Case Studies


After a long career in high-tech IT businesses (with too many hours spent working away from home), Mark’s redundancy was tinged with relief. As we paused to take stock, we realised a change in pace would be relished. With many successful years in marketing and statistical analysis behind me, I, too, was ready for more time at home. As luck would have it our rare breed, Rosie, stopped eating her well-known brand of dog food and we found ourselves searching for something new. In doing so, we f...

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We have developed a business model that helps new franchisees with NO experience, offer a professional Architectural Plan Design service to clients. One that is fully compliant and fully supported by head office. A Day in the Life of a happinest franchisee 8:30am - check your emails from the night before.9:30am - visit a happi client who is looking to add an open plan rear extension to quote for the plans required for their project. Project value £1800.11am - Second quote of the day for a...

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To be a successful franchise, you must have successful, motivated and happy franchisees. And happinest, the architectural design franchise, has that in abundance. Chris - South London franchisee achieving year two sales in one month! I joined happinest two months ago and it’s been great.  The initial training really helped give me all the skills needed to confidently start to visit clients and quote for extension plans. I have hit year two figures in month two and can really see how I...

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After completing my e-learning section of the training I visited happinest HQ for my practical training. It was great to meet all the team and get to go out on live jobs. I learnt how to quote clients and then return to survey once they had placed an order. With head office taking care of generating appointments for me from day one my diary filled up almost immediately with 11 appointments made for my first week and £3200 in sales in my first two days! I couldn’t believe how quick I started to...

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Prior to operating the OAKA Vending franchise, Guy and Jack were on their way to completing their Master's programme at the University of Edinburgh. They discovered OAKA Vending and decided to take on the Edinburgh territory. Guy and Jack started their OAKA Vending in the midst of COVID in 2020 and have installed 15 machines across Edinburgh in under 2 years. Following the success of Edinburgh, Guy has now decided to partner up with other like-minded individuals to bring OAKA Vending to Manche...

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Greenwich-based businesswoman Amrit Rahi is celebrating her fifth anniversary with in-home and online tutoring company, Tutor Doctor. Using the pandemic to advance her operations, Amrit has established herself as an important part of improving the wellbeing of children and students in south-east London, as well as providing high-quality and personalised educational experiences. At the beginning of the pandemic, a sudden and unexpected change in circumstances left Amrit very much fending for he...

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After 22 successful years in HR, David Walker became a travel consultant with The Travel Franchise and with zero experience just made over a million in commission. David had a highly successful 22 year career working abroad in HR. But, on returning to the UK, he discovered that path was something he was no longer interested in pursuing. After much deliberation, he decided he’d love to open his own travel agency. There were just a few problems: Despite being well travelled, he’d never sold a...

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In late October 2021, Sean Connaughton organised a webinar, primarily using social media and email invitations to business directors of organisations in Scotland. It attracted over 70 attendees and led to multiple meetings through November and into early 2022, the majority of which are still in progress. So far, Sean has signed up five new clients, for whom he will manage their carbon management planning, in line with the British Standards Institute (BSI) verified PAS 2060 standard. The standar...

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Brian Skinner launched his Agency Express franchise in August 2020. With many years’ experience in owning and developing a successful family business, Brian had reached a point in his life where he was ready for a change in direction.Like many others, Brain had begun his journey in to franchising during the COVID-19 pandemic, but confident in his decision to sell his business and buy a franchise he continued undeterred.After spending 15 years developing a family business from scratch in the Eque...

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Spending long periods of time working for other people can lead many to want to start their own business. Some feel destined to be entrepreneurs, in control of their own workload and driven to achieve success. This is the case for Arran Benstead. Having spent some time working at a brake linings factory following university, he was in no doubt that his future involved working for himself. 20 years later, he’s never looked back.Pursuing a passionHaving always been interested in working on cars, A...

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Julian Rolfe is no stranger to running his own business. The avid sports fan and savvy businessman, who sold his share of a previous business two years ago, acquired the Oxfordshire Optic-Kleer territory in early 2021.As someone who has real passion for business, but equally loves spending time with his family, the work-life balance available with the Optic-Kleer franchise was exactly what Julian had been looking for.“I went straight into employment out of school. Working my way up, I was with t...

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Laurence has been a franchisee with Optic-Kleer since 2015. He operates his franchise in around the areas of Swindon, Newbury, Marlborough and Oxford.Previously, Laurence worked for many years as a parts manager for a well- known German car manufacturer.How did you first hear about Optic-Kleer?I first heard about Optic-Kleer when I bumped into an ex-manager of mine who I used to work with years ago. He was actually working in a carpark, at a store just down the road from where I was working. Som...

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