Jonathan praises franchise model after marking 20 years with Ovenu

Jonathan Fry is enjoying a record start to the year as he marks the 20th anniversary of his business, Ovenu Bolton.

During his two decades with Ovenu, the UK’s largest oven cleaning franchise, Jonathan estimates to have restored the sparkle to more than 13,000 ovens.

2022 also proved a record year as more clients sought to avoid large outlays during the cost-of-living crisis by having their oven regularly cleaned to help extend its life span.

Jonathan, from Westhoughton, said: “It’s difficult to believe I’m marking 20 years in business, which equates to restoring around 13,000 ovens to near showroom condition.

“I still enjoy my work, which has also given me a good living. Many of my original clients remain with me, and it’s the people that make this business so enjoyable.

“We enjoyed a record 2022, largely due to householders adopting a ‘make do and mend’ attitude, and that demand continued into January.”

He previously worked in the motor trade, specialising in refurbishing and selling vans, but became an Ovenu franchisee in order to secure a more reliable income after getting married. Oven technician Steven Torrance joined the business in 2016 to help meet the growing number of enquiries.

He added: “I saw a gap in the market and was confident I could build a strong business in the Bolton area from scratch. Ovenu is an established and trusted brand and after meeting managing director Rik Hellewell, I was reassured that it was also an ethical franchise.

“Ovenu offers an extensive and practical support package that allows franchisees to focus on their clients, grow their business, and deliver great results. It’s a franchise that delivers a template for success.”

Rik Hellewell, the founder and managing director of Ovenu, said: “Jonathan is one of our longest-serving UK franchisees and is a shining example of someone who has achieved considerable success by following our tried and trusted business model, It offers the most professional, practical and profitable way to succeed in this sector – something he has ably demonstrated across 20 years.”

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