For Steve Thatcher owner of Revive! Portsmouth, being in the position to offer employment and make a real difference to people’s lives has been an unexpected benefit of running his own business.
Steve Thatcher set up Revive! Portsmouth in 2004. He’d been working behind a desk in an IT role and at the time was looking for an opportunity to learn a new skill and get stuck into a hands-on business.
But as his workload increased, by 2010 Steve realised he had to add more vans and take on additional technicians to meet demand – and that was the point at which everything changed.
"We now have four mobile units with plans for more in the immediate future. We continue to strive to be the best mobile car body repairer in the area in terms of quality and customer service. Part of our ongoing success is down to the fantastic support given by all Head Office staff at Revive UK.
My lightbulb moment came after I closed a deal with a local dealership. I came out of the meeting buzzing and realised that winning business and growing my company was all I wanted to do.
I discovered that I got a huge amount of pleasure from being able to change a person’s life for the better. All of my guys came to me with no skills and I have trained them from scratch. They now earn a lot more money and have better life as a result and that gives me a real sense of wellbeing."
His aim is to double the size of the business within the next five years and is taking advantage of the business mentoring provided as part of the ongoing training and support provided by Revive!
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.
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.
Revive!’s newest franchisee, Graham Cunningham, is embarking on his fourth major career change at an age when many people are looking forward to retirement!
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.
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
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 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.
Revive are the first full member of the British Franchise Association in their industry sector.