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Domino’s staff help local animal charity


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from Domino’s have helped to rejuvenate the dog kennels, makeover the reception area and now create a new animal handover area.


Karina Collins, operations director for HULA said: “We were amazed at just what the staff from Domino’s managed to achieve in one day. Their help has been invaluable to us and we are overwhelmed by their generosity and hard work. “We are so pleased with the final


 Staff from Domino’s Pizza’s head office recently paid a trip to HULA (Home for Unwanted and Lost Animals), to volunteer their services in helping the charity to create an animal reception area.


HULA wanted to use the two spare


rooms in their back office facility to create a new animal handover area. They needed help to de-clutter and decorate these rooms so they were fit for use and called on Domino’s help. Domino’s Pizza has been an active supporter of this local animal charity for three years. During this time volunteers


result and feel we can really benefit from this change. We have wanted to create a space for the purpose of animal handovers for some time now. This new area will ensure that people can come and collect their new pets in peace, away from the main reception. The animal will be more relaxed and the process in general will be a lot more professional.” Angie Lawrence, PR officer for Domino’s said: “As a company we encourage all our team members to donate a day to helping out a local charity. I visited HULA not so long ago to adopt two cats and I have established a good relationship with them ever since.”


Wilkins Chimney Sweep expands its franchise network


 Man-in-a-van franchise Wilkins Chimney Sweep is delighted to announce the signing of its fourth franchisee, having recently awarded a territory to former Police and Trading Standards Officer John Parker. John’s territory will be Malvern and Worcester, joining the three existing franchisees based in Brighton and Worthing, Cambridge and the Black Country. Wilkins Chimney Sweep started trading over 117 years ago in 1895 and franchised the business in December 2010.


John, 47, says: “I was tired of my job being constantly threatened by pay


freezes and cut backs so decided to become a chimney sweep and get some control back in my life. I’m really enjoying my new venture; chimney sweeping is not your ‘run of the mill’ profession but with the huge increase in energy prices and more people using open fires and wood-burners to heat their homes, there’s been a definite increase in trade and it made good business sense to be part of that trend.”


Louise Harris, franchise director at Wilkins Chimney Sweep added: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome John to the Wilkins Chimney Sweep team and will be working closely with him over the next few months.”


 Former IT manager Adam McCaig, 44 took a complete change of career


direction, by setting up a Revive! franchise in Slough, repairing minor damage and scuffs on vehicles and alloy wheels.


Started out: I was working as an IT manager for the National Health Service but I’d always enjoyed fixing up and looking after cars. I had been looking for something new for a couple of years and whenever I spoke to friends in the same position as me I always advised them to start their own business. I eventually decided to take my own advice and started looking at various franchises. I liked the idea of being my own boss, but with the reassurance of following a proven business model combined with ongoing support from head office. I decided to go with Revive! because I have always been interested in cars and liked the fact that the company has led the way in getting ATA accreditation for cosmetic smart repair. I have very high standards and wanted to be involved with a top quality business. I decided to take on a Revive! franchise in the area around Slough and after a month of training I was raring to go.


Today: I am a people person and I am also very practical and hands- on so the Revive! franchise suits me down to the ground. It was a big decision to make but my girlfriend backed me a hundred per cent and I just decided to go for it. I specialise in dealing with unsightly scrapes and marks on most makes of cars and vans with next to no fuss and at highly competitive rates. I can travel to anywhere in Slough and the surrounding area and can carry out the work at a customer’s home or place of work.


To find out more about running a franchise with Revive! visit www. revive-uk.com


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