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New business start up ideas

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Many people looking for new ways to start up a business do not realize the financial and costs and the amount of time involved. Investing in a franchise is the ideal way to get started. A franchisor will have already done the hard work for you, including everything from legalities, terms and conditions, logo design, website, templates to marketing materials and tried and tested strategies. Almost everything is laid out in a step-by-step guide commonly known as an ‘operations manual’ and training is also given in the proven to be successful business model.

By being part of a franchise there are many benefits compared to starting fresh on your own, there is always support from the franchisor and other

franchisees; As a group, costs can significantly be reduced due to bulk buying power; Sharing ideas and communication within the franchise network can bring fantastic benefits to all too.

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Dolly Char Franchise Annual Dinner and Franchisee Presentation

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Recently the Dolly Char Franchise Annual Dinner and Franchisee Presentation evening took place at the Admiral Rodney Hotel, Horncastle.  The event took on extra significance due to the fact that Dolly Char Ltd based in central Lincolnshire and the original Dolly Char Agency was celebrating ten successful years of trading.

The evening commenced with franchisees and guests having their photos taken upon entering the hall.  After a pre-meal drink and a group photo everyone sat down for a wonderful three course dinner at approx 7.15.  After the main course had been eaten, Magician Paul Cooke entertained each table with some of his spectacular close upnow-thats-magic magic.  At the conclusion of the meal Robin Harrison the Managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd stood up and spoke for a few minutes about his experiences and most importantly thanking everyone who had supported the event.

Unfortunately due to ill health the expected guest speakers could not attend so Mr Robert Bullard agreed at very short notice to fill the void left!  Robert did a brilliant talk for around 15 minutes on the subject of ten year cycles within business and received a deserving round of applause as he sat down.

Following Roberts talk it was time for one of the most important parts of the evening the presentation of the Dolly Char Franchisee awards.  One of the directors Carol Harrison presented the trophies after Robin Harrison first introduced each award mentioning about the criteria used for judging each award before finally announcing each of the 2011 award winners individually.

The Franchisee Award Winners for each catorgory were Best Monthly Growth Matt Duffy Edinburgh, Most improved Franchisee Phil Docherty Chesterfield, Best Franchisee Newcomer Deborah Guthrie North Lincs and finally the coveted Dolly Char (UK) Ltd Franchisee of the Year award for 2011 went to Chris Smith Eastbourne.  A special and surprise award was then presented by Carol Harrison to Robert Bullard in recognition of him having stepped in at such short notice.

With the conclusion of speeches and the presentation the rest of the evening was taken up by background music which was provided by the Deja Vu Roadshow and a Roulette and Blackjack Table with bottles of wine on offer to the most successful competitors.

At the end of the evening approx 12.00 Robin Harrison again thanked everyone and announced that next year’s event was already booked for September 1st 2012, same place same time!

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Robin Harrison who is the MD of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Robin Harrison who is the MD of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of a dying breed of franchisors who can still be found actively work on their own business. Robin Harrison

Robin believes that continuing to manage his own territory/business enables him to keep ahead of his competitors by allowing him to focus on trialing and testing new marketing techniques, business ideas.  Those ideas that prove to be successful he then shares throughout his franchise network.

Robin goes on to say that being hands on  he can “spot any problems a mile off and offer the remedy at a much earlier stage a really great benefit to my franchisees”.

A small sample of what his franchisees have said about him:

“The support and training I have received from Dolly Char has been second to none and nothing seems to be too much trouble.”

“That must have taken you lots of time to do last night. I am truly grateful for your continuous, unequivocal and relentless support.”

“Just like to say a big thank you for coming over and pointing me in the right direction with the computer.”

Robin also spends frequent days working with his franchisees in their territories offering them his personal help and providing them with his unequivocal and ongoing relentless support.

The Dolly Char owner says that he works tirelessly day and night for the benefit of his franchisees and will not accept second best.

He says that he is often up into the early hours working on updates for his franchisees’ websites and “tinkering with the SEO as well as advertising their businesses to bring more work their way”. He says nothing is ever  too much trouble for him.

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To be a good franchisor

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

I personally think that to be a good franchisor that you must take a personal interest in the success of all of your franchisees by: -

  • Encouraging franchisees on an ongoing basis.
  • Offer your franchisees around the clock 24 hour support where possible.
  • Be prepared to offer hands on support if a franchisee requires your assistance at any time.
  • Offer franchisees extra training if and when they require it.
  • Keep up to date with all new legislation that might apply to your franchise business model.
  • Make yourself easily contactable either by telephone or e-mail by franchisees.
  • Generate business enquiries for your franchisees.
  • Install a feeling of equalness in franchisees so that they all feel part of one big happy family.
  • Continue to grow your brand by the recruitment of new franchisees.

    Can you think of any thing else that could be expected of a good franchisor?

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    Dolly Char new franchisees

    Friday, April 10th, 2009

    It has being a very eventful and busy start to the New Year 2009 here at Dolly Char with several new faces joining our team of friendly local franchisees. 

    I feel certain that everyone would like to join me in welcoming, Philip Todd (Cleveland), Philip Docherty (Sheffield), Richard & Megan (Wakefield) and Ysanne Seddon (Warrington) aboard.

