A fledgling entrepreneur who refused to be beaten by the aftermath of redundancy is now set to clean up in the London Borough of Richmond and Isleworth, following the launch of his new Ovenu professional oven valeting service.
Until October last year, Matthew Lane, 36 from Isleworth, had been an employee of a local imaging company. He worked there for a period of sixteen years in roles such as customer service agent and business analyst.
Matthew’s career came crashing down on him when it was announced in July last year that he was being made redundant as a consequence of the economic downturn.
Matthew decided to waste no time reflecting on his misfortunes and instead began to consider his options for starting a new business with the redundancy payment that he had been given.
After looking at several options, Matthew decided that he wanted to follow the franchising route and after considering the opportunities available, he invested in our Ovenu franchise as the first steps to begin building his own successful business.
Our oven valeting process is extremely popular with householders across the UK. Since 1994 our network of over 100 franchisees have cleaned more than one million ovens, microwaves, and barbeques.
We attract over 60,000 clients per year and our franchise model has been replicated across the globe including Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
Our valeting process 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.
Matthew said: “Obviously I was devastated when I found out that I was being made redundant as it had huge implications on my life.
“I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go down the same career path as before, but when I started thinking about being my own boss I knew my background in customer service and business analysis would help me significantly.
“I decided to choose Ovenu as it was affordable and a simple business model to understand. The oven cleaning results speak for themselves, when the outcome of a product is as good as Ovenu’s, you know that you are starting out on the right foot.
“It is a daunting experience completely changing your career role and starting something new, but I am confident that I have made the best career decision that I could have ever made.”
Rik Hellewell, Managing Director of Ovenu, said: “Matthew has excellent business and customer service skills, which puts him in a strong position to rapidly grow and develop his Ovenu business.
“He is a worthy example of someone who hasn’t let the terrible economic situation dampen his spirits, but is someone who has used it as an opportunity to start something completely new.”
For more information about the Ovenu service or to book Matthew for a professional oven valet call freephone 0800 140 9800 or log onto ovenu.co.uk.