Meet our Award-Winning Franchisees…

Revive! East Anglia – Nathan

 

Nathan Holmes started Revive! Cambridge in 2007. He’d been working as a utility meter reader and was ready for a change. It was time for him to be his own boss and as a car enthusiast the Revive! opportunity seemed to be the perfect choice.

After training at head office he took to the road and picked up dealership business in the very first week. Looking to expand Revive! Cambridge further in 2012, ambitious Nathan offered Andy Blackhurst and Adam Holmes the opportunity to buy into the business. Andy was his first employee and Adam Holmes a long-time friend. Although Adam and Nathan share the same surname and live in the same village, they aren’t actually related.

In 2016 the company changed name due to their rapid territory expansion and are now known as Revive! East Anglia.

“I couldn’t achieve what I wanted to achieve by working for other people. I wanted control of my own destiny” said Nathan.

Back in 2012 the company had a 5 year plan to hit a target of £500,000 sales turnover. In 2015 the company exceeded their target and turned over £685,000. The trio have now re-evaluated their target and are planning to hit the £2 million mark by 2020.

Revive! East Anglia – Double bfa Award Winners – Adam Holmes

 

Revive! West Lincs, East Lincs and Nottinghamshire – Russell Hudson

 

Russell Hudson joined Revive! UK in 2006 after previously working for a software company as an Account Manager.

“I was doing a lot of mileage and spending a lot of nights away from home which is why I wanted to change” said Russell. “Moving from a well-paid career to starting up on your own was daunting which made the franchise route so appealing because it is established and it has a better chance of succeeding.”

Since 2006, Russell has grown his business to a team of 8 and is looking to hit the £1 million turnover mark in the next 18 months. Eventually Russell wants to step back from his business and bring in a management team which will allow him to spend even more time with his family.

Revive! Guildford – Life After the Army for Jay Belam

 

After 12 years in the Army first as a Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer and then as part of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, Jay Belam wanted a new challenge. He could see his military career mapped out neatly before him and spending the rest of his working life travelling along a predictable path no longer appealed. He decided the time was right to shake things up a bit and take his chances in Civvy Street.

As he had no previous business experience it made sense to look at franchising and after considerable research given his REME background and love of cars he chose leading mobile vehicle paintwork repairer Revive! setting up Revive! Guildford in 2011. Jay’s business is now one of the top performing Revive! territories repairing scuffs and scrapes to vehicle bodywork and alloy wheels for car dealerships and members of the public.

“I knew I didn’t want to work for anyone else and had always fancied being my own boss but didn’t have the knowledge or experience to set up on my own from scratch, so It made complete sense to follow a proven franchise business model.”

Jay’s army career took him to Bosnia and Afghanistan. He believes his military background and discipline gives him the confidence to deal with any scenario thrown his way which has been a great asset for life outside the forces. Said James: “The environment in the army was much harder than anything I have to deal with running my business. I learned how to communicate with people at all levels which makes it easy for me to go into big dealerships and interact with customers.

“Painting cars in the rain, wind and snow is nothing compared to Afghanistan!”

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing. One of Jay’s biggest challenges has been employing people and learning how to manage staff in a civilian environment. He explained: “I learned very early on that not everybody in the world wants to be treated like a soldier! I had a very military mind-set. I had to realise that whilst even the worst soldiers are extremely disciplined, civilians react completely differently. It took me a while to adapt and change my attitude.”

But his new approach clearly paid off. Now Jay runs a fleet of five vans and a workshop where vehicles from busy trade customers are repaired. He has grown his turnover year on year and has just signed another five year franchise agreement with Revive!

“Head office could see before I could that my business had taken off so well I needed to expand to keep up the momentum. They guided me step by step through the whole process of financing a new van and recruiting Adam my first employee. Their support and confidence in me gave me the impetus I need to take such a big step – and I am really glad I did.”

