Russell Hudson joined Revive! in 2006 after previously working for a software company as an Account Manager.
“I had been working an excessive number of hours for a long time and as my wife was also in a high-powered job, we both knew what hard work was. When we started our family, we both wanted a lifestyle change and I fancied the challenge of being my own boss and making sure my hard work benefitted my family not my employer.”
Having made the choice to become self-employed, Russell looked immediately at franchise opportunities as he understood that the support of a good franchisor would help him achieve success more quickly.
“I saw an article about Revive! in a magazine and the brand really caught my eye.
I had always had an interest in cars and engines so it made sense to choose something in the automotive industry. Revive! just fitted the bill. I could see that Revive! had a clear plan about where they wanted to go and what type of franchisee they were looking for. I thought it was a good fit and I have been proven right!”
Since 2006, Russell has grown his business to a fleet of 10 vans and is working towards reaching the £1m turnover mark.
“I can’t say it’s been an easy ride but I have certainly enjoyed it and achieved what I set out to achieve. I really don’t like seeing adverts selling franchises that make it look easy. Your franchisor doesn’t have a magic wand that can make you successful – only you can do that! But a good franchisor will work hard developing their brand and their processes, allowing you time to concentrate on getting work in your local market.”
Franchisee Ian Scott spent ten years as business development manager for a training company beforedeciding Revive! was the business for him.
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.
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.
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.