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    Franchise systems

    Saturday, March 21st, 2009

    As a franchisee, you are the figure representing the franchise company and their franchise systems. 

    In our own case franchisees represent our company Dolly Char to both domestic cleaners and clients. It is therefore important that our franchisees keep to our franchise systems and maintain a positive image at all times. If a franchisee as a poor personal image, then it is unlikely that any domestic cleaners that they take on will pay much if any attention to their own!

    Dolly Char franchisees deal with both clients and domestic cleaners, and we request that they should always be:

    • Smiling
    • Smartly dressed in Dolly Char corporate wear
    • Project a good body language
    • Keep constant eye contact with the people they talk to
    • Be well mannered and polite at all times

    As part of our Dolly Char induction training, franchisees learn more about how to talk to and engage with potential clients and cleaners. It is extremely important that they work on their delivery and conversational tone, because people warm to good talkers. Learning such skills are a matter of time and experience, as some people find it easy and other find it harder. Franchisees also pick up some of the information without having to ask any questions (asking the obvious can look unprofessional). Here are some simple points that we ask our franchisees to bear in mind:

    • Be prepared
    • Be relaxed
    • Don’t whisper or shout
    • Don’t rush
    • And enjoy yourself!

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    Franchise confidential questionnaire

    Monday, February 16th, 2009

    Franchise confidential questionnaire

    The franchise confidential questionnaire is an important document that franchisors require prospective franchisees to fill in prior to having an initial meeting about the franchise business.

    The franchise confidential questionnaire gives a franchisor a brief but also very good insight into the background of the prospective franchisee.  The franchise confidential questionnaire helps the franchisor determine how suitable the prospective franchisee will be for working the franchise business model. 

    The franchise confidential questionnaire should cover such questions in brief form such as what the prospects name is, address, health, past work experience, qualifications, hobbies, car driver, home owner etc.

    Finally the confidential questionnaire is as its name suggests confidential and the franchisor should undertake not to disclose the information received to any other party.

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    Considering franchising your business then do your home work first!

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    Considering franchising your business then do your home work first!

    If you are considering franchising your business model I would recommend that you first research and make yourself well aware of any potential threats that lay out there waiting for you that could cause you and your business severe problems particularly during the early stages of trying to get your franchise business established in the franchise market place.

    Some of the main threats as I see them that could cause your new franchise business to stutter or totally collapse around your feet before it as even got off the ground are as follows: -

    Have you priced your franchise model at a cost effective but competitive rate?

    Continuing growth of existing franchise business competitors.

    As well as your business there may well also be a continuing stream of other new franchise business competitors entering into your chosen market place.

    A large quantity of independent small companies already trading in your market place might well make your franchise less appealing to potential franchisees.

    Low rates of unemployment could mean a limited amount of new entrepreneurs looking for franchise business opportunities.

    There are many other potential threats that exist those that I have outlined above are only the tip of the iceberg, please feel free to contribute to my list with any potential threats that you might be aware of that may threaten someone trying to get their new franchise business model off the ground.

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    Franchisors commitment to the franchise business

    Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
    Franchisors commitment to the franchise business

    A franchisor should be totally committed to building and maintaining a highly professional and successful franchise network. A franchisor should expect that all franchisees will be 100% committed, and as such the franchisor should match their attitude with an equal commitment back towards their franchisees.

    A franchisor should treat every single one of their franchisees as fundamentally importance to their own long term goals. A franchisor should consider a failure of any of their franchise businesses to be a reflection on their entire operation. A franchisee should be assured that the franchisor after having taken great pains to ensure that they are the right person to run the franchise business, will dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to the task of helping them make a great success of their business.

    The franchisors business relationship with the franchisee needs to be based on joint co-operation, understanding and trust. There must be a mutual belief that if both the franchisor and franchisee are fully committed to making the franchise business successful, ultimately the franchisee will succeed.

     

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    Robin Harrison is the managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd. Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of the fastest growing domestic cleaning franchise companies in the UK today giving people the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home.

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    Military Service Personnel make ideal Franchisees?

    Friday, November 21st, 2008

    Military Service Personnel make ideal Franchisees?

    Recently I have been considering if there is a ideal group of people who would be easy to train and make great franchisees.

    My conclusion is that military service personnel with their regimented background would make great franchisees as they are moulded through their military training to follow instructions to the book.

    They would methodically follow the franchise bible or operational manual to the word without questioning its contents in most cases.

    If the franchisor noticed that they were doing something incorrectly within their business operation they would welcome instructions on correct operational techniques without creating much of a fuss over it.

    They would work very hard to make a great success of their business and not shy away from working long hours if and when necessary to get their business firmly and quickly established.

    Military personnel are these days also used to completing paperwork in a fashion that is organised and legible.

    Because of their recent military background they would be physically and mentally fit, which these are two of the greatest assets that they would require to succeed as franchisees.

    Military Service Personnel make sure that they are always presentable and would take great care in their personal appearance.

    Feel free to mention any other assets that military service personnel might have that would be beneficial to them becoming a franchisee

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    Robin Harrison is the managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd. Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of the fastest growing domestic cleaning franchise companies in the UK today giving people the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home.

    domestic cleaning franchise blog, franchise business tips blog

     

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