More expansion is planned for Revive! Guildford. Over the next five years Jay wants to double the size of his business to 10 vans. “Three or four months ago I realised that it had got to the point that I’m no longer just an ex-army bloke who paints cars – I’ve got a business that’s going places. That really gave me a confidence boost and spurred me on to adding my fifth van.

“Taking on a franchise has definitely been the right thing for me. Without a doubt the backup and ongoing business support I have received from Revive! head office has enabled me to achieve significant growth and see a very bright future.”

Adam Smith

From ‘one man in a van’ to a twelve-strong fleet, Adam Smith has come a long way since launching his Revive! franchise in 2008 with his fiancée and co-owner, Kim Richardson.

Adam studied Organic Chemistry at The University of Bristol, achieving a 2:1, before joining an American pharmaceutical company in Harlow.  It was here that he met Kim, who was doing a placement at the company during the final year of a Bio-chemistry degree.

After spending twelve months travelling the world together, the pair decided it was time to return to the UK. Having already experienced redundancy working in the big business of pharmaceuticals, Adam perceived early on that a ‘job for life’ doesn’t exist anymore. He set out to be his own boss and opted to buy a franchise knowing that a proven business model was the best way to start working for himself.

Adam sought advice from his father Peter, a business consultant for Revive!, the leading provider of top quality smart repairs. He suggested Adam meet Revive! Director Mark Llewellyn since he knew his son had a keen interest in cars and thought he might enjoy running a car-related business.

Following a successful meeting with the franchisor, Adam realised that Revive! offered a business model that fitted directly into his personal plans. Within his first month of joining Revive! Adam had set a record for the highest monthly sales turnover in the opening month achieving over £6,000. Fast-forward a few years, Adam is still setting records, with a recent month’s turnover topping £85,000.

With twelve full-time employees, the mainstay of the business is long-term relationships with car dealerships. Some of these dealerships were brought on during their first week trading seven years ago, a testament to the team’s reliability and dedication. Adam has expanded his territory to now cover most of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire as well Milton Keynes.

Year on year his Revive! business has seen a significant increase in turnover achieving £589,000 in May 2015 and £725,000 in May 2016. With continued hard work Adam believes they may hit the £1M mark by the end of the year.

Adam credits the franchisor for their continued support and says as franchise owners they are encouraged and supported by the Revive! central team to grow their business and their profitability.

“On- going training is a key aspect of Revive! UK. All Revive! technicians are given the opportunity to be put through the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme meaning we will continue to lead the way in delivering top quality service to customers, setting us apart from competitors in a tough marketplace.”

Meet Mike Haselden Revive! Franchisee of the year 2017

 In the past twelve months Mike Haselden has achieved an impressive 40% rise in sales year on year making Revive! Chester the top performing territory in the Northern region.

He bought Revive! Chester 13 years ago after hearing about the opportunity from a friend who was already a Revive! franchisee and now employs four technicians and runs a fleet of five vans.

At the time Mike was working in sales for a tool hire company. He was ready for a new challenge and the chance to give his family a secure financial future.

He said: “Being my own boss fell in line with the great opportunity to gain a skill in repairing cars. I liked the idea of organising my own workload and diary as well as gaining the flexibility of working hours, but the lightbulb moment came for me a few years later when I realised that I could achieve even more by taking on more people and expand the business.”

And as his business grew Mike was invited to join the Revive! High Achievers Group, a mentoring and training initiative run by Revive!’s head office support team to help Revive! franchisees grow and develop their expanding businesses.

“This has been great for me, as you get to see how the larger franchisees are running their business and learn how they got there, as well as giving you the extra push to keep moving forward,” commented Mike.

“Owning my Revive! business means a lot to me as I get to provide for my family the way I want to, and the growth brings new challenges along the way.

Mike was presented with the 2017 Franchisee of the Year Award at the Revive! annual conference which gives franchisees the opportunity to get together each year to hear how Revive! is performing, see the latest products from suppliers and share best practice.

