Case Studies


Paul Stokes, Winner of 'Microbusiness’ of the Year category at the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards. A former police officer from Hitchin who swapped the beat for a new career in football coaching for pre-school children has won a national business award. Paul Stokes, 40, won the ‘Microbusiness’ category at the 2015 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers, for his success with his Little Kickers franchise, which he set up in 2014. “It’s fair to say I didn...

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When Piyush Gupta was offered redundancy after 20+ years working within finance, he jumped at the opportunity. In trying to decide on his future, Piyush’s main aim was to find something that offered more fulfilment and enjoyment. Something with ‘a little bit more soul’. After evaluating his priorities and assessing his skillset, Piyush knew the direction he wanted to take. All that was left was to find the perfect role. “After my redundancy, I knew that I didn’t want to go back into the corpora...

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As demand for premium cleaning services continues to grow in Warwickshire, one new business set to become a leading contender is Bright & Beautiful, who is today launching an eco-friendly professional housekeeping business to local homeowners in and around Leamington Spa. Bright & Beautiful owner, Daniela Lozneanu, is no stranger to following proven processes and creating high standards from her time at Jaguar Land Rover as a project manager. She is determined to bring a first-class customer ex...

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With 20 years of experience in the education sector, Ipswich based Alison Chilvers has today started her new journey by swapping the classroom for the boardroom with the launch of her new eco-friendly professional housekeeping franchise, Bright & Beautiful, covering Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds and surrounds.Prior to becoming a new franchise owner, Alison enjoyed a successful career in education, teaching thousands of students at various schools across her home-county of Suffolk and Norfolk. H...

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Prior to becoming an Ovenclean Franchisee, James had a very successful career; from international event management, to Head of Fundraising for a National Charity. After a company restructure in 2012 ended in a voluntary redundancy, James began thinking about alternative, self-employed lifestyle. In 2014 James began his search into franchising after family health concerns meant he needed more control over his own life and diary.  “I wanted to be self-employed and felt that buying into a fra...

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Karina Leacock from North-Sheffield has always had a love for fashion and has always dared to be different including wearing a red leather pencil skirt at her confirmation! She is now celebrating being one of the leading personal stylists in the UK, with a thriving business built around the needs of her family.'As a little girl, I loved the thrill of going shopping and eagerly observing people’s reactions when trying on clothes they liked and didn’t. When I was old enough to make my own fashion...

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Having worked in investment banking for 14 years, Emilie personally experienced first-hand how powerful it was to wear the right colours and use style to show and strengthen her personal brand at work. “As I took on more senior roles, knowing how to dress with authority gave me confidence, particularly when presenting, and I also loved looking and feeling my best outside of work too where I could have a bit more fun with my clothes.”Emilie had her colours analysed as a 21-year-old. Whilst she en...

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As a financial services Procurement Executive, Claire Bannister from Upminster, had first-hand experience at being misunderstood because of her fashion choices, but after making a life-changing career move, Claire quickly became the most successful House of Colour consultant in the UK. Claire now has definite plans to grow her business further in 2019 and wants to help inspire, dress, empower and give confidence to hundreds more clients across the region.Whilst working in the financial sector fo...

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Gareth Simpson has been a franchisee with the Premier Education sports franchise group since its very beginning almost 20 years ago. One of the sports franchises longest-standing and most successful franchisees, with Premier’s franchise support he has managed to build a hugely impactful franchise and now provides over 40% of primary schools within his designated franchise territory of East Anglia with sport and physical activity programmes. After developing an educational programme with Cambrid...

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Arslan bought a Papa John’s Pizza Franchise in 2012 in partnership with his sister and was running the store in Tunbridge Wells. Since 2015 Arslan was looking to get out of the food industry, he explains his search for a new business opportunity, ‘As I wanted to get out of the store and away from the pizza oven, I started looking for something in the service industry and decided to look for a Franchise in Commercial Cleaning.’ In Arslan’s search for a Commercial Cleaning Company he did his...

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After working as Senior Manager in the Telecommunications sector for 14 years running a business that had a £1m turnover and building a portfolio of property development, I felt that I could combine all my skills gained to start my own business. After undertaking my due diligence and researching a number of big name franchises in various franchise sectors, I stumbled upon the Betterclean Services franchise opportunity in my search.  I was looking for something that was scalable and also fl...

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Sahadeo Narine has been a businessman for over 20 years, involved in livestock production, property rental and retail trade, all family owned and managed with the assistance of his wife, both of whom have an accounting background.  “My obvious next choice was my own retail, however, having attended a franchise seminar in the West Midlands and after perusing the BFA website we decided that a franchise will give us a great head start”. He researched franchises both within and outside the...

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