in Scotland, all before the age of 30.


"The guidance and help through the pandemic has been priceless."


For Kully Sahota, working for himself had always been his dream, and franchising offered the safety net he was looking for to reduce the risk of business failure.


"I watched the company grow from strength to strength"


Russell Chapman had extensive accounting experience with several large high street banks and accountants before deciding the time was right to establish his own TaxAssist practice.


Franchisee comes out of retirement after impressive discovery day


Paul Simpson was so impressed when he attended a Discovery Day that he decided to come out of retirement and set himself one further challenge before retiring fully. Paul had a successful career in financial services as a banker, IFA and Estate Planner spanning over 35 years, before selling his business in 2019.


Business Doctors' ability to make businesses better wins award


Helping small business owners find the most lucrative path to success has turned out to be the route to recognition for Wicus Van Biljon in the Great British Franchisee Awards. “What a client wants is not necessarily what he needs,” says Wicus, whose background in accountancy helps him get to the nitty-gritty when analysing clients’ businesses and prospects.


Chipsaway owner's shining example earns him a Great British Franchisee Award


As a soldier, Andrew Darby knew how to keep his body in shape - and he’s spent 21 years in Civvy Street keeping other people’s car bodies in shape so successfully that he’s just won a Great British Franchisee Award. The owner of ChipsAway in Cambridge and Huntingdon has built up his business from a single mobile man-and-van operation to three, added new territories to his original franchise area, and opened a car care centre as well as an accident repair centre, creating jobs as well as greater profits.


Red carpet treatment for award-winning Servicemaster franchisee Siva


Is there anyone on the planet who didn’t think Siva Kugathas would win the Great British Franchisee Award? The owner of ServiceMaster in Guildford has transformed lives, raised standards, pushed envelopes, inspired others, and indulged in some serious philanthropy - as well as taking the annual turnover from £100,000 to more than £2 million in just four years.


If the other man's grass really is greener, blame award-winning Jonathan Bell


Lawn-care expert Jonathan Bell hasn’t been letting the grass grow under his feet despite the pandemic - and his constant nurturing of the business has won him a major award. Jonathan, owner of TruGreen in Downlands, Newbury, is one of the first recipients of the prestigious Great British Franchisee Awards.


Merry Maids boss cleans up in Great British Franchisee Awards


Impeccable service and crisis management come naturally to Gary Rolfe, so it’s hardly surprising that the owner of Merry Maids in Kingston-Upon Thames has won a major award in the middle of a pandemic. Despite everything that lockdowns, social distancing, and ever-changing regulations could throw at him, the cleaning company boss has emerged as one of the first recipients of the prestigious Great British Franchisee Award.


Award is crowning achievement for Stuart - king of the couriers!


Think of everything that’s ever irritated you about couriers, and then forget it. There is one out there who’s really, genuinely concerned about giving the customer-service we all dream of - and that’s why he’s just won the Great British Franchisee Award. Stuart Vant, owner of the InXpress franchise in Cambridgeshire, calls it going the extra mile - and he and his staff do, literally, if it means they can avoid letting a recipient down.


How Covid forced a franchisee to become even more successful


Necessity is the mother of invention - and Emma Winterbourne, a young mum herself, has won a prestigious award for being the very embodiment of that spirit of survival. Emma, owner of The Creation Station in Thame and Aylesbury, found her entire business model undermined by the Covid crisis, with no chance of delivering face-to-face crafts lessons and parties during lockdown.


Nigel and Sally Bragg OSCAR Pet Foods Bridport


“As fate would have it, our decision to take on an OSCAR re-sale business coincided with Covid-19 and we found ourselves launching our franchise during lockdown!"


New franchisees at Peterborough recruitment business


Driver Hire Peterborough has new owners, husband and wife team, Brian and Lin Kilroe. They’ve bought the business from long-standing franchisee, Ged Sanderson. “We had some money to invest in the UK and were looking for a new challenge. We visited several Driver Hire offices across the UK and concluded that it is a fantastic, well structured business with a strong brand within the industry.”


A day in the life of an Access4Lofts Franchisee


Here’s your chance to get an exclusive look ‘under the bonnet’ of the Access4Lofts franchise opportunity.


Billy Makepeace - Access4Lofts Franchisee, Eastbourne


After leaving his career of 19 in the construction industry as a quantity surveyor, Billy Makepeace wanted to give running his own business a try. Billy heard about Access4Lofts through a friend and spent a few days with an existing franchisee to really understand the trade before taking the steps to owning his own franchise. Learn more about Billy's transition to running his own business...


From the minute I made the call to the franchisor everything was simple and transparent


Having always wanted to run his own business John Ioneasa started to search for a franchise and came across Access4Lofts. After doing some due diligence, John got in touch with Access4Lofts and the rest as they say is history.


Frustration in corporate life led Anne Williams to start her journey in Franchising with UKBM


Anne Williams journey from franchising to running her own business started with an itch.

The itch was a sense of frustration in her previous role in corporate life. For years she had thought ‘There must be something else for me’, something that would give her satisfaction and a sense of purpose.

Here’s how Anne scratched that itch….


Redundancy in late 50's is best thing to have happened!


UK Business Mentoring franchisee jim Gorrie talks about how redundancy pushed him into starting a new career in his late 50's. "I still remember the day, place and time I got told my services were no longer required. I remember the shock, the anger, the feeling of loss - after forty years in the corporate world (thirty-five years with one organisation and nearly five with another) I was being cast aside. On reflection I know this wasn’t the case, but I am only human, and I can still recall the irrational range of thoughts and emotions running through my head. As it turned out, it was one of the best things that has happened to me."  


