Safeclean has been sharing the stories of three of its most successful franchisees to show what’s possible.
It’s easy to be drawn in by what franchises say is good about their own business. However, hearing from satisfied franchisees who have managed to build a successful business is encouraging for those looking to join the network. Knowing how valuable this is, Safeclean has shared the stories of three of its most successful franchisees from across its network.
Andrew and Kim Emmett-Gidney operate a Safeclean territory in High Wycombe and set up their business in 2014. Explaining how they made the decision to join the franchise following Andrew’s redundancy, the pair said:
“We saw Safeclean as the perfect opportunity [for] a fresh start. Luckily, we had a vacant territory right on our doorstep, so it seemed like a no-brainer, particularly as we already had some business experience in the field.”
The pair also explained how they’ve enjoyed being able to work together on their business venture, despite the challenges.
“Running a business as a husband and wife partnership has its ups and downs, as does any partnership, but being able to work together and share the workload is fantastic, especially in busy periods. It also enables us to work on and build something together, which is a real bonus. Our customers love the family business feel, which our husband and wife partnership brings. We’d definitely recommend this to another couple, as it’s so easy to build your life together around the business.”
Geraint Williams echoed the pair’s praise and explained how 33 years of business with the carpet cleaning franchise has changed his life for the better:
“My main motivation to start a franchise was due to dissatisfaction in working for other people as an employee. It was a feeling of ‘wanting to be in control’ of my own destiny. I chose Safeclean because I was completely captivated by the ‘range of services’ and the potential for making money.
After 33 years of conducting the business, I am still astounded at the way the business appears to be recession-proof.”
He explained how the financial potential of the franchise was (and continues to be) one of its biggest draws for him.
“The wonderful thing about this franchise is that it seems to be ‘recession proof’ in that over the period of ownership I have had to endure several periods of financial uncertainty, but these have had only a limited effect on the success of the business. It is also a 12-month trading cycle with very few peaks and troughs in business.”
Finally, Richard Brent, who has been operating across London since 1985, explained how Safeclean enabled him to change his life.
“From a finance point of view, the cleaning business was affordable as there was no large, upfront investment. When I approached various cleaning type franchisors, Safeclean was head and shoulders above the rest in terms of impressing me with their warm reception when I first inquired, their knowledge of the business, their ongoing support and their training programme. Our reputation is now such that we are recommended by various furniture retailers and interior designers, with a large proportion of our business coming from happy, repeat customers.”
Sophie Cole, Point Franchise ©