STORIES

Every franchised brand has a unique origin story. Each person in the franchised network has their own story to tell.


We love these stories and believe that they are what makes a business successful. 

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ADAM BLAKEY - LIL BEATZ

Franchisor

My name’s Adam. I’m 36, an entrepreneur, dad of 3 and i love to travel and see places / cultures. I am also the only businessman I've met that is covered in tattoos (neck down) it certainly makes for an interested chat in a corporate setting. Since I can remember, I’ve been in love with technology and all things digital.

ELOISE ROBB - ALCHEMYVA

Franchisee

I ‘fell’ into being a Virtual Assistant many years ago, before that I was an Assistant Headteacher in a primary school. It was a turbulent time in my life and I’m incredibly proud that I managed to navigate away from my job and establish myself as self-employed virtual assistant.  


As a VA, I enjoyed many years supporting various clients from a great array of sectors. Mostly coaches in the well-being and fitness arenas. Then one day, one of my clients approached me wanting me to work exclusively with them as an employed PA. At the time, I was attracted by the security of a salary and I accepted...

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DEBORAH SALISBURY - THE READING DOCTOR

Franchisor

Deborah qualified as a primary school teacher in 1993 and began her teaching career in Bromley, Greater London. Following her passion and commitment to ensuring access to learning for all, her teaching role developed into specialist group intervention teaching.

Deborah´s relentless drive for ensuring reading success for all, secured her the role as ´ Intervention Lead´. The next step for her professional development was to train with The Institute of Education, London as a Reading Recovery Teacher...


 

RYAN ARMITAGE - TEZLOM

Franchisor

It’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I wasn’t a fan of school. I wasn’t the most academic student, and at the time, I didn’t really like being told what to do. When I left school, I never really knew what I wanted to do; that was until I sold my first car at 17. It was here where I learned one of the most important things I’ve learned in my life so far; you don’t need to be the smartest guy in the room, just the hardest working.

 

By the time I was 21, I was managing a team of salesmen, earning very good money and working ever hour that god sent. The years of hard work and graft had paid off, I was at the top and very comfortable, and I think many people would have been happy to stay here resting on their laurels. For me, it wasn’t enough, the challenge had gone, and I already had my eyes on the next step...

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CHRIS GOODCHILD - THE BEST PHOTOBOOTHS & MAGIC MIRRORS

Franchisor

I have one goal in life; to focus on creating the best work-life balance for my family and the people who I surround myself with.

 

Ultimately this has manifested itself into a highly successful Photobooth business operating under a franchise model that now encompasses a wonderful family of franchise-friends, along with the amazing clients we feel privileged to work with.

 

I fully believe that success in business and life comes from a combination of hard knocks and learning backed up by a determination to never give up on your end goal.

 

From a very early age I was going to boot fairs, watching my parents work hard to create success, but sadly they lost it due to a recession.

 

My struggles continued and I found work in various roles peeling potatoes in the back of a fish & chip shop, working as an ice cream van man and even as a hot dog vendor.

 

Despite at one point being unemployed and on benefits, I was proud to become the only child in my family to get into university. After graduating I then became employed by a West End London design agency where I learnt my trade, eventually leaving to follow my self-employed Graphic design dream.