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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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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.

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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.”

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Barking Mad Fife is not just our business, it’s our way of life!

John and Elaine Warburton, partners in both business and life, started their Barking Mad journey in 2014 and have recently scooped a top title at the 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards. The pet mad pair from Fife in Scotland, were named the Lifestyle Franchisee winners at a glittering ceremony at the Vox, Birmingham.

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Taking control of his own future with Agency Express Falkirk

Alex Sunjich worked in the petrochemical industry before deciding that he wanted to take control of his future and become his own boss.  Knowing the benefits of franchising, Alex set his sights on owning a franchise business.  After visiting an exhibition, and finding out more about Agency Express, he decided it was the franchise for him and in 2015, he bought Agency Express Falkirk.

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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.

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