For most franchisees, starting a new business is testing enough. Leaving the security of a monthly pay-packet, embracing new skills and processes, and investing life-savings into a venture takes some nerve. But for South African nationals, Hayley and Gary Ashe, joining Dream Doors as its Guildford and Woking franchisees was just one of a series of challenges they faced as they left their friends and family to start a new life the UK.
Emigrating from South Africa to the UK, the couple had found rented accommodation, schools for their two young daughters and embarked on a new business venture within six weeks of landing at Heathrow. Six months later they and their daughters were settled, and they'd launched a family franchise business that generated £150,000 of sales in its first ten weeks.
“It's been incredible, but not without its fair share of stress. We're so busy right now, busier than we've ever been, and Gary is really positive as every other appointment is leading to a sale! We couldn't have done it without all the help from head office, and from all our neighbouring franchisees. Bryn, our support manager from Dream Doors has been fantastic.”