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Meet our Award-Winning Franchisees…

Revive! East Anglia – Nathan

Nathan Holmes started Revive! Cambridge in 2007. He’d been working as a utility meter reader and was ready for a change. It was time for him to be his own boss and as a car enthusiast the Revive! opportunity seemed to be the perfect choice.

After training at head office he took to the road and picked up dealership business in the very first week. Looking to expand Revive! Cambridge further in 2012, ambitious Nathan offered Andy Blackhurst and Adam Holmes the opportunity to buy into the business. Andy was his first employee and Adam Holmes a long-time friend. Although Adam and Nathan share the same surname and live in the same village, they aren’t actually related.

In 2016 the company changed name due to their rapid territory expansion and are now known as Revive! East Anglia.

“I couldn’t achieve what I wanted to achieve by working for other people. I wanted control of my own destiny” said Nathan.

Back in 2012 the company had a 5 year plan to hit a target of £500,000 sales turnover. In 2015 the company exceeded their target and turned over £685,000. The trio have now re-evaluated their target and are planning to hit the £2 million mark by 2020.

Revive! East Anglia – Double bfa Award Winners – Adam Holmes

Revive! West Lincs, East Lincs and Nottinghamshire – Russell Hudson

Russell Hudson joined Revive! UK in 2006 after previously working for a software company as an Account Manager.

“I was doing a lot of mileage and spending a lot of nights away from home which is why I wanted to change” said Russell. “Moving from a well-paid career to starting up on your own was daunting which made the franchise route so appealing because it is established and it has a better chance of succeeding.”

Since 2006, Russell has grown his business to a team of 8 and is looking to hit the £1 million turnover mark in the next 18 months. Eventually Russell wants to step back from his business and bring in a management team which will allow him to spend even more time with his family.

Revive! Guildford – Life After the Army for Jay Belam

After 12 years in the Army first as a Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer and then as part of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, Jay Belam wanted a new challenge. He could see his military career mapped out neatly before him and spending the rest of his working life travelling along a predictable path no longer appealed. He decided the time was right to shake things up a bit and take his chances in Civvy Street.

As he had no previous business experience it made sense to look at franchising and after considerable research given his REME background and love of cars he chose leading mobile vehicle paintwork repairer Revive! setting up Revive! Guildford in 2011. Jay’s business is now one of the top performing Revive! territories repairing scuffs and scrapes to vehicle bodywork and alloy wheels for car dealerships and members of the public.

“I knew I didn’t want to work for anyone else and had always fancied being my own boss but didn’t have the knowledge or experience to set up on my own from scratch, so It made complete sense to follow a proven franchise business model.”

Jay’s army career took him to Bosnia and Afghanistan. He believes his military background and discipline gives him the confidence to deal with any scenario thrown his way which has been a great asset for life outside the forces. Said James: “The environment in the army was much harder than anything I have to deal with running my business. I learned how to communicate with people at all levels which makes it easy for me to go into big dealerships and interact with customers.

“Painting cars in the rain, wind and snow is nothing compared to Afghanistan!”

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing. One of Jay’s biggest challenges has been employing people and learning how to manage staff in a civilian environment. He explained: “I learned very early on that not everybody in the world wants to be treated like a soldier! I had a very military mind-set. I had to realise that whilst even the worst soldiers are extremely disciplined, civilians react completely differently. It took me a while to adapt and change my attitude.”

But his new approach clearly paid off. Now Jay runs a fleet of five vans and a workshop where vehicles from busy trade customers are repaired. He has grown his turnover year on year and has just signed another five year franchise agreement with Revive!

“Head office could see before I could that my business had taken off so well I needed to expand to keep up the momentum. They guided me step by step through the whole process of financing a new van and recruiting Adam my first employee. Their support and confidence in me gave me the impetus I need to take such a big step – and I am really glad I did.”

More expansion is planned for Revive! Guildford. Over the next five years Jay wants to double the size of his business to 10 vans. “Three or four months ago I realised that it had got to the point that I’m no longer just an ex-army bloke who paints cars – I’ve got a business that’s going places. That really gave me a confidence boost and spurred me on to adding my fifth van.

