A Bath businessman has seen a ten per cent increase in business activity this year, a decade after he set up in business.
Ovenu Bath averages around 15 oven valets a week, with Patrick Church, owner of Ovenu Bath, reaching almost 700 cleans since August last year – a ten per cent increase on the same time last year.
Patrick, 49, is now planning to expand his business by hiring a sub-contractor.
Patrick said: “Business has been really good to me over the years even during the recession, as I am constantly kept busy, and above all I thoroughly enjoy my work. Although I am happy operating by myself, I have thought about the idea of expanding and I would be open to the idea of taking on a sub-contractor in the near future.”
Patrick previously worked at a printing ink manufacturer for 16 years, before taking voluntarily redundancy and going on to shift work for a dairy processing plant.
The chance to manage his own schedule to fit around his family commitments is what attracted Patrick to franchising and Ovenu in particular.
Patrick added: “Shift work was not ideal for me as it conflicted with my family commitments, so I was eager to find work that would suit my needs. After researching the market, it was Ovenu that appealed to me the most and I have not looked back since.”
Ovenu Bath provides environmentally-friendly oven valeting to homes, letting agencies and commercial properties in the Bath area and surrounding towns and villages, including Bradford on Avon, Frome , Wells, Shepton Mallet, Peasedown St John, Midsomer Norton, Paulton, Farrington Gurney, Temple Cloud, Clutton, Pensford and Bishop Sutton.
Rik Hellewell, managing director of Ovenu, said: “I am delighted for Patrick that he has reached such a significant landmark, which just goes to show that committed people can succeed by using Ovenu’s franchise model.
“Despite some tough economic conditions, Patrick’s business has thrived and I would like to wish him all the best for the future.”
Patrick’s brother, Mark, is owner of Ovenu North Somerset after starting out in business last September.