Michal Lepiarz and his partner Irmina Kowalska opened Revive! Basingstoke in 2013. When he left Poland in 2006 to put his car painting skills to good use he had no idea that in just a few short years he would be re-united with his childhood sweetheart and owning their own profitable business.
“I was surprised to learn that Irmina had also moved to the UK through a Polish social media website. The romance was rekindled and we realised that our goals and ambitions were very similar. We both wanted to make a success of our careers and after being together for a year or so we decided to set up in business together. Being so young we had very little experience of how to run a business so it made sense to follow a proven business model. Painting cars is my passion and all that I knew so we researched the options and Revive! stood out a mile.
We went down the franchise route as we were both under 30 with very little business experience it made sense to buy into a proven business modeI. In our first month, our sales set a new record for Revive! that has yet to be beaten. Our turnover has trebled since we first started.’’
Irmina manages the administrative side whereas Michal looks after the operational aspects and their two employees.
“Whilst being my own boss wasn't something I ever considered in the early days I have always had a drive to be the best at everything I do.’’
The couple’s aim is to build a bigger business. Their five-year plan shows Revive! Basingstoke having a total of three to four vans on the road and opening another workshop in Fleet to expand its services within that area.
Russell Hudson joined Revive! in 2006 after previously working for a software company as an Account Manager.
After 23 years as chef in the Royal Logistics Corps, Stuart was ready for a change and a new challenge.
Anthony Wilcock gave up a career in the city in 2012 to become his own boss.
Steve Thatcher set up Revive! Portsmouth in 2004.
Fatherhood and fate led Jonny Pearson to Revive!
Mike Haselden bought Revive! Chester in 2005 and now employs six technicians and runs a fleet of six vans.
Eifion Watkins has opened in North Wales bringing a top-quality Welsh speaking mobile service to car dealerships and private motorists in the region.
Mike Gowland is the latest to sign up to a Revive! management franchise.
Revive!’s newest franchisee, Graham Cunningham, is embarking on his fourth major career change at an age when many people are looking forward to retirement!
Having worked with the Revive! team for a little time now, it is great to know that there is always someone at the end of the phone to help with technical support or just general advice of how to continue developing my business.
The fact that head office does the accounts and administration for me is really helpful. Also Revive! has a national website where I get a lot of my leads from.Dan Normanton
The Revive! Directors have many years experience in the Smart Repair sector and two of the Directors run their own highly successful Revive! franchises.
Revive! are the first company in the Smart Repair sector to implement the use of Water Based paints ahead of legislation that will restrict the use of environmentally damaging solvent based paints.
Revive are the first full member of the British Franchise Association in their industry sector.