Successful entrepreneur Richard Greenwood from Halifax is set to clean up in the Yorkshire region, after becoming the new owner of professional oven-valeting firm Ovenu.
Richard will manage and direct the operations of the business that will serve customers across the Halifax and Bradford area. His ambitious plans to rapidly grow the business over the next twelve months include recruitment to expand the existing team of trained technicians.
Richard, who is a former customer himself, saw great potential in the Ovenu franchise offering. He is taking over the business from former owner Kevin Kellett, who has successfully established the company and built a customer base within the area. Kevin is leaving the business to emigrate to Australia with his family.
Since being founded in 1994, Ovenu’s environmentally-friendly service has attracted more than 100,000 customers across the UK. 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 such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves 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.
Richard takes on the franchise after a long and successful career in the steel industry. Over a period of some years, he worked his way through the ranks of a multi-national wire manufacturing group to become European Sales Manager.
A seasoned entrepreneur, Richard also has a history of success in starting and growing businesses, including launching his own wire manufacturing company in the mid-eighties. After growing the company into a multi-million pound organisation, he then successfully sold it to an international steel conglomerate in 2005.
Richard said: “I spent a lot of time looking into the various opportunities available to me and I saw great potential in the Ovenu service and franchise model.
“Original franchisee owner, Kevin Kellett, has worked very hard to establish the business in the area and I am keen to build on this and to develop it even further, with rapid expansion over the next year.
“Ovenu has established a very simple, but very effective franchise model that, with the right business acumen and commitment, can provide a very successful business opportunity with huge growth potential.”
Rik Hellewell, Managing Director of Ovenu said: “Essentially, franchising is about starting a new business with the support, back up and advice of a larger network behind you. If you add, in the case of a resale, an established client base and a respected local profile then a franchise area can become an even more attractive proposition for a new franchisee that is willing to build on the initial success.”