Children's computing franchise for sale in South East Scotland


Looking for a better work / life balance and to be doing something she was passionate about, education and technology, led Lynne Kerr to ComputerXplorers.  Lynne has been running her ComputerXplorers children’s computing franchise in South East Scotland since 2009.  Now over 12 years later, Lynn is looking to sell her established business. Find out about Lynne’s journey with ComputerXplorers and why it is a great opportunity for anyone looking to secure a low cost, lifestyle-based business with a steady income stream in a rapidly growing market.


Embracing education with open arms


From a young age, Ash Obhrai had been surrounded by educators. With his father as a GCSE Maths examiner, mother as an A-Level Art & Design teacher and aunt as a successful primary school teacher, it was only a matter of time before he too would venture into academia. After working as a tutor alongside his corporate career for 15 years, he decided to turn the tables and launch his own Tutor Doctor business in 2017.


The Ingredients for a Great Business and a Happy Family


As the COVID-19 pandemic did for many people, it forced Fiaz Sadiq to reconsider his priorities. After many years working 16-hour days and spending long periods away from his family, launching his ActionCOACH franchise in Chesterfield changed that almost overnight. Within six months, Fiaz’s ActionCOACH business was already generating a monthly income of over £11,000 and delivering even more satisfaction than he could ever have hoped for. 


Valerie purchased her first HMO in 2015 and has built a portfolio of 7 properties


Armed with integrity and belief in herself, Valerie has gone on to build a portfolio of seven HMOs with Platinum. ‘You have to be super rich to invest in property through a franchise like Platinum’. It’s a misconception we hear all the time – and one Valerie Highton’s inspirational story proves is simply not true.


Before Joining PPP, Faith Staniforth knew little about property - now she's approaching her 5th HMO!


Faith knew nothing about property before joining Platinum – now she's closing in on her fifth HMO!


Platinum Property Partner franchisee eyeing third HMO property


After joining Platinum at the start of the pandemic, Dominic is already eyeing his third HMO property


My TAB Franchise Story: Helen Mill (Aberdeenshire-East)


Helen Mill talks about what drew her to become a franchisee with TAB. Based in Aberdeenshire, the proactive TAB team have not disappointed Helen in helping her franchise grow. Learn how Helen is stating one step ahead of the game with TAB...


Not only did we earn back our initial investment in our first year but we did it twice!


Charisnack Perth is run by a group of 4 family and friends from Poland and Hungary. Tibor Gorbics tells us their story. “We became a ChariSnack franchisee in February 2020. Our situation was unique in that we started our business just before the first lockdown in 2020!  We were not sure at that time if we would still be in business by now. We have however seen growth and it is just the beginning of 2021! We are the living proof that Charisnack is a tried and tested business model and is truly “bulletproof’’.   


Cafe2U the obvious choice for a hospitality manager


With financial support from family, Alan Fulton was able to get back in control of his work life and set up his Cafe2U franchise in Aberdeen South in August 2014. When he decided to start looking for a business Alan was no stranger to franchising as his father had bought a Chips Away franchise previously. However, he was looking for a beverage based franchise so he could utilise his previous experience but without the unsociable hours, therefore, Cafe2U seemed the perfect option for him.


energie Fitness franchisee in Scotland aims to become multi-unit operator


Chris Allen is energie Fitness’ franchisee for Cambuslang.  Having been involved in franchising since he was 17, Chris was no stranger to the benefits of a good franchise system.  Looking for a new challenge but still in franchising, Chris decided to explore the gym franchise industry.  After researching many opportunities, Chris was swayed towards energie and after meeting with energie’s Franchise Development Manager for Scotland, he knew it was the perfect fit for him.


Rugbytots offers work life balance


Laura Muir had a career in sales before taking the plunge and buying a franchise.  Wanting a career that fitted around her family, Laura started to look at the options available to her.  As her son attended Rugbytots, Laura knew the benefits of the classes for children and, aware of the lack of classes for younger children, Laura was keen to find out more.  In March 2016, Laura bought the Midlothian Rugbytots franchise.


Merry Maids franchise Inverness goes from strength to strength


Bill purchased his Merry Maids license at the end of 2007 and began trading, in what was virgin territory, in January 2008. He has since then built his business up to be the third largest, by way of turnover, Merry Maids business in UK. During 2015, the territory was split and the eastern area, Merry Maids of Moray sold to a new franchisee. Bill was awarded UK Merry Maids franchisee of the year in 2015 and was provided with an expenses paid trip to the USA Merry Maids conference that year. Merry Maids of Inverness & East Highlands continues to grow at double digit rates year on year.


A passion for restoration lead Kirk to Furniture Medic Glasgow


Kirk Grannell has been Furniture Medic for Glasgow since 2016.  Though Kirk’s background is mainly management, he’s always had an interest in restoring and repairing items. Kirk was aware of franchising and the benefits of buying into an established business, and so when they opportunity to buy an existing Furniture Medic franchise came up, Kirk jumped at the chance to find out more.


Aspray franchisee makes a difference in his local community


Customer focused franchisee, John Strange, explains how purchasing an Aspray franchise (a property damage claims management company) has given him the opportunity to make a difference within his local community in Glasgow, whilst building a successful and profitable business he and his family can be proud of.  “I can honestly say I love every day and I am now financially secure. I have built up a very successful franchise and I take great pride in helping people.” John loves his business so much that he is looking to purchase another territory within the next 12 to 18 months.


From Vodafone employee to Vodafone partner


Scott Christie has spent the past 20 years working for Vodafone, from sales advisor to senior store manager, so when the opportunity arose to become a Vodafone partner, Scott new it was the next sensible step for him. Scott took over the running of three existing Vodafone stores in Edinburgh, Livingston and Stirling.


