Devon and Cornwall

Area profile Cost: Offers in the region of £160,000 Turnover: £500,000 Staff: 84 (6 full-time, 78 part-time) Territory: Large, exclusive territory including  all EX, PL and TQ postcodes Locations covered: Plymouth, Exeter and surrounding areas. History The current owner commenced trading in 1995 and grew the business from a standing start to a current turnover […]

Is 2021 a good time to invest in a franchise?

As Britain wrestles with the economic problems associated with the pandemic, investing in a franchise in 2021 might sound too risky for some, however it could be best decision you ever make. The sector you choose needs careful consideration and understanding how a franchise has performed through previous downturns is key. As with some other […]

Attractive new growth scheme launched

Join Minster Cleaning and pay NO management fee in the first 12 months! As the pandemic hit back in March, many of Minster Cleaning’s customers across the network paused their contracts as the UK went into lockdown. Thankfully, those customers are now returning and reassuringly over a third of our branches have experienced increases in […]

Q&A with Mike Parker, MD at Minster Cleaning

What are your top five tips for a prospective franchisee considering purchasing a franchise? Ask ‘awkward’ questions. For example, ask about any failures that the franchisor has had in the network. Try to find out if these were down to the franchisee or lack of support on the part of the franchisor. Ask about the […]

How should a franchisor support me?

A key reason why people choose franchising, rather than going it alone, is down to the support they’ll receive, not only at the start, but throughout the entire lifecycle of the partnership. However, the first-year trading is important to both parties, to ensure the business gets off to a flying start. Franchise owners should expect […]

Coventry branch celebrates 25 years

Just before the terrible unforeseen Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, Minster Cleaning Coventry were fortunate to celebrate their 25th year with their Regional Director Russell Haines. Russell was awarded the achievement by Minster Cleaning’s Managing Director, Mike Parker. “Although we are all going through hard times at the moment, we still want to stay positive and recognise […]

Control your destiny

When Richard Thompson took over the Berkshire management franchise of Minster Cleaning in September 2003, the branch had been operational for seven years. With annual sales more or less stabilised at around £250,000, Richard recognised the potential and saw it as an excellent opportunity to build a substantial business. He was confident that he could […]

A Minster milestone

Annual turnover at Minster Cleaning, the commercial cleaning franchise, is now £41million. Across the network, half of all branches are each achieving sales of more than £1million, and the top franchises are each achieving sales in excess of £2million. James Lofthouse of the Sheffield branch became the first to reach £2million. He bought the franchise […]

Celebrating success and awarding top franchisees

Minster Cleaning’s annual awards took place at the stunning Moor Hall Hotel & Spa  in Sutton Coldfield. It was the perfect venue to update the network about new initiatives and best practice, but more importantly celebrate the franchisees’ outstanding achievements and milestones. Awards were presented throughout the evening for accolades including; long-service, marketing, operations, turnover […]

Simon Vamplew

Simon had been in charge of Minster Cleaning’s Gloucester franchise for 10 years when the first of his two sons arrived. “Having children changes you and you have to change your management style. I used to do a lot of things myself but it forced me to delegate and that was great. Putting a structure […]