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A Watford resident’s decision to buy his own vehicle repair franchise after growing disillusioned with his corporate job has paid dividends, owing to a coveted business award nomination and chalking up impressive financial returns.
Revive! SMART Repair Franchise News
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  • BFA Membership StatusFull
  • UK Years Established20 years
  • Current UK Coverage55%
  • Franchisee Support Staff38
  • Personal Investment Req.£25,000 approx
  • Territory-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee employs staffYes
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Career change pays off for Revive! Franchise Owner

21st August 2023

Career change pays off for Revive! Franchise Owner

“The corporate world wasn’t as stable as I first thought”: career change pays off for Watford vehicle repair business owner

  • Watford resident, Tim Byrne’s, decision to buy his own vehicle repair franchise after growing disillusioned with his corporate job has proven to be a smart decision.

  • Tim, who formerly worked as a regional manager at a major vehicle repair company, decided to launch his own business after he was threatened with redundancy.

  • Since launching Revive! Watford in July 2022, the operation has generated revenues of over £275,000 and has recently been recognised as one of the best start-ups in Hertfordshire County.

A Watford resident’s decision to buy his own vehicle repair franchise after growing disillusioned with his corporate job has paid dividends, owing to a coveted business award nomination and chalking up impressive financial returns.

Led by owner Tim Byrne, Revive! Watford, which operates out of a UK-wide franchise network, has been recognised as one of the best start-up businesses in the county after being shortlisted in the Best New Business category at the SME Hertfordshire Business Awards. Tim and the team are set to discover whether they have won the overall prize at a ceremony at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel on 14 September 2023.

The judges were particularly impressed with Revive! Watford’s rapid financial growth, which has seen the firm generate more than £275,000 since launching in July 2022. This early success enabled Tim to double his team of repair technicians from 2 to 4 within the business’s first year of trading.

Revive! Watford’s strong financial growth can be credited to putting customer service at the front and centre of the business model – highlighted by the firm’s TrustPilot reviews, with 100% of customers rating the service as excellent or good.

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Tim, a father of two, has spent his whole career in the vehicle repair industry, starting as an apprentice panel beater straight out of school. He worked at a series of independent bodyshops near Watford before joining a major vehicle repair firm in 2006.

The initial idea to launch his own business came in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic in November 2020, when Tim was threatened with redundancy from his position as regional manager. This, alongside having to inform many members of his team that there would no longer be a job for them at the company, made him reconsider his career trajectory.

Tim commented: “I was in a senior position at a large company, managing a team of 45 people. I had a good salary and a company car – things I considered to be marks of success. But after seeing how dispensable I really was, and having to preside over redundancies, I realised the corporate world wasn’t as stable as I first thought.

“Not to say leaving my job was an easy decision, but after a few sleepless nights I realised that I wanted to take control of my own destiny and make a success of my own business, being able to treat my employees and customers the way I would want to be treated.”

“Since launching in the summer of last year, it has been hard work, but it has certainly been worth it. It feels so much more rewarding to build something I can put my name on and succeed on my own terms.

“I’d like to thank my team for their hard work over the last year. All of us are all looking forward to the SME Hertfordshire Business Awards final on 14 September, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Revive! Watford.”

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Another Accolade for Revive! SMART Repair FranchiseAnother Accolade for Revive! SMART Repair Franchise

12th December 2023

This accolade is the latest in a series of award wins for the UK’s leading SMART Repair Franchise company.

Revive! franchise network achieves a record £2 million monthRevive! franchise network achieves a record £2 million month

13th November 2023

This represents a 29 per cent increase on 2022 results and continues an extraordinary year for the UK’s largest SMART Repair Business.

Revive! Scoops International AwardRevive! Scoops International Award

16th October 2023

Revive! Auto Innovations has been named as one of the top three franchises in the whole of Europe.

Revive!’s Values Recognised in National and International Franchise AwardsRevive!’s Values Recognised in National and International Franchise Awards

11th September 2023

The UK’s leading smart repair network has been put forward by the BFA for the 2023 European Franchise Awards later this month.

Award Winning Mark Goes From Strength To StrengthAward Winning Mark Goes From Strength To Strength

3rd August 2023

As the owner of Revive! Belfast, Mark Pronger is running Northern Ireland’s ‘Best Start-up Business’ and is loving his new life.

Passion For Cars And Friendship Fuels Cambridge Vehicle Repair Business SuccessPassion For Cars And Friendship Fuels Cambridge Vehicle Repair Business Success

27th July 2023

A Cambridge-based vehicle repair franchise, headed up by three car enthusiast friends, has been lauded as one of the best small businesses in Cambridgeshire.

Husband-And-Wife Led Gloucester Vehicle Repair Firm Named Best Start-Up Business In The South-WestHusband-And-Wife Led Gloucester Vehicle Repair Firm Named Best Start-Up Business In The South-West

27th June 2023

Revive! Gloucester, has won the Consumer Services Start-Up of the Year award at the South-West Start-Up Business Awards

Revive! Strengthens Senior Leadership Team On The Road To £40MRevive! Strengthens Senior Leadership Team On The Road To £40M

13th June 2023

Ricky Taylor and Warren Brown bring over 60 years of combined experience to the UK’s leading smart repairer, as Revive! targets £40M turnover by 2028.

Northampton And Gloucester Vehicle Repair Franchises Join Growing List Of Revive! Award NomineesNorthampton And Gloucester Vehicle Repair Franchises Join Growing List Of Revive! Award Nominees

1st June 2023

Revive! franchises, Northampton and Gloucester, have been shortlisted for coveted regional business awards.

Revive! Hire Former Cazoo Operations Manager As Head Of BusinessRevive! Hire Former Cazoo Operations Manager As Head Of Business

30th March 2023

Richard Graves is joining the senior leadership team at Revive! after a heralded career at Gefco, SMH and Cazoo.

Fresh Approach To Fixing Cars Earns Belfast Bodywork Repair Business Award RecognitionFresh Approach To Fixing Cars Earns Belfast Bodywork Repair Business Award Recognition

28th March 2023

Revive! Northern Ireland, led by owner Mark Progner, has been recognised by a prestigious awarding body.

Revive! Conference Celebrates Another Outstanding YearRevive! Conference Celebrates Another Outstanding Year

16th March 2023

Delegates at the recent 19th annual Revive! conference heard that the UK’s leading SMART repair network has achieved its best ever year.

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