Experience of a lifetime with the Ceramic Experience
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!”
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
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
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
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
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”
"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."