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Franchise Focus Managing success


Commercial cleaning services have proven to be profi table in a thriving marketplace – just ask Dublcheck


INVESTMENT LEVEL: FROM £14,000


come from? How big can I grow?” Well, Dublcheck has the answers.


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Peter Howell, from North West England, says: “I had worked for a logistics fi rm as a technical manager for over 10 years until I was made redundant in the middle of 2012. My wife, Denise, owned and ran her own sandwich shop for six years but the recession took its toll, forcing the business to close.


Dublcheck actively obtains contracts for you, and franchisees have the choice of growth options supported by a telesales team or the national sales team. Plus there is a kickstart programme for franchisees to attend where they obtain further knowledge to grow their business. All this enables franchisees to concentrate on looking after their customers, instead of wondering where the sales are going to come from.


hen considering running their own business, most people ask these questions at the very least: “Where will my business


“It’s like a brick-building business, once you have one contract, you keep building – so you know exactly what you are going to invoice every month,” says Carol Stewart- Gill, founder and chairman of Dublcheck. The UK commercial cleaning sector is worth more than £3billion and Dublcheck has seen a substantial increase in turnover, despite


the ‘doom and gloom’ climate. Why? Because everywhere you look buildings need cleaning. The Dublcheck system puts its new franchisees on the road to success by actually getting the business for them. Commercial cleaning is one of the best industries to join because the market is more recession-resistant than many others. Founded in 1993 and having been


“Dublcheck now has more than 100 franchisees and is looking for more...”


awarded the 20th Fastest Growing Private Company in the UK, according to Richard Branson’s Virgin Fast Track One Hundred and The Sunday Times, Dublcheck now has more than 100 franchisees and is looking for more capable and motivated people to join the national network and benefi t from the proven and successful business model.


Case study Peter and Denise


started looking at magazines and visiting the franchise exhibitions, to see what was out there.


“The business has doubled in size and is giving us a 30 per cent profi t per year.”


“Before these events, however, we had been mulling over what the future would likely hold and started to explore other avenues. The idea of franchising appealed as it would have all the aspects of a business opportunity with most of the risks already identifi ed and resolved. We had


“The appeal of Dublcheck for me was that we could use my managerial experiences, and Denise her customer focusing skills. In turn, Dublcheck would deliver a low-risk opportunity providing initial turnover and support and the benefi t of their 23 years in the industry. “We joined Dublcheck at the end of 2012, meeting the team, undertaking the initial training, receiving all support documentation and network access via an intranet facility for central invoicing, and meeting up with our mentor who was to be with us for the fi rst year. “Although we have invested in Dublcheck for its management business opportunity, we know our operation inside out from initially working hands on – which still happens now as we are covering for holidays and sickness.


“The business has doubled in size and is giving us a 30 per cent profi t per year, with a goal to further increase the business year on year. So happy are we with our decision that we will be renewing for another fi ve years after the current term expires at the end of 2017.” Carol Stewart-Gill, founder and chairman of Dublchek, confi rms: “With our experience and track record we can safely say that if you put in the eff ort and follow the system, the rewards with Dublcheck are there for everyone to see.”


The benefi ts of Dublcheck are: • Sales contracts provided • 23 years of experience • Low cost entry • Invoicing and cash collection • Recession-proof utility business • Rapid return on investment • Low overhead requirement • Training and ongoing support from head offi ce


• A mentor franchisee to guide and assist.


Dublcheck Commercial cleaning


Peter and Denise Howell


www.dublcheck.co.uk info@dublcheck.co.uk 0800 317 236


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Investment: £10k-£20k


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