Multi-skills for franchise company in Kent

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

Ovenu, the professional oven valeting service has helped Leigh Rigden, a high-flying multi-skilled worker, trade in a meter reading job for life as a cleaning specialist setting up a new oven cleaning franchise in Whitstable, Kent.Ovenu Kent

The 37-year-old from Whitstable will service businesses and customers, in and around Whitstable, Canterbury and Herne Bay. Leigh had previously worked as meter reader, graphic designer, and printer when he decided to run his own business.

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 such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves 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.

Leigh said: “Since last December I decided to start my own business. I spent a lot of time looking into several oven cleaning franchises, but Ovenu seemed the most straight forward company to work with.

“I chose Ovenu because it was well established in the area and there proved to be a popular market for it. I am keen to build the customer base at present and to develop it even further.”

Rik Hellewell, Managing Director of Ovenu, said: “It’s great to have Leigh running Ovenu franchise in Whitstable. He is a multi-skilled, enthusiastic, hard working man who will soon have lots of clients. Over the last 16 years we have established a very simple, but very effective franchise model that, with the right business acumen and commitment, can provide a very successful business opportunity with huge 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.