Franchise Opportunities With OVENU Fit The Bill

Former Police Officer Paul Hughes has made a success of his oven cleaning franchise business

Ovenu, the UK's leading oven cleaning and valeting franchise company, is looking to land even more recruits from the emergency services after a commanding performance from its veteran franchisees.

With impending government cuts looming over the police, fire and ambulance services, which may put jobs under threat, Ovenu is highlighting the opportunities franchising can offer to those choosing or forced to make a career change.

The company has around 100 franchises across the country and more than 60,000 clients per year, but is looking to expand its business in a number of areas including Norfolk, the South West and Scotland.

After nearly 30 years working for Essex Police serving various communities including Maldon, Paul Hughes was among the first group of former emergency service personnel who decided to invest in a new franchise with Ovenu.

Paul, who runs the Colchester franchise, said: "After leaving the police, I was very determined I was going to work for myself rather than a big corporation, and setting up with a franchise seemed like the perfect happy medium.

"I had been looking at a number of options, but after speaking to franchisees who were already working with Ovenu, I was impressed with the way they worked, and the fact there was regular personal contact from the management team within the organisation."

The Essex-based specialist added: "The one piece of advice I can give to those people looking to leave the emergency services and are considering setting up a franchise is to really do their homework."

Rik Hellewell, who founded Ovenu over 15 years ago, said: "The threats to emergency services jobs from the Coalition's Comprehensive Spending Review are very real. However, there are other options out there, such as franchising, which are ideal for people forced into a career change."

Rik added: "There is a really strong work ethic among those who leave the emergency services, and this is evident in the work that Paul and the other franchisees from similar backgrounds have done since they joined the company."

After an initial investment of £12,950 dedicated franchisees can, during a five-year contract, build a business with an income of £30,000-£50,000.

This investment gives full training prior to the business launch and ongoing back-up and support throughout the life of the franchise. Franchisees also have access and rights to Ovenu's respected trade name, trade marks and intellectual property including marketing strategies.

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