Graham Cunningham began his working life as a policeman in Derbyshire before leaving the force to take on the Lada and Proton dealership in Halifax. When the manufacturer pulled out of the UK Graham re-trained to be a naturopath therapist specialising in NLP, Hypnotherapy and reflexology.
But after ten years he missed the buzz of the motor trade and returned to his first love, car sales taking on senior roles at dealerships in Yorkshire.
Looking ahead at retirement and facing a pension shortfall, Graham decided the time was right to set up his own business to secure his longer term financial future. He knew exactly what he wanted to do – go into smart repair – so he began looking into the options.
"In theory I knew enough people in the bodyshop business to go it alone by spending a few months learning how to do smart repairs, buy a van and get on the road myself. But I wouldn’t be getting a proven business model nor the kudos of a well-respected UK – wide brand backed up by award winning head office business support.
Whilst I was training at the Revive! academy, the Revive! telemarketing team was busy setting up appointments for me with dealerships in my territory, so as soon as I begin trading I can hit the ground running. No way would I have had that if I had decided to go down the diy route."
"Revive! just stood out head and shoulders above everybody else. I liked the one to one approach and that personalised attention has continued throughout every aspect of my recruitment and training. The training was tailored to suit my own learning styles and whilst I found it challenging and felt pushed at one point, I realised just how much I had learned and how far I had come."
Graham hopes to add a second van within 14 months. He will be mentored by the Revive! business support team as he transitions from 'Rookie' through to 'Developer Gold' aiming to finally join the growing group of top performing franchisees in the 'High Performer' category.
"Like so many people of my generation I was a victim of the financial services crash of the 1990s when my pension fund failed. I have to keep working to maintain the lifestyle I enjoy and building a successful and profitable Revive! business means that I can build a stable financial future for me and my family beyond retirement."
Franchisee Ian Scott spent ten years as business development manager for a training company beforedeciding Revive! was the business for him.
Russell Hudson joined Revive! in 2006 after previously working for a software company as an Account Manager.
After 23 years as chef in the Royal Logistics Corps, Stuart was ready for a change and a new challenge.
Anthony Wilcock gave up a career in the city in 2012 to become his own boss.
Steve Thatcher set up Revive! Portsmouth in 2004.
Fatherhood and fate led Jonny Pearson to Revive!
Mike Haselden bought Revive! Chester in 2005 and now employs six technicians and runs a fleet of six vans.
Michal Lepiarz and his partner Irmina Kowalska opened Revive! Basingstoke in 2013.
Eifion Watkins has opened in North Wales bringing a top-quality Welsh speaking mobile service to car dealerships and private motorists in the region.
Mike Gowland is the latest to sign up to a Revive! management franchise.
The fact that head office does the accounts and administration for me is really helpful. Also Revive! has a national website where I get a lot of my leads from.Dan Normanton
Having worked with the Revive! team for a little time now, it is great to know that there is always someone at the end of the phone to help with technical support or just general advice of how to continue developing my business.
Revive! are the first company in the Smart Repair sector to implement the use of Water Based paints ahead of legislation that will restrict the use of environmentally damaging solvent based paints.
The Revive! Directors have many years experience in the Smart Repair sector and two of the Directors run their own highly successful Revive! franchises.
Revive are the first full member of the British Franchise Association in their industry sector.