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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Minuteman Press Ayr is a true family business

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.

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