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Membership History

Full Member
Joined 2010

Membership History

Full Member
Joined 2010

Company Overview

Envirovent Ltd develops, manufactures and installs ventilations systems nationwide and provides a guaranteed solution to condensation and mould, as well as improving indoor air quality. Envirovent franchisees target market is private homeowners and private landlords.  Franchisees offer a full turnkey solution to ensure the correct ventilation solutions for domestic properties are achieved. In 2017 we celebrated our 30th anniversary.

Franchise Overview

The Envirovent franchise has been in operation since 2009 and with further growth anticipated we are currently looking for new potential candidates in Romford, Ilford, Birmingham, Coventry, Cornwall, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Stoke, Shrewsbury, Reading, Swindon, Lincoln, Doncaster, St Albans/Watford, Guildford and Portsmouth.

Training

Our initial full tailor made training programme consists of 5 days in the office (covering ventilation theory and science; role-play; sales; exam; and CRM computer software) and 5 days in the local patch (covering surveying; lead generation; and presentation skills).

Daily Life of a franchisee

Our franchise network represents the face of Envirovent. Franchise owners and their teams handle telephone and email enquiries that come in and arrange survey appointments once the lead is qualified. At survey, our franchise teams will assess the property and recommend a suitable ventilation system and explain the features and benefits, leading to the sale. The franchise is sales and marketing-based, so the ability to generate leads and deliver presentations to prospective clients is essential.

Peter and Helen Mould

EnviroVent franchise owners for North Wales, Peter and Helen Mould, tell of their experience so far.

How has becoming an EnviroVent Franchisee changed your life?
It has certainly changed our day-to-day life and especially our work/life balance. The distinction between work and life is a lot more blurred now we are working for ourselves. As an example, the other day we spent a couple of hours between appointments in North Wales on a brisk walk along the coast but as well as getting some fresh air and admiring the sea we discussed marketing strategies and customer management! We probably work harder now than previously but both feel that we have a much better sense of engagement with work and the ownership of the whole process - strategy, marketing, customers, administration, finance – it makes for a much better working experience.

What challenges have you faced?
Our main challenges have been around prioritising and distinguishing between urgent/not urgent and important/less important. We've found working from a home based office a bit trying at times; it’s easy to get in each others way and for domestic matters to take up your time and attention. We've also found that it can be a challenge to DO rather than discuss so we have to remind ourselves that the best ideas are only worth something to our business once we put them into practice.

Would you recommend EnviroVent?
Yes we would definitely recommend it but to the right sort of person/people. We think it’s a good "couples" franchise but you have to enjoy spending a lot of time together and be clear about responsibilities but having two of us to bounce ideas off, see things from a different perspective or to cover different tasks has been useful. We think having an interest in this area generally, particularly the 'green' aspect has been helpful to us as it means we can really sell the benefits of the products. However, the way the training and franchisee support are managed it can be a good opportunity for someone looking for a complete change and a new challenge.

Andy and Matt Windsor

Andy and Matt Windsor have made it an EnviroVent family affair with the purchase of the EnviroVent East Manchester, Stockport & Macclesfield franchise area.

Elder brother Andy was running his own EnviroVent area in Warrington and Liverpool and when the opportunity came to bring in Matt and purchase the neighbouring area he did not hesitate.

Andy said: "I have really enjoyed being a franchise owner with EnviroVent. The products are fantastic and the support has been great; from induction training through to ongoing support and regional meetings. Matt was very keen to come on board and the opportunity was too good to miss.”

National franchise manager Phil Harrison commented: "We have strong principles and a togetherness at EnviroVent. Andy has shown a great desire to succeed since joining us as a Franchise owner and we had no hesitation in awarding the area to him along with his brother Matt; both have very similar can do attitudes which we look for. We wish them the very best of luck and look forward to helping them achieve all their goals."

Charlie Bisby

EnviroVent's construction director, Charlie Bisby, has become the company's latest franchisee and now owns the Cornwall and Devon territory.

When the opportunity to purchase the Bude-based franchise area became available, Charlie jumped at the chance, as it would allow him and his family to move closer to his where his wife Zoe’s parents live.

Charlie said: "Zoe's family is based in Bude and it has been a long-term goal to relocate down there.

“I know the EnviroVent franchise was going really well and wanted the opportunity to be a part of it. I also wanted to stay involved with the company.

“EnviroVent products are without doubt market leaders for improving indoor air quality, eliminating condensation and mould and heat recovery ventilation.

“Devon and Cornwall are also known Radon hotspot areas and positive input ventilation systems have proved to be effective in significantly reducing Radon levels in property, so I can see a huge opportunity to tackle this problem too."

Grant Saggers

Why did you go down the franchise route? And why did you choose an EnviroVent franchise?
A business friend already had the franchise for a different area with positive feedback and results. Franchises are vastly more successful than standard business start-ups.

The EnviroVent franchise fitted within my area of knowledge and expertise.

What did you do before taking up your EnviroVent franchise?
I was a building services sales consultant, selling and designing air conditioning systems for large commercial offices, hotels, hospitals etc..

How did you raise the finance?
I raised income from sale of a property.

What training and support did you receive initially and ongoing?
Induction training was one week at head office covering all aspects of sales, products and computer support systems. There is now a further five days field-based training too. We also receive ongoing training on new products and regular franchisee meetings.

What is a typical day for you as a franchisee?
Organising house surveys, quoting customers, lots of telephone interfacing with potential customers and cold calling new customers.

What challenges have you faced?
Generating leads and in turn income and sales to pay the bills. Unlike employment, a wage is not guaranteed at the end of the month! It’s down to you to keep busy and keep the enquiries coming in.

