Former Builder Scrubs up with New Venture

Former builder Andy Neal from Barton on Sea is set to build on the foundations of professional oven-valeting franchise, Ovenu Southampton after taking over the business from former franchisee Terry Nash.

Andy, 33, will now manage and direct the operations of the business that serves customers throughout the West of Southampton and the New Forest.

Andy takes on the franchise after nine years working within the building trade in London. After hearing that former franchisee Terry Nash was looking to retire, Andy asked for first refusal on the business as he was looking for a new challenge. Ovenu Franchisee Southampton

Since being founded in 1994, Ovenu’s environmentally-friendly service attracts over 55,000 clients a year. The franchise model has been successfully replicated around the world, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

The valeting service involves dismantling key components of an oven and placing them into design-registered equipment, which uses non-caustic products to clean the oven parts. The whole process takes around three hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate condition.

Andy said: “After spending many years working within the building trade in London, I wanted a change and began to look for opportunities for local work in my area. I knew Terry through friends and heard that he was looking to retire so took the opportunity to ask him for first refusal on the business.
“I’m used to visiting people’s houses as a builder and enjoy being my own boss so I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“The business is well established and has great potential. I hope to expand the customer area within the next six months.”

Rik Hellewell, Managing Director of Ovenu said: “Andy is a hardworking man and it’s great to have him join our team. His sound business knowledge can be transferred across to running a very successful franchise.

“Franchising is about working within a business with the support, back up and advice of a larger network behind you. Our franchise network continues to thrive. Andy’s experience will set him in good stead for developing a strong and successful business.”

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