Like many people, I was always under the impression that Facebook was built for the younger generation to use for chatting among themselves, share media etc., but little did I realise that more of the older generation, and businesses, were starting to use the social media site. Continue reading
The Place to be for a good Catch Up …
Proceedings started with a delicious buffet lunch on the Friday and gave the delegates an excellent opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues from the entire UK network of franchisees.
Following the hearty buffet, the ‘fun & games’ began with a choice of either 18 holes of golf on the PGA approved course on the hotel grounds or, for those who preferred something a little less arduous, the opportunity to take aim in a laser-clay shooting competition.
Both of the events proved extremely popular and entertaining whilst giving delegates & guests the chance to maybe chat to colleagues that they hadn’t met before or hadn’t seen for a while. In either case, a brilliant way to spend some quality time with like-minded company.
Prizes were awarded to the winners and runners-up from the earlier events during the 4 course dinner on Friday night with Stewart ‘Bandit’ Turkington picking up the trophy for the golf having amassed 39 stableford points and Drew ‘Hot-Shot’ Bennett (pictured left) collected the Winner’s Trophy for the shooting from Ovenu MD, Rik Hellewell.
During coffee, the theme of ‘Catching Up’ was continued with what can best be described as a ‘very competitive’ session of Rally Driving on the twin Sega simulators especially hired by Ovenu HQ for the evening.
Not only were delegates driving for the Fastest Lap Award but there was also a prize for the Championship Winning Table with drivers from each dinner table competing against each other to win points. The winners were announced after three plus hours of exhilarating (if not dangerous) driving, spectacular overtaking manoeuvres and some spine-tingling ‘accidents’!
The Saturday morning welcomed the ‘Day Delegates’ from across the UK who quickly availed themselves to the ‘Catch Up Workshops’ that had been requested by the franchisees themselves. Topics included Social Media, New Van Deals, Franchise Re-sales and many more.
The ‘Workshops’ were designed to be a relaxed and mainly informal way for delegates to bring themselves right up-to-date with a number of important business developments and innovations that Ovenu have introduced over the past months.
Rik Hellewell, Ovenu MD explains … “In a rapidly developing digital world that businesses all now trade in, we feel that it’s very important indeed for all of our franchisees to be fully up-to-speed in all aspects of their business and there is no better way to ensure this than hosting events and meetings like this.
Granted, it’s easy enough to send out conference emails, instruction videos and the likes, but there’s still nothing better in my opinion than some good ‘old-fashioned’ mentoring BY real people FOR real people!”
The ‘buzz’ from the workshop event carried on through lunch right up to the start of the more formal conference meeting and announcements.
Delegates were introduced to our guests from overseas who included Janet and Bernard Bannon, our Master Franchisees in Australia. They also got to meet our guest from Scandinavia who presented a most excellent (and amusing) series of topics for future consideration by the entire global Ovenu network.
Formal proceedings were brought to a close after which many delegates stayed on to enjoy many more discussions and networking with colleagues from near and far. Some franchisees who hadn’t been able to attend a national meeting for a while expressed a very strong desire to come to every event in the future as they had thoroughly enjoyed this year’s proceedings so much and many regular attendees suggested that the event this year was the best they had been to!
Rik Hellewell (pictured left) concludes … “In the modern world it might seem a bit ‘yesterday’ to hold regular meetings with human beings but, successful franchising is all about people, personalities & professionalism and when you combine all of these in one place at one time the benefits are crystal clear for all to see.
Organising these huge events does take an enormous amount of time, effort and resource but this all pails into insignificance when you experience, first hand, the brand enforcement and enhanced knowledge that franchisees leave with. Ultimately, gatherings such as this are simply a pleasure to arrange and attend and I look forward to ‘catching up’ with everybody again – soon.”
Our Ashford franchisee, who took a risk when starting out in business during the recession, is celebrating a successful five years in business. Continue reading
AGE NO BARRIER FOR SUCCESSFUL MACCLESFIELD OLDERPRENEUR WHO IS TO ‘HANG UP HIS GLOVES’
Alan Cordwell, owner of Ovenu Macclesfield & Stockport, is now on the lookout for two new recruits to hand over the reins to after 12 years in business. Continue reading
But there is something way more important than having the most spectacular website in the world – visitors. A super website is all well and good but if nobody sees it then what’s the point? Continue reading
It’s a good feeling when you find something online that underlines and emphasises something you’ve been rattling on about for decades and today just happens to be one of those days! This article is in respect of ‘setting the standards’.
Our philosophy over the past 20 years or so has been based on the old adage that ‘if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing properly’; a theory that we’ve always put into practice enabling us to produce the finest results for our clients over the years Continue reading
Richard racks up 10,000 cleans in record time!
