After 23 years as chef in the Royal Logistics Corps, Stuart was ready for a change and a new challenge.
From day one, he knew he wanted to build a business and now, not only does the owner of Revive! Swindon have a fleet of mobile vans; he has a workshop and has expanded his business into the Chippenham territory.
“Having the opportunity to grow a business was one of the main reasons I chose Revive! They actively encourage and train you to expand and transition to become a business leader.’’
As his business grew, in 2018, Stuart decided the time was right to open a workshop to meet the increasing demand for Revive! Swindon’s services from national account, dealership and retail customers. Now his technicians can work under cover in all weathers and carry out slightly larger repairs in a unit located in a thriving industrial estate in West Swindon.
It’s important to Stuart that his staff share his commitment to quality of work and customer service. His management style is all about leading by example and he is happy to roll up his sleeves and help during busy times.
“Celebrating our success but also learning from our errors has made us stronger. The team at Revive! Swindon are a competitive bunch and are driven to exceed the previous months’ results not only because they can achieve bonus, but they can also see the opportunity growth provides in terms of investment.”
There’s no limit to Stuart’s ambition. He plans to increase the range of services offered to dealership customers with the addition of a specialist wheel van.
Looking longer term he is looking to grow his business in his newly purchased territory, Chippenham and provide career development opportunities for his team members.
“We’ve got a brilliant Revive! team both here and at head office and I believe that there is nothing we can’t achieve together.”
Russell Hudson joined Revive! in 2006 after previously working for a software company as an Account Manager.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
The Revive! Directors have many years experience in the Smart Repair sector and two of the Directors run their own highly successful Revive! franchises.