Home Instead multi-unit franchisees going from strength to strength


Suhail and Tasnim Rehman are a glowing example of how to build a successful franchise business. In fact, the couple haven’t built just one franchise but three, having successfully decided to centralise some key functions, such as finance, recruitment and training. Meanwhile, each franchise has been able to focus on providing a local service of tailored care and companionship. The couple are continuing their expansion plans in the future.


Former accountant finds perfect fit with Rugbytots


Before becoming the master franchisee in Scotland for Rugbytots, Kirsty McWilliams had spent her career as an accountant and then in Business Recover.  Looking for a new career opportunity that fitted around her family, Kirsty came across Rugbytots by chance whilst looking for classes for her son to attend.  Identifying a gap in Scotland for a rugby specific play programme, Kirsty was keen to find out more about Rugbytots. Kirsty became the master franchisee for Scotland in 2008.  She is responsible for growing the brand across Scotland.  They have recruited 8 franchisees over the past 3 years; finding the right people is more important for Kirsty than growing fast but she hopes by 2022 that Rugbytots will be in as many towns and cities in Scotland as possible.


Minuteman Press Ayr is a true family business

minuteman_jeff2.jpg Jeff and Lise Whittle have been running their Minuteman Press franchise in Ayr for 10 years.  Before joining Minuteman Press, Jeff worked in mechanical engineering and Lise as a jewellery designer and latterly after returning to work from maternity leave, as a teaching assistant. Having always considered being his own boss, Jeff decided to attend a local franchise fair in Glasgow to find out who was actively franchising in Scotland.  Liking what he heard about the Minuteman Press opportunity, including the family values they retained and their desire for owners to succeed, encouraged Jeff to find out more and to visit their stores around Scotland. Jeff and Lise opened for business in October 2009. 10 years on and Jeff still works full time in the business and Lise part-time; all 3 children have also worked with them.

From the police to Tumble Tots franchise Glasgow


Mum of two Rachael Hall was a police officer in Glasgow for 10 years before joining Tumble Tots.  Whilst on maternity leave, Rachael had time to contemplate her future and, unhappy with the long hours and stress that came with being a police officer, Rachael decided she wanted a career that allowed her to spend quality time with her family.  Having attended Tumble Tots classes whilst living in Chester, Rachael was keen to continue attending when she moved back to Glasgow.  With her nearest class 45 minutes away, and lots of research into franchising and Tumble Tots, Rachael seized the opportunity to start her own Tumble Tots franchise.


From Michigan to Glasgow to an ActionCOACH franchise


Andrew Goldberg graduated from the University of Michigan with the plan to work as part of the National Security Agency. When the USA ceased hiring, the young entrepreneur was left looking for something else. During those formative years, Andrew built a catalogue of skills that would lead him to set up his own ActionCOACH franchise in 2010.  “I’d gained a lot of knowledge over the years, but I knew I could apply it to something much more worthwhile. I’d fully grasped the importance of leading a team, working hard, solving problems and how to handle customers. I also knew I wanted to be successful – but doesn’t everyone? To be quite honest, I wasn’t sure what profession I wanted to go into, so I started doing some research.”


South African couple haven’t looked back since they bought Minster Cleaning resale


After falling for each other, Paul and Kirsten Dunn fell for Scotland, moving there from South Africa to take over Minster Cleaning's Edinburgh and Lothians franchise in 2016. The great thing about commercial cleaning is businesses always need it. We’ve grown turnover from around £934,000 when we started to just under £1.1 million now.


Interview: From employee to franchisee with Minuteman Press!


Keith Cohan has had many different jobs across the years in a variety of sectors, but he always envisaged that one day he would own his own business. While he was working at a Minuteman Press Printing franchise in Falkirk the stores franchisee was looking to retire and Keith knew that this was his chance to own his own business in an industry he knew. Learn about Keith's journey from employee to franchisee and the successes he has benefitted from Minuteman Press!


Father and son run multi-van Snack in the Box business


Andrew Sharpe joined Snack in the Box in August 2016 and initially serviced the Ayrshire and South Glasgow area. He has recently taken the decision to purchase a neighbouring Snack in the Box territory and bring his son, Alan, in to the business. They now operate the business with two vans and have over 180 customers! Read why Andrew chose SITB, what his personal objectives were, why he decided to expand, the challenges he has faced and future plans for their business.


Pervez's Energie Fitness franchise is fighting fit!


Pervez Siddique spent 18 years in his Glasgow newsagents business before he decided it was time for a change. Noting the demand for a gym in his local area, he was impressed by the Energie Fitness franchise opportunity. Opening his gym in 2015, Perveznow has 11 staff and a thriving business. Learn about his success and plans for expanding into a new branch!


Case Study: Johnny Pearson, Revive!, Edinburgh


Fatherhood and fate led Jonny Pearson to his Revive! Automotive Innovations franchise! Learn how he took back control of his work life with a Revive! franchise...


Ex-Business Development Manager of whichfranchise joins Driving Miss Daisy team


Ann Overdijking, ex-Business Development Manager of, is the first franchisee for Driving Miss Daisy in Scotland.  Driving Miss Daisy offers a reliable companionship and transportation service to the elderly and infirm, giving them more independence to live the life they want.  And Ann is now living the life she has always dreamed off.  Ann is no stranger to franchising, having worked in the industry for 7 years, and with a past background in nursing too, Driving Miss Daisy was the perfect opportunity for Ann.  In this article Ann talks to us about why she chose Driving Miss Daisy, her franchise journey so far and aspirations for the future.  Read more about Ann and her new Driving Miss Daisy venture.


From Pizza Delivery Driver to Papa John's Franchisee!


Former pizza delivery driver, Siddhartha Chirumamilla (Sid), became a Papa John’s franchisee five years ago and runs stores in the South East of England plus the Scottish Rutherglen, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and Falkirk.  Currently Sid runs 11 Papa John’s and he has plans to open more in the future.