Our thriving West Yorkshire business has reached a significant milestone, just six years since its formation.
Ovenu West Yorkshire, which covers Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield, has completed 10,000 oven valets since 2008 – a spectacular achievement in the depths of a recession! Continue reading
We’re delighted to have achieved the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2008, for the SEVENTH consecutive year and we’re still the only business in our sector to hold this important accreditation.
The latest independent assessment was conducted by the British Assessment Bureau a leading Certification Body and demonstrates our continuing commitment to customer service and quality in delivery.
We’ve again earned the right to display the coveted British Assessment Bureau Quality Shield and ISO 9001:2008 logo to demonstrate our conformance to the standard. Continue reading
WOKINGHAM OVEN VALETER EXPANDS HIS OPERATION AS BUSINESS HEATS UP
Our well-established Wokingham businessman has expanded his environmentally-friendly oven valeting business with the addition of a sub-contractor, after experiencing ‘sizzling’ levels of business activity.
Adam Penniston, owner of Ovenu Wokingham, has seen his business go from strength to strength, and, to keep up with this rising demand, has employed Nathan Thorner to assist with the day-to-day duties.
Adam, 47, has been in business with Ovenu for 17 years, and is also the national training manager for the company, having been one of its first franchisees.
Adam said: “I have known Nathan for many years and I have every confidence in his ability and work ethic, which will help move the business forward. He is the right man for the job, and this will now allow me to focus more on my duties as national training manager at Ovenu. I am excited by this appointment and look forward to working with Nathan for many years to come.”
Nathan, who used to work in the pub trade before joining Ovenu, has known Adam’s family for many years, as he is best friends with Ryan, his son, who owns Ovenu Maidenhead, and was best man at Ryan’s wedding.
Nathan, 24, said: “I am raring to go and having worked in a pub for many years, I am good at dealing with customers, which is a massive advantage. Having seen Ryan’s business flourish, I was keen to get involved in this line of work, and I am grateful to Adam for allowing me this opportunity.
“The job will be hard, and will involve a lot of physical work, but it will be rewarding, and I am looking forward to working with Adam and enhancing his business.”
Ovenu Wokingham delivers its oven valeting service to homes, landlords, schools and businesses throughout the Wokingham area, as well as in Finchampstead, Arborfield, Twyford and Wargrave.
Rik Hellewell, founder and managing director of Ovenu, said: “I am delighted for Adam that his business is thriving, which has afforded him the chance to expand. Nathan’s people skills and enthusiasm will put him in good stead for the job, and I would like to welcome him to Ovenu, and wish Adam’s business all the best.”
Our Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves and placing them into design-registered tank equipment, which uses safe, non-caustic products to clean the oven parts. The whole process takes around three to four hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate condition.
For more information about Ovenu, or to make a booking with Adam, call 01183 290 163 or visit www.ovenuwokingham.net/
OVENU YEOVIL SEES ROOM FOR EXPANSION FOLLOWING INCREASED DEMAND
Our Yeovil oven valeting business is planning to clean up in new surroundings after expanding its operation following an increase in business activity.
Ovenu Yeovil, which is owned by Martin McNeill, will now cover the entire West Wiltshire area with the support of a sub-contractor to keep up with the increased demand.
Andrew Burden (pictured), 45, who has more than 20 years’ experience in retail management, will expand the business by covering the West Wiltshire area with Martin operating in and around Yeovil.
Martin, 43, who has been in business for the past eight years, averages 15 oven valets a week, but now expects to increase this figure to at least 25 with the help of Andrew.
Martin said: “The business has been doing extremely well over the years, so the time was right to hire a sub-contractor to help with the day-to-day duties. I am delighted that someone as enthusiastic as Andrew is on board, which will help with the growth of the business.”
Andrew added: “The chance to manage my own schedule was important to me and I am delighted to be part of the operation, which gives me this opportunity. Having worked in retail for so long it was time for a change, and I am now looking forward to working with Martin and serving West Wiltshire.”
Ovenu Yeovil delivers its environmentally-friendly oven valeting service to homes and estate agents throughout Yeovil, including the surrounding towns and villages, as well as the entire West Wiltshire area.
Rik Hellewell, founder of Ovenu, said: “I am delighted for Martin and the success he has enjoyed in his small business. This expansion is excellent news and will put the business in good stead going forward with the addition of an experienced colleague. I would like to wish both Martin and Andrew all the best for the future.”
Our Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves and placing them into design-registered tank equipment, which uses safe, non-caustic products to clean the oven parts. The whole process takes around three to four hours and leaves the oven, hob and extractor in immaculate condition.
For more information about Ovenu, or to make a booking with Martin or Andrew, call: 01747 835 830, or visit: www.ovenuyeovil.net