Chartered Accountant And Friends Invest In Nine WindowGeeks Franchises
Fellow Franchisee Sees 18 Customers Before His Training Begins Chartered Accountant, John Commander, initially invested in two WindowGeeks territories. Those pilot operations proved so successful that he has now doubled his investment, while friends who witnessed his early results have bought into a further five territories. The group run their nine franchises from an administrative hub in Gloucestershire, currently employing five full-time installers with two more at interview stage.
“Financially, this franchise is set up properly,” says John, “and I should know what to look out for! The franchisor makes his money downstream – when we are successful – and not from high up-front costs. I really liked the brand, but it was important for me to see that WindowGeeks has been tried and tested in various parts of the country. Plus, the economic climate is perfect for this business right now.
“Our growth has been phenomenal, and we haven't even scratched the surface of what's possible yet,” he adds. “Each day this week our sales have exceeded £2,500, and on two occasions we've sold more than £3,000. Last week I took £3,120 of orders – in a morning!”
WindowGeeks specialises in repairing windows, doors and conservatories. It sources parts that double glazing firms claim are no longer available, replaces the glass if it's just the glass that needs replacing, and has a mend and make-good mentality that's on trend both environmentally and economically.
“Customers are amazed when they call us round and discover the huge savings they can make,” says WindowGeeks founder, Phill Pedley. “Typically our costs for repairs will be in the low hundreds - and in many cases less than that - whereas commission-driven salespeople will be pitching replacement windows in the thousands.”
All franchisees benefit from six years' guaranteed support, something WindowGeeks Stockport owner, David Ward, had to call on sooner than he had imagined. Just days after signing up, and before his training, he already had 18 enquiries to deal with.
“That gave me even more confidence in the business,” he says. “But of course, at the time I didn't really know what I was talking about. Phill was with me straight away and took over to ensure customers were looked after. It was a great learning experience and we won £4,500 of business from those initial enquiries.”
“WindowGeeks has fulfilled every promised made to me,” he adds. “This franchise does exactly what it says on the tin. It's simple, it's easy to learn and it works.”
For David and John, WindowGeeks is the ideal management franchise. But it can also be run by practically minded individuals with people skills. A low entry fee of £7,995 + VAT puts it within the reach of most, and without heavy overheads its ongoing costs are minimal. And with seven new franchise owners joining already this summer, territories are going fast.