Exclusive interview with Ayrshire franchisees for Husse Pet Food

smallHusse_david.jpg On behalf of David and Lindsey (Ayrshire) we would like to welcome you to our insight of the Husse Franchise business. We hope that by sharing our experience and opinions that anybody reading this article will be encouraged to find out more about what we certainly find a fun and rewarding company. The Husse business requires no real experience but common sense and the will to succeed.

Focus on Being Connected: Auditel’s Scottish Network Grows


After years of living in Scotland yet working in London, Robin Cockburn was ready for a change in career direction. It was time to take control and start a business for himself. After researching several franchise options, Robin settled on Auditel as his first choice to launch his business in 2009. “The appeal of the flexibility of working with the Auditel cost management model was what really did it for me,” he says, “being able to do a wide range of things, and not being restricted geographically, with the potential to work with others in the network was a huge attraction.”


Exclusive interview with Signs Express franchisee for Falkirk


Established over ten years ago, Signs Express (Falkirk) continues to demonstrate how lucrative a franchise business can be in Scotland. Steve talks to us about why he decided to look at franchising and ultimately choose Signs Express, and discusses the challenges of buying an under-performing established franchise and how it has taken a lot of hard work and the right team in place to turn it around considerably. Read more about Steve’s franchising journey.


Glasgow franchisee recognises the benefits of buying a franchise business

smallactioncoach_andrew.jpeg Andrew Goldberg learned very quickly the benefits of a franchise business. Having initially set up his own sales consultancy business, he soon realised that whilst he understood the consultancy side of it, he was struggling with the business model itself. This led him to look at franchising, and being able to buy into an established business model. Business coaching stood out as it was an area he enjoyed working in and also did well in, and after much research he decided upon an ActionCoach franchise.

Bringing corporate experience to a home-grown business


“It was important to me to be part of a business that shared my values. In Tutor Doctor, I found just that; a business with serious earning potential and a strong moral compass. I’m proud to be building a profitable business whilst helping to improve the lives of children across Edinburgh as I do.”


Card Connection franchise for sale in Stirling and Perth

smallCardconnection_david.jpg David Roseweir joined Card Connection in 2007. Due to other family business commitments, David is reluctantly having to sell his Card Connection franchise, covering the areas of Stirling and Perth. In this article, David talks about what his background is, what led him to choose a franchise in the greeting card retail industry, and the key USPs of the business.

Bringing corporate experience to a home-grown business


“It was important to me to be part of a business that shared my values. In Tutor Doctor, I found just that; a business with serious earning potential and a strong moral compass. I’m proud to be building a profitable business whilst helping to improve the lives of children across Edinburgh as I do.”


Exclusive interview with Card Connection franchisee for Glasgow and Fort William

smallcardconnection_elaine.jpg Elaine Anderson joined leading greeting card publisher and franchisor Card Connection in 2012 and took over the established territory of Glasgow and Fort William. Elaine now delivers and merchandises Card Connection’s extensive range of high-quality greeting cards and accessories, such as wrap and gift bags, to retailers across the region.

Spring into a new career – PET SERVICES FRANCHISE FOR SALE


Isla Sutherland is looking to sell her established Barking Mad franchise. This dog boarding business covers the areas of Perthshire, Clackmannanshire and Stirling. It is an ideal business opportunity for those who want to make a career out of doing something they love, working with pets. In this interview, Isla talks to us about why she bought her Barking Mad franchise, her role as a franchisee, why she loves what she does and why the time is right for her to sell.


Exclusive interview with Jane Perry, Bluebird Care Edinburgh and Glasgow

smallbluebird_jane.jpg Jane Perry, along with her husband John, have been running their Bluebird Care franchise in Edinburgh since 2008. After being made redundant for the fourth time from her job in the finance industry, Jane knew that a change of career was needed. Having had some negative experiences when looking for help for her terminally ill grandmother, Jane was passionate about making a difference in the care industry. She also knew the demand was there for a good care company, one that valued their customers, and so it was an industry with vast potential for those wanting to make a career from it. Jane began to research the franchise opportunities and liking the ethos and values of Bluebird Care, Jane knew it was the right franchise for her. The business has gone from strength to strength. In 2013, Jane purchased Bluebird Care Glasgow and now employs over 130 people; including her stepson and niece, making it a truly family business.

Pizza is a family affair


Sam and Dave Foster are brothers who both joined Papa John’s as franchisees in 2016…one in Scotland, and one in England! Both have had very different journeys to becoming franchisees. In this interview, we hear from both brothers on why they wanted to be part of the Papa John’s success story


Exclusive Interview: "We're moving on to the next level thanks to franchising"

smallPCL_PaulBird.jpg BJC Joinery were a trade customer of PCL before becoming one of their franchisees. Based up in the North East of Scotland they are in an area where the weather has the potential to demonstrate extremities meaning that product integrity is of the utmost importance to them. The PCL range and the installation skills of BJC Joinery are more than a match for the weather. In this exclusive interview, they share the benefits of franchising...

Exclusive Interview: "Turning over £1 million thanks to the strength of Chipsaway's name"

smallChipsaway_KeithMcGowan.jpg With previous experience in the motoring industry, Keith McGowan already knew the strength of the Chipsaway brand name and their solid reputation within the sector. Today, Keith now operates the biggest ChipsAway car care centre in the UK and is turning over £1 million per year. To get an unique inside perspective of what it takes to be a successful franchisee...

Exclusive interview: "Franchising success for me and my family"


Papa John’s franchise operates around the world with well over 300 outlets in the UK and 4,800 stores in more than 40 international markets and territories. Zulfiqar Haidar runs four Papa John’s in Scotland with his brother Iftikhar and will soon to open a fifth store. To get a unique inside perspective from winners of the Scottish Asian Business awards and Papa John’s International franchisees of the year...


