NO KITCHEN INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
You really don’t need to know anything about kitchens, or even anything about business, to join the Dream Doors franchise. If you have drive, ambition and the right attitude then you’re already half way there. We’re look for potential business owners who can help our brand grow and maintain its title as the UK’S largest Kitchen Facelift company.
You really don’t need to know anything about kitchens, or even business to join the Dream Doors franchise. Our award winning training programme is as proven as our franchise model. We’re able to bring the best out of everyone. We have carefully updated and changed our support over the years, and we’ve invested hundreds of thousands of pound into developing the best training programme for both you, and for our business model.
Many Dream Doors franchisees are husband and wife teams, or couples, who wanted to set up a local business together. We have more than 50 family run showrooms up and down the UK. But we also have several owned by hard working individuals who have partnered up with a friend or a former colleague, or who have employed staff to help them where needed.
Starting from a home-office within six months you will be managing your own Dream Doors showroom, eventually adding showroom staff and a van driver to your team.
Importantly, you will never be alone. We have 5 Business Development Managers working across the UK, each supporting you in the field. Just take a look at our Training and support page for more information on our award-winning support.
Disheartened with a career that he felt was stagnating, events manager Mark Edmans visited a Franchise Exhibition in London in 2010. He admits the visit was primarily to assess a rival exhibition company, and that, at the time, he had just a passing interest in franchised businesses. Three months after the show Mark bought the Dream Doors Chilterns franchise which he now runs from its showroom in Chesham with the help of his sister, Amanda.
“I wasn't happy with my career, and felt I was under-appreciated in my last job. I visited the franchise exhibition in London and, after speaking to Dream Doors for a long time, I realised I could use my existing skills to work for myself. From that moment I was convinced it was the right move for me, and that I really didn't want to carry on working for other people.”
"After spending time with the personnel involved with Dream Doors, I immediately became comfortable with them. I could see this was a genuine franchise, and that there's lots of support in all aspects of the business. It's also very much a people business, and one that capitalises on my sales, marketing and management skills."
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,” says Hayley. “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. He helped us through every step, from our initial training course to opening the showroom, and was even here helping us hoover on the morning of our official launch day!"
"There's real warmth within Dream Doors, with no competition between franchisees and genuine support from everyone. And we, probably more than others, have really needed that.”
Partners, Clive Coldwell and Angela Lowe, hold the record for the quickest showroom opening in Dream Doors' 12 year history. Completing their initial training course the week before Christmas, they had opened the doors to their showroom by the end of March.
"We couldn't have asked for a better, or a faster, launch to the business. Everything worked out exactly how we wanted,” say Clive. “We were so busy dealing with customers from the outset, and it has been back-to-back appointments since we started! Last week alone we sold three full kitchens, and our sales for the month topped £100,000 again."
"Last year was amazing, but it keeps getting better" Angela adds. "We've had two record breaking months already this year. Sales like that can only be achieved if you have the right support network around you, whether that is staff or suppliers, the franchisor or your family.”
The North London showroom will be managed by Dimitar Sarandev, who believes that local residents will relish the opportunity to transform their kitchen without the cost and hassle of a full re-fit:
“Dream Doors is a tried and tested model that has transformed more than 46,000 kitchens across the UK since it first launched,” he said. “The High Road in Finchley is a fantastic location for the new showroom and we are really excited to give people the chance to come in and see how we can help give their kitchen a makeover.”
Dimitar started his career in graphic design and has subsequently spent much of his working life in project management. Living locally and with a large family, his career was very time-intensive, so he decided to look for a role that would give him a much better work / life balance. After much consideration of the franchising options available, he chose Dream Doors as the best way to provide that balance.
“I wanted to be nearer to be with family but also to have a rewarding and fulfilling career, and Dream Doors is the best way of achieving those goals,” he said. “With my background in design I am looking forward to using those skills in helping people design their new kitchen and transforming kitchens all over North London!”