No stranger to franchising, Jonny Pearson was previously group sales manager for the énergie Group fitness franchise and set up the company’s first club in Poland before co-founding another successful polish fitness brand, Vitality Boutique Fitness.
But then his daughter was born and he realised that he was spending so much time commuting to Poland he was missing her growing up. And with a second child on the way he decided that it was time to take control of his own destiny, return to Scotland full time and look for a franchise opportunity where he could be his own boss.
Working within the franchise industry he had been aware of Revive! for several years, and one day was sitting in his brother’s house flicking through a franchise magazine when he saw a Revive! van parked right outside on a neighbour’s drive! Soon after he happened to see Revive!’s high ranking in the Elite league table of franchises and decided that the coincidences were too great – he had to find out how to own a Revive! territory.
“As I went through the interview process my opinion of Revive! just got higher and higher. I gave up my operational role in Vitality Boutique Fitness as I realised that to be a Revive! franchisee you have to be 100% focussed. I was delighted to be offered the Edinburgh franchise and I have continued to be impressed by the franchisor’s head office team ever since.
In my opinion the training and support Revive! offers are unique to the franchising industry. I had four weeks of intensive training that was tailored specifically to me and my own level of learning. But it didn’t stop there. Most franchisors leave you very much alone when you get into your territory but not Revive! Whenever I need advice my telephone call is returned almost immediately, and my head office operations support manager keeps in regular touch to mentor me and make sure everything is OK. There’s a real family feel to Revive! and I’m really enjoying being part of it.”
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.
Mike Haselden bought Revive! Chester in 2005 and now employs six technicians and runs a fleet of six vans.
Michal Lepiarz and his partner Irmina Kowalska opened Revive! Basingstoke in 2013.
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
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.
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 full member of the British Franchise Association in their industry sector.