Interview with John Spence, LMI franchisee, Lesmahagow

smallLMI_john2.jpg John Spence’s career has saw him hold various management positions over the past 25 years. It was his experience of using LMI’s programmes and products that led him to look further into the actual franchise opportunity. After the sale of his previous business, he joined LMI-UK in 2015.

Exclusive Interview: "I am building a secure future for my family"

smallInXpress_SteveLamb_Large.jpg Steve Lamb has been running his InXpress franchise since 2009 and he enjoys the lifestyle rewards it brings as well as providing a secure future for his family. After being made redundant, Steve was looking for new opportunities and InXpress appealed to his skillset and interests the most. To get an insight into this franchise...

Redundancy led to franchising


Bluebird Care franchisees, John and Jane Perry, bought their franchise after the threat of redundancy loomed over them. Looking at what else was out there, the care industry stood out for them due to first-hand experience they had with a relative who had received a poor service of care. Inspired to do better, they had to find the right partner to work with, and after much research they knew Bluebird Care was the perfect choice for them. John and Jane now run a successful Bluebird Care franchise in Edinburgh and Glasgow South.


Franchising offers better work/life balance


Charlie Moncrieff had been working around/in IT for over 20 years before he decided to take the plunge and look for a new career move. Deciding that he wanted to work for himself and give himself the possibility of a better work/life balance with his kids, but with a solid support system behind him, he started to look at franchising and the IT opportunities available. In this exclusive interview, Charlies discusses why Computer Troubleshooters ticked all the boxes for him.


I wanted more quality time with my family, so I needed to make a change

smallactioncoach_suj2.jpg Suj Legha has been self-employed since he was 21 years old and his passion for business start-ups has taken him on a journey of personal development that has led him to becoming a great business coach with his ActionCOACH franchise.

Interview with Scott Blyth of etyres, Edinburgh


Scott Blyth launched his etyres Edinburgh franchise in July 2014 and has already made a big impression on local businesses and securing sales on the back of word-of-mouth recommendations. Continued support from Head Office and other Franchise Owners based in Scotland has helped Scott get off to a great start.


Interview with Jim Stewart of Greensleeves Lawn Care, Aberdeenshire


Jim Stewart of Greensleeves Aberdeen has been enjoying running his lawn care franchise since 2011. Originally from an executive background within the electronics industry when Jim found himself facing redundancy he chose to embrace the opportunity and purchase a Greensleeves lawn treatment franchise. Jim now enjoys running his business whilst working in the outdoors and is extremely proud of the success he has achieved so far.


Interview with Morag Readman of Bright & Beautiful, East Lothian

brightbeautiful_morag2.jpg Morag Readman is the Bright & Beautiful franchisee for East Lothian. Coming from a marketing background, Morag knows only too well the importance of the brand but also how timely and costly it can be to establish one. With franchising, Morag recognized she would be benefiting from day 1. After much research into different opportunities in different industries, Morag kept going back to domestic cleaning; it appealed due to the huge demand for the service and the repeat sales opportunities it offered. In this interview, Morag shares her experiences of setting up a franchise, the training and support she received, as well as the challenges and benefits of such a venture.

Interview with Forbes Davidson of Subway, North East Scotland


Forbes Davidson is a successful SUBWAY® franchisee with three stores across North East Scotland in Perthshire, Dundee and Montrose. He is due to open his fourth store with the brand in Blairgowrie shortly, and has two further stores in development.


Seeking ambitious franchise owner for Scottish franchise opportunity


Andy Kelly shares his experience of franchising with the Original Poster Company since early 2012 and he is now looking to sell this lucrative franchise so as to take up a voluntary post with a children's charity. Find out more here.


20 Years of success and counting with Rainbow International


Noreen Hughes and her husband Kevin have been part of the Rainbow International franchise since 1996. Starting in East Kilbride, they now have eight territories successfully up and running. Kevin started the business as a sole trader but, due to ill health, had to take a step back. Cue Noreen; a business leader with passion and drive!


New Zealander travelled 11,299 miles and joined the Ecocleen franchise


At Ecocleen we like to think we go the extra mile for our customers but in this case our most recent franchisee Andrew Alleway has gone the extra 11,299 miles to join us and set up our latest office in Aberdeen.


Expanding the Papa John's family in Scotland


George Eastcroft helps run the family business in Edinburgh. Along with his wife and son and a team of almost 50 staff they manage two Papa John’s franchised stores in the city.


Interview with Bryan and Shelia Jones of Card Connection, Carlisle and Lancaster


Bryan Jones and his wife Sheila purchased the Carlisle and Lancaster Card Connection franchise territory in December 2013. The couple now supply Card Connection’s range of more than 1,200 quality greeting cards and accessories to around 120 retail outlets from Lancaster to southern Scotland.


Former treasury manager to help motorists save on bodywork repair costs

smallrevive_wesley.jpg Former treasury manager and business analyst Wesley Sinclair, 42, has set up his own business, Revive! Edinburgh, visiting customers to repair scuffs, scrapes and minor damage on their vehicles. He has joined one of the largest and most reputable SMART repair networks in the country.

Leaving the military and looking to the future

smallSITB_stewart.jpg Kim and Stewart Bisley are based in Glasgow. Stewart is a Chief Petty Office in the Navy and is a submariner. He currently spends months away at a time, but has just under 2 years left in the Navy so the couple were keen to find a business that they could develop and work in together once he had left the Navy.

Getting the balance right with Raring2go! franchise


Despite the economic downturn, Victoria Drysdale’s Raring2go! franchise has grown every quarter for the past five years.


Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees share ownership and multiple stores


Four young men in Edinburgh are a great example of how sharing business responsibilities and rewards is an efficient way to run a successful franchise.