“Taking on a franchise has definitely been the right thing for me. Without a doubt the backup and ongoing business support I have received from Revive! head office has enabled me to achieve significant growth and see a very bright future.”

Adam Smith

From ‘one man in a van’ to a twelve-strong fleet, Adam Smith has come a long way since launching his Revive! franchise in 2008 with his fiancée and co-owner, Kim Richardson.

Adam studied Organic Chemistry at The University of Bristol, achieving a 2:1, before joining an American pharmaceutical company in Harlow.  It was here that he met Kim, who was doing a placement at the company during the final year of a Bio-chemistry degree.

After spending twelve months travelling the world together, the pair decided it was time to return to the UK. Having already experienced redundancy working in the big business of pharmaceuticals, Adam perceived early on that a ‘job for life’ doesn’t exist anymore. He set out to be his own boss and opted to buy a franchise knowing that a proven business model was the best way to start working for himself.

Adam sought advice from his father Peter, a business consultant for Revive!, the leading provider of top quality smart repairs. He suggested Adam meet Revive! Director Mark Llewellyn since he knew his son had a keen interest in cars and thought he might enjoy running a car-related business.

Following a successful meeting with the franchisor, Adam realised that Revive! offered a business model that fitted directly into his personal plans. Within his first month of joining Revive! Adam had set a record for the highest monthly sales turnover in the opening month achieving over £6,000. Fast-forward a few years, Adam is still setting records, with a recent month’s turnover topping £85,000.

With twelve full-time employees, the mainstay of the business is long-term relationships with car dealerships. Some of these dealerships were brought on during their first week trading seven years ago, a testament to the team’s reliability and dedication. Adam has expanded his territory to now cover most of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire as well Milton Keynes.

Year on year his Revive! business has seen a significant increase in turnover achieving £589,000 in May 2015 and £725,000 in May 2016. With continued hard work Adam believes they may hit the £1M mark by the end of the year.

Adam credits the franchisor for their continued support and says as franchise owners they are encouraged and supported by the Revive! central team to grow their business and their profitability.

“On- going training is a key aspect of Revive! UK. All Revive! technicians are given the opportunity to be put through the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme meaning we will continue to lead the way in delivering top quality service to customers, setting us apart from competitors in a tough marketplace.”

Meet Mike Haselden Revive! Franchisee of the year 2017

 In the past twelve months Mike Haselden has achieved an impressive 40% rise in sales year on year making Revive! Chester the top performing territory in the Northern region.

He bought Revive! Chester 13 years ago after hearing about the opportunity from a friend who was already a Revive! franchisee and now employs four technicians and runs a fleet of five vans.

At the time Mike was working in sales for a tool hire company. He was ready for a new challenge and the chance to give his family a secure financial future.

He said: “Being my own boss fell in line with the great opportunity to gain a skill in repairing cars. I liked the idea of organising my own workload and diary as well as gaining the flexibility of working hours, but the lightbulb moment came for me a few years later when I realised that I could achieve even more by taking on more people and expand the business.”

And as his business grew Mike was invited to join the Revive! High Achievers Group, a mentoring and training initiative run by Revive!’s head office support team to help Revive! franchisees grow and develop their expanding businesses.

“This has been great for me, as you get to see how the larger franchisees are running their business and learn how they got there, as well as giving you the extra push to keep moving forward,” commented Mike.

“Owning my Revive! business means a lot to me as I get to provide for my family the way I want to, and the growth brings new challenges along the way.

Mike was presented with the 2017 Franchisee of the Year Award at the Revive! annual conference which gives franchisees the opportunity to get together each year to hear how Revive! is performing, see the latest products from suppliers and share best practice.

The Revive! Team

It’s a cliché we know but Revive! really is all about our people. We’ve combined expert knowledge with a pioneering spirit to bring a superior bodywork repair service to customers nationwide.

Get More Information

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