Former Project Manager Cleans up with New Venture

By on 6th October 2011 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Franchise

Wojciech Kierstan of Ovenu GranthamFormer project manager Wojciech Kierstan is set to clean up in Grantham after establishing his own professional valeting firm, Ovenu.

Wojciech, 64 will now manage and direct the operations of the company that will serve businesses and households throughout Grantham and the surrounding area.

Wojciech, worked in the IT industry for 40 years the last seven as a project management consultant. Over the last few years he found work was beginning to dry up, Wojciech then searched for a new career but found the job market saturated.

A friend suggested oven cleaning and Wojciech came across Ovenu on the British Franchise Association website. From there he decided to run his own oven cleaning franchise.

Since being founded in 1994, Ovenu’s environmentally-friendly service has attracted over 60,000 customers a year. The franchise model has been successfully replicated around the world, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

The valeting service involves dismantling key components of an oven and placing them into design-registered equipment, which uses non-caustic products to clean the oven parts. The whole process takes around three hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate condition.

Wojciech said; “I was trying to get back into work but found the job market totally saturated. After coming across Ovenu on the BFA website I found it had an established franchise model and over 100 franchisees, from this I knew there would be a good support team in place.

“The key to setting up my own franchise was the flexibility it offers. I also enjoy meeting people and customer liaison is one of my strengths, I’m really looking forward to getting out there to clean Grantham’s dirty ovens.

Rik Hellewell, Managing Director of Ovenu, said: “Wojciech is a hard working man and it’s great to have him join our team. He has years of experience as a project manager of which some of his business knowledge can be transferred across to running his franchise.

“Franchising is about starting a new business with the support, back up and advice of a larger network behind you. Our franchise network continues to thrive with the right business acumen and commitment, Ovenu can provide a very successful business opportunity for budding franchisees with high growth potential.”

For more information about Ovenu, or to make a booking, call 0800 140 9800 or visit

Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.