Rainbow International franchise going strength to strength


Tom and Helen Cox cover the largest geographical area in the Rainbow International UK network, stretching from Thurso at the top of Scotland, down to Fort William, Oban, Campbeltown and throughout Argyll. They also serve Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles.


Card Connection’s new franchisee goes for Glasgow


Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has announced it has recruited a new Scottish franchisee. Elaine Anderson will take over the established territory of Glasgow and Fort William.


PC PAL is rapidly expanding with the latest launch in Glasgow


Running enthusiast, John Whitecross, is to become the new local PC PAL Engineer servicing and repairing computers and laptops in your homes and businesses around the West End of Glasgow and the surrounding area.


A triple turnover with a Signs Express franchise resale


A chance meeting with an old colleague at a franchise exhibition lead to Steve hearing about a resale in his area, with Steve taking on the Signs Express business in Falkirk in 2005.


Father and son open Drain Doctor franchise in Glasgow and Stirling


Football playing father and son Jimmy and Andrew Smith are setting up their own plumbing and drainage business to service the north of Glasgow and Stirling as part of the national Drain Doctor network.


robertson technologies appoints franchisee in London's West End


Fast-growing IT support business, robertson technologies, has made its move on the heart of the Capital with the appointment of Ray Lewis as its London West End franchise partner.


New Drain Doctor franchisee will cater for Central London


Ian has taken on the Central London franchise business of Drain Doctor Plumbing offering emergency plumbing and drain repairs in the City, Barbican, Mayfair, Chelsea and Bermondsey.


From fast jets to PC PAL franchise


Newport based Jeff Thomas launched his PC PAL franchise in September 2008. Jeff,48, was previously an aircraft technician working on military fast jet aircraft.


Found our niche with the Camping & Caravanning Club franchise


Becoming franchisees with The Camping and Caravanning Club has enabled Nicky Sellier and David Weller to realise their ambition to have a business of their own and a completely different lifestyle as well.


IT expert takes on robertson technologies' sixth franchise


Rapidly expanding IT specialist robertson technologies has just increased its exposure to the crucial South of England market with the appointment of a veteran IT expert as its sixth franchisee.


Day in the life of a Gas Elec franchisee


Like a lot of gas-elec engineers, Colin Smith’s background was not as a gas engineer, he describes what it is like to be a franchisee in his 'day in the life of' account.


NBC franchise a natural progression for Ian


In 2005, Ian was working as as a Global Environment Manager in the oil and gas industry when he first considered becoming self-employed.


robertson technologies franchise helps graduate take on the labour market


David Earley is sowing the seeds of his own industry in computer support franchise, robertson technologies. 


From waitress to London master franchise manager - Gemma is the latest Baguette Express success


Gemma Field had no idea she would end up overseeing a growing empire of Baguette Express franchise chains.


Going part-time with Maid2Clean franchise


I felt this would not impact on my other form of employment. Little did I realise how quickly things change. In the three years I have been running the franchise, I decided to resign from my other position as the work grew.


Acquiring a winning team with Driver Hire


Driver Hire’s Dundee and Perth territory has a new franchisee - Roy McLellan, who acquired the franchise through a re-sale. Roy is inheriting a winning team in Dundee and this is reflected in the recent superb sales performance of the business. It’s also been recognised in Driver Hire’s recent ‘Office of the Month’ award, given to the Dundee office for a combination of strong financial performance, sales activity and customer engagement.


Impressed with Belvoir franchise


Due to the current economic climate, Denise Rhodes saw an opportunity in lettings. She chose to invest in a Belvoir franchise as she was impressed by the brand and Belvoir’s approach to the industry.


Family ties at Belvoir franchise Edinburgh


Grant Lidster and his partner, Carol Gordon launched Belvoir Edinburgh South in August 2005 and since then their son has started working with them, making their business into a real family affair.


From dodging the bullets to a berth with Baguette Express franchise


Successful Baguette Express franchisee Mandy Rothon has always had a sense of adventure – at one stage in her life she braved the streets of gun crime capital Johannesburg in South Africa on a daily basis as a contract driver.


Sold on the benefits of franchising with Driver Hire

DH_Wilson_small.jpg Accountancy is generally regarded as being a rock solid kind of a job. But it wasn’t enough to protect Grant Wilson when he was made redundant by the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society during the 1990s’ recession.

My turn to be the boss with Driver Hire franchise

DH_McLellan_small.jpg Roy McLellan is one of Driver Hire’s newest franchisees, having acquired the Dundee & Perth business through a re-sale. The previous owners had bought the business 5 years ago and turned it into an extremely successful operation. They then decided that the time was right for them to realise their investment and move on to something new.


Lifelong friends find success with Silverdaze franchise


Muriel and Charmaine, our first franchisees from north of the border joined Silverdaze in August 2008. Friends for years, their dream has been to go into business together.



New tanker helps fife Drain Doctor franchise tackle bigger jobs

draindocS.jpg The South East Fife franchise of Drain Doctor – the smallest franchise in the 100-strong network, covering a population of just 60,000 people – is gearing up to take on some of the biggest jobs in the plumbing business.


Combining all your passions with a Monkey Music franchise

MM_AlisonS.jpg Rachel Huggins worked as a Business Development Director for an award winning interactive design consultancy in London.  She had always been a keen singer and attended Drama College many moons ago.


Redundancy gives Belvoir franchise owner a new lease of life


Grant Lidster and his partner, Carol Gordon both have a background of working in the pensions industry. However, redundancy and a golden handshake provided them with the opportunity to invest in an exciting career opportunity. 



From teacher to Razzamataz franchise owner


Natalie James was originally a drama teacher with Razzamataz. After 3 years of working for someone else, Natalie decided that Razzamataz was a good business opportunity for herself.


