Explore the unique stories of Neighbourly franchise owners.

Our franchisees come from a range of different backgrounds but all share a common goal: to own a successful and profitable business. Hear from those who have used Neighbourly franchise systems and support to take control of their futures.

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Carl Butterfield – Drain Doctor Gloucester

I have always worked for myself from the age of 20, i have had several businesses over the years.

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Nick Modha – Countrywide Grounds Maintenance

“I no longer wanted to work in a large corporate environment with the usual company politics especially at senior levels. But, starting a business from scratch on one’s own is not easy and high risk and so the franchise route is very appealing as it’s a proven business model that lowers usual start up risks and has ongoing support.”

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Adrian Sargent, Countrywide Wiltshire

After a successful career as an accountant, Adrian was looking to escape the corporate world and build a business of his own.

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Charmaine Nicholson – Bright & Beautiful Wolverhampton

Charmaine Nicholson was looking to apply her skills acquired from a successful career in retail to an established business. “I loved the idea of bringing together skills from my previous jobs to run my own business and felt that a franchise would offer me the support and structure I needed personally to start a business.”

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Darren Barley – Mr. Electric Wolverhampton

Since starting in 2017, Darren has built his business to employ three members of staff working within his area. Darren now plans to grow his business firstly through acquiring a full-time premises and then by putting two more vans out on the road.

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Eve & Stuart – Bright & Beautiful Malvern

Stuart started his business in 2017 and hasn’t looked back. Him and his partner have moved to a high-street premises, employing 15 professional housekeepers.

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George Beaty – Countrywide Devon

At 28, George Beaty is the youngest franchise owner in the Countrywide Grounds Maintenance network.  The Dorset based franchisee has achieved great heights in his first 4 years in business proving that if you’re good enough, you are most definitely old enough.

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Ian & Fiona Robinson – Drain Doctor London
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John & Lisa Parker – Drain Doctor Oxford

Find out how John and Lisa used the Drain Doctor model to build a more flexible lifestyle.

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Kevin Preston – Drain Doctor North West

The franchise has seven territories covering the North West of England, including Preston, Blackburn, Manchester Central, Bolton, Warrington, Lancaster and South Cumbria.

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Rob & Sam Simpson – Drain Doctor East Anglia

We had two or three options – take redundancy, work in London but not see the family much, emigrate or buy a business…

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Sarah Reeves – Bright and Beautiful Aylesbury

After overcoming two redundancies during the recession, Sarah decided to take matters into her own hands. In 2012 she started Bright & Beautiful Aylesbury & the Chilterns and has in turn created a business that is making a substantial difference within her community.

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Toni Hibbert – Bright & Beautiful Derby

To some, the name Toni Hibbert may spark thoughts of a famous Everton footballer, however in a continued theme of success our Toni Hibbert is the proactive owner of Bright & Beautiful Derby. Starting a business was a natural progression for Toni, having enjoyed a successful career in the Health and Natural Products Industry

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Yasser Yusean – Drain Doctor Leicester

Yasser began his Drain Doctor journey as a plumbing apprentice but recognised the franchise business as an opportunity for the future.

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Delpreet Shergill, Bright & Beautiful Henley-in-Arden

Before beginning her Bright & Beautiful journey in 2017, Delpreet Shergill worked in the engineering sector as a recruitment consultant but felt that she needed to take charge of her own schedule and her future.

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Michael Sheene – Bright & Beautiful Newbury

I had been thinking about retiring from sales for some time since I always felt that selling was very much a young person’s game. To grow a business for myself and particularly to have created something tangible that I could pass on to someone else really appealed to me, which is why I decided to start my own business.