Has becoming a franchisee changed your life, if so how?
Slightly; it allows a large degree of personal freedom to make decisions that directly affect your business and success, your time off and when you work.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of buying their first franchise?
Pick the right one for you! Make sure you understand the market that you are entering. Thoroughly investigate the company and their products because it is their efficiency, competence and expertise that will have a large bearing on your success or failure.

What are your plans for the future?
To steadily increase sales year by year and reach my sales targets.

Would you do it again?
Oh yes!

James Scott

This year EnviroVent’s former social housing sales manager for Yorkshire, James Scott, took the decision that would completely change his life – he purchased the company’s Sheffield and Chesterfield franchise territory.

James always had a burning desire to be his own boss, and could see the progress being made by EnviroVent’s Domestic Division, which has operated via a franchise network since 2009. He had seen two other former employees making the successful switch from employee to franchisee and thought that this could be his perfect opportunity too.

James said: “EnviroVent’s range of products is without doubt the best available, I knew that from selling them into the social housing market. The products do exactly what it says on the tin – they eradicate condensation and mould for good from clients’ homes and save energy to boot!

“Since winning the Queen’s Award for innovation, we have grown our brand and reputation to new heights and the heatSava, an innovative through-the-wall heat recovery unit, will add to our portfolio. So having the chance to build a business and use the brand locally really appealed, and though it is early days still, I have made my first sales and the ball is well and truly rolling.”

Nathalie Rush

Why did you go down the franchise route? And why did you choose an EnviroVent franchise?
I wasn't looking for an investment; I happened to stumble across the opportunity researching heat-saving extractor fans. Then I discovered ventilation products were a growing market as homeowners are installing more energy-saving products and creating a need for domestic ventilation.

What did you do before taking up your EnviroVent franchise?
Researched the company - I found lots of positive reviews online and the finances stacked up. I also talked to other franchise owners and checked out the competition.

How did you raise the finance?
Through savings.

What training and support did you receive initially and ongoing?
One week's training at head office where we also got to understand other parts of the business, as well as product info and IT systems etc. Ongoing support is plentiful. There's a dedicated franchise team who are aware of the challenges and able to support. Plus, it's very helpful to build relationships with other franchise owners.

What is a typical day for you as a franchisee?
Chasing previous survey feedback and payments, booking new surveys and writing the occasional landlord report. I spend a large section of the day out meeting homeowners and tenants when I do surveys. Longer term, I plan marketing tactics and relationship building with letting agents and other business partners.

What challenges have you faced?
Coping with the huge demand for the products during the winter months.

Has becoming a franchisee changed your life, if so how?
Yes. I feel part of a team, which is supportive, knowledgeable and fun. I also have freedom to choose how and when I work which fits my lifestyle well.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of buying their first franchise?
For franchises in general, make sure it's a genuine market opportunity. After all, it's an investment that needs to yield you a return.

What are your plans for the future?
To grow the business. My ultimate success would be to employ people who run the business, leaving me to concentrate on its strategy.

Would you do it again?
Yes - I wish I'd done it sooner!

Grant Amos

Grant Amos decided he wanted to do something different for the sake of his family (and his sanity!). Like many others before him, he's found that franchsiing offered the perfect way for him to take control of his professional life, as he explains:

"I wanted to go down the franchise route mainly to find a work/life balance, and to mould my work hours around my family life. Previously, I was leaving my house at 7am and returning at 8pm with a long commute in and out of London – I was never seeing my family.

"I looked at a number of franchise opportunities and out of the suitable ones that were a good match to my skill set there was always one issue: the franchise proposal meant that there was a ceiling of earnings, relative to the investment level, that would be hard to surpass; this however is not the case with EnviroVent.

"Yes, there are geographical parameters, but the business model is so strong and the competition so minimal that there is huge potential. The other reason I bought into EnviroVent was that they have high standards of ethics and professionalism, which is of paramount importance to me.

"Prior to joining EnviroVent, I was working in London in the recruitment industry - something I had done my entire career. I had cash in the bank from savings and I also managed to remortgage my house to give me some money in the bank to live on whilst the franchise started producing a living, although in reality these funds were not needed as I literally started earning in week one.

"My initial training involved a solid and intense week up in Harrogate, and the ongoing training is there if you need it, although in reality I found everything simple to pick up. That said, support is always there, and phones always answered by a well-organised support team.

"A typical day is varied, and will involve carrying out at least one survey at someone’s house; it will also involve some marketing to keep your pipeline of leads coming through – this can involve things like dropping in on letting agents, being present at landlord events where you have a strong target market, and organising and executing mail shots to prospective clients. In reality, there is a huge amount of leads that come in from EnviroVent head office, and so it is easy to hit the ground running.

"My main challenge is staying organised in the winter time when things are so busy that it is hard to manage and action all the leads that come in.

"Running a franchise has dramatically changed my life. I now have the work/life balance that I seek, but I am also hugely excited about the prospect of earning a really good living, and building up a business for myself, and not for someone else. Franchising is the perfect way to do this as it is low-risk, and as the old cliché goes, you are in business for yourself but not by yourself!

"My advice to anyone wanting to buy their first franchise: Make sure you go into something that best matches your skill set because that is where you will most likely succeed, and do your due diligence - speak to as many existing franchisees as you possibly can. Also, beyond anything else, make sure you have the right rapport with the organisation – if you don't feel that you will get on with them, it will be very difficult to succeed, no matter what they may promise.

"Plans for the future are to grow my territory and to enjoy myself, and yes, I would definitely do it again; I cannot see myself doing anything else!"

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