Seizing the moment with The Camping and Caravanning Club franchise

CCC_SkyeS.jpg Becoming franchisees with The Camping and Caravanning Club has enabled Nicky Sellier and David Weller to realise their ambition to have a business of their own and a completely different lifestyle as well. They share their experience of franchising with us.

Optimistic future with Cartridge World franchise

harro_small.jpg Javed Akhar initially ran his own business in Glagow but found that the hours were too long and the work was demandings. Impressed by Cartridge World's ethical nature, Javed launched his own franchise business in Paisely and then opened a second in Shawlands.

Better life with The Local Bookkeeper franchise


Fiona is a member of the ICB and a part qualified Accountant coupled with also being a working mum with two children. Fiona needed more flexibility in her working life to give her a better work life balance.


the streat franchise opens in Silverburn


Ireland’s fastest growing café franchise ‘the streat’ has just ‘signed’ Rangers youth coach Chris Queen who’s franchised café opened in Silverburn Shopping Centre in Glasgow on 10th December.


Safety in numbers by franchising with Mail Box Etc


Graham Angus opened his Mail Boxes Etc franchise in July 2005, after meeting MBE at a franchise exhibition in Scotland. He believes becoming a franchisee was one of the best decisions of his life.


Passionate About Time For You

Timeforyou_ralph_small.jpg Hazel and Ralph Watson bought the Fife franchise of Time For You in 2005 after running their own carpet and upholstery cleaning business.

Experience of a lifetime with the Ceramic Experience

TheCeramicExperience_shona_small.jpg Shona Gilchrist and her husband decided to take the plunge to launch a franchise business with The Ceramic Experience and share their experience of what took place.

Diversifying business interests


Martin Smith from Edinburgh has been running his own courier delivery business for nearly 10 years when he decided to take up a Jani-King franchise. Whilst a number of people are put off by the idea of working in the cleaning sector, once again Martin went against the trend. “I was looking for an industry that wasn’t just a fad,” he reveals. “Whilst cleaning isn’t the most glamorous sector, there’s truth in the old saying “Where there’s muck there’s money!”


Pizza People


Fiona Fleming, a 25 year old business graduate from Glasgow Caledonian, has been the franchisee of Domino’s in Paisley since June 2007. Together with her footballer husband Paul, Fiona is always looking for ways she can engage with her local community.


All the Signs Point Towards Success


With the forthcoming Scottish Franchise Exhibition talking place on the 8th - 9th of June, Signs Express are showcasing their new franchisees Neil & Carol Fraser from Glasgow and James Bain, franchisee for the Dundee area. They share their experiences and challenges in launching a franchise.


Signs Express Dundee Continues to Grow

signs_james_small.jpg Experiencing the advantages of the successful Signs Express package is James Bain, who opened his Dundee Signs Express centre in February of this year. An entrepreneurial self-starter, James has vast experience in running businesses, having worked at director level for a number of companies in the oil and gas industry before becoming a Signs Express franchisee.

Working Together with Pizza Hut

pizzahut_image_small.jpg Andy, 34 and Brian, 30, have been Pizza Hut franchisees for over 3 years. Together they own Ultra Catering which runs four Pizza Hut Delivery units in Aberdeen and Dundee. Brian has worked for Pizza Hut for over 11 years and was previously a General Manager of a restaurant in Edinburgh, whilst Andy worked in the pub trade.

Securing a New Future

swisher_john_small.jpg After 20 successful years in a variety of sales management roles, John was concerned that securing future new employment would become more difficult. “I realised that I was coming to an age where maybe I needed something with a greater degree of stability” he reflects. “I began to look into franchising with the view to secure employment for myself until retirement age.

Team work at Card Connection franchise works!


Card Connection is one of the UK’s largest card publishers and is the market leader in the franchised distribution of greeting cards. A British Franchise Association member, it now has more than 100 franchisees across the UK and a year ago Cath Dorran and Margaret Roberts worked together with the Card Connection franchisee owner of the Glasgow & Argyll territory.


Smart Cartridge in Dunfermline

Smart_S.jpg Des Seenan and his wife Anne opened the doors of their first Smart Cartridge franchise four and a half years ago.

The husband and wife team were one of the UK’s first franchisees after the opening of the flagship store in Edinburgh’s Haymarket.

Maximising “People Potential”

ology_walter_small.jpg "I’ve had a great corporate career, but had got to the stage where I was really ready for a change – a new challenge that would make use of my previous experience, but reward me appropriately for my efforts. I also wanted to avoid the risk of starting my business from scratch – and alone. Ology Business Coaching gave me this."


Edin-S.jpg Edinburgh entrepreneur Keith Lamb is aiming to scale the heights of his new business venture by launching a professional oven valeting franchise in the City.


Dun_S.gif Prontaprint Dunfermline, on Dickson Street’s Elgin Industrial Estate, has been given a new lease of life thanks to the appointment of new Franchisee, Andrew Whincup.

From fishing to Card Connection franchise


When Andrew Orr was 16 he stood on the peer at Hopeman, Scotland and the skipper of a new boat that was being built asked if he would like to be an apprentice. At that time, all he knew was that he wanted to be a deep-sea fisherman. And that’s what he was until he took on a Card Connection franchise many years later.



Chips_ken_small.jpg THIRTY looms large this year for Glasgow-based Ken Clark. For he has just opened the 30th UK outlet for video games chain CHIPS just months after celebrating his 30th birthday. For Ken becoming the latest franchisee for CHIPS means a whole change in lifestyle after working as a sales account manager for an IT company.

Ovenu Celebrate a Year of Hot Trading

Ovenu_Scotland_small.jpg A Berwick entrepreneur has cleaned an average of two ovens a day to bring to a close a successful first year of trading.

