Trulawn artificial grass franchisee turns a bad situation into an opportunity
Steven Taylor, franchisee for Trulawn Aberdeen, had quite an obstacle to overcome when launching in June 2020. Once he learned how to stay safe and keep their customers safe – the business saw a surge in demand for artificial grass which has had them fully booked up ever since. Steven talks to whichfranchise about his journey with Trulawn so far.
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.
Wai Yan Tsang is the Clear Brew franchisee for Fort William
Born in Cornwall, brought up in Staffordshire and having studied in South Wales, Wai Yan Tsang is now running a Clear Brew franchise in the Highlands! Taking his work ethic and thirst for self-employment from his parents, Wai decided to go down the franchise route when a project he was working on failed. Coming across Clear Brew, Wai soon realised it was the franchise for him. Wai discusses the support he receives from Clear Brew, mistakes he has made and his biggest achievements to date.
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.