Training Manager Expands his own Franchise


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