New ownership shows all the right signs

Signsex_Falkirk_small.jpg Steve McMurray is delighted with his new business enterprise – becoming the new owner at the Falkirk centre of established signs and graphics franchise, Signs Express. The move follows over 35 years of family tradition and his own 20 years experience as owner of McMurray Speed Signs.


FP_martin_small.jpg FurniturePro, one of the UK’s leading furniture repair and restoration companies, has launched a new franchise in the Lanarkshire region. Martin Speck has joined the company and will be offering a range of repair and restoration services to upholstery, wood and leather furniture.


DD_Greg_small.jpg Young Greg Muir is only 12 but he already has a clear vision of the plumb job he wants working in his dad's new Drain Doctor Plumbing business. Greg is so enthusiastic about his prospects that he has already completed a multiple-choice written test set by the Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation (SNIPEF) and come within two points of passing.


DrainDr_Gary_small.jpg High-flying Glasgow couple Gary and Eleanor Wroe are turning their backs on the world of passenger jets to launch a much more down-to-earth venture a 24-hour Drain Doctor Plumbing business.


Ovenu_John_small.jpg Oven valeting company Ovenu has expanded into Scotland with the appointment of its first specialist franchisee, John Crockett. John will operate a professional domestic oven valeting service throughout West Glasgow.

It All Adds Up With Kumon

Kumon_ella_small.jpg Instructor Ella Ritchie opened her study centre in Linlithgow in January 2003. “I have a degree in maths and English and I also worked as an accountant for many years,” says Ritchie. “I have young children so I wanted to do something that was flexible. I was also keen to have my own business. Kumon combines a lot of attractive things for me.”

Repairing Plumbings' Battered Image

DrainDr_John_small.jpg Paisley man who once recovered a live hand grenade from a blocked drain has no fears when it comes to launching a new plumbing and drainage business serving North Glasgow.

Smart Franchisee Opens Second Franchise

Smart_des_small.jpg Des Seenan, Smart Cartridge’s first franchisee is scheduled to open his second store at the end of March this year. And if that isn’t a testimonial in itself…Des’s brother Brian Seenan and his wife Elspeth are opening their first store in Aberdeen!

Papa John’s Makes Progress in Scotland

PapaJohns_richard_small.jpg A businessman who made his name in the building and repairing of ships is forecasting that franchising will go down a storm after signing a multi-store agreement with Papa John’s.

Scotland’s Top Snap-On Performer

Snapon_jim_small.jpg Jim Cruickshank had been a car radio fitter but feeling there was ‘something better’ out there for him, his research soon brought him across Snap-on Tools.

Cashing in With Cash Generator

CashGen_Keith_small.jpg Due to the success of his Cash Generator franchise in Glasgow, Keith intends to open his second store this year, with further expansion planned for the future.

Receiving Reassurance with Drain Doctor

drain_edinburghmini.jpg The insecurity overhanging Scottish industry has prompted a Grangemouth worker to take voluntary redundancy to launch his own 'recession-proof' business as a 24-hour Drain Doctor Plumbing franchisee in Edinburgh.

Providing the Incentive for Success

Lasertech_Ian_small.jpg Ian worked worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland for the past 12 years before looking for a new challenge that allowed him to be his own boss and provided the incentive to be successful. Lasertech was the ideal opportunity for Ian.

Satisfaction with Signs Express

SignsEx_Neil_small.jpg When Neil and Carol reached a crossroad in their careers they decided to take control of their lives and experience the satisfaction of owning their own business.


O'Briens_Mike_small.jpg Mike Sneddon was no newcomer to franchising when he opened his first O’Briens Irish Sandwich Bar outlet back in 1999. Perhaps it was his seven years experience with Shell and latterly BP, which enabled him to forge ahead and develop his O’Briens business rapidly but, most importantly, successfully.

Achieving His Ambition with Carewatch

Carewatch_Tony_small.jpg As a sure way of realising his ambition of owning his own business, whilst reducing the risks involved, Tony chose the franchising route.

Achieving Success with Cash Generator

CashGen_John_small.jpg John knew that if he wanted to achieve the level of success he desired, it would have to be working for himself. After being blown over by the Cash Generator concept, he decided the franchising route was the way forward.

Enjoying Substantial Growth with Minster

Minster_gordon_small.jpg Gordon had always wanted to work for himself, and so when the brewery where he worked closed, he decided to look into this option more thoroughly. Franchising provided him with all the benefits he was looking for.

From hobby to career with Rosemary Conley franchise

RosemaryC_Gill_small.jpg Having worked as a computer programmer for 10 years, Jill felt the time was right for a change. Being already a qualified exercise teacher, Jill decided to turn her hobby into a career.

From Cruise Ships to Franchising

MBE_Glynis_small.jpg After ten years working on cruise liners, Glynis Santos was ready for a complete change. After managing her brother's playgroup franchise, Glynis decided franchising was the way forward for her.


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Securing a Future with Drain Doctor

Drain_Tommy_small.jpg Despite being a plumber for over 30 years, adopting the Drain Doctor Plumbing business systems was a new experience for Tommy Meade.

Limitless options with Furniture Medic franchise

ronnierae_servicemaster_sma.jpg After taking early redundacy from the Royal Mail, Ronnie was looking for a new challenge and something completely different, Servicemaster provided this for him.

Still going strong with Rosemary Conley franchise

Rosemary_Jill2.jpg Jillian joined the company in April 1995 and hasn't looked back since. Before starting out she was keen to find out everything she could about the organisation, but with Rosemary Conley's reputation and proven diets it was an easy choice to make.

From catering to printing with Prontaprint franchise


Philip had always known about franchising from university, but whilst working for a coffee company he learnt more about it from the franchisor side, and from then on it just seemed the most sensible way of going into business for himself.


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