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Revive! Case Study
An officer who faces redundancy from the RAF after seven years service has decided to set up a brand new business serving the West Norfolk area repairing minor damage and scuffs on vehicles and alloy wheels.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusFull
  • UK Years Established14 years
  • Current UK Coverage55%
  • Franchisee Support Staff34
  • Personal Investment Req.£13,750 approx
  • Total Startup Cost£27,500
  • Territory-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
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Former RAF man Kiri sets up new business in west Norfolk

AN officer who faces redundancy from the RAF after seven years service has decided to set up a brand new business serving the West Norfolk area repairing minor damage and scuffs on vehicles and alloy wheels.

Flying Officer Kiri Chiakli (25) was due to start flying training to become a navigator when the defence cuts were announced. The training was put on hold and he was given notice of redundancy last September. He hoped that he might be able to re-train to do another job in the RAF but sadly that wasn’t the case.

The father of two began researching a new career in Civvy Street and as a result has taken on theKiri Chiakli - Revive Franchisee Revive! franchise for Kings Lynn and the surrounding area.  Now after a month of training at the Revive! IMI approved training centre in Rugby he is ready to get started and has big plans for his new business.

Said Kiri: "To be honest I had no plans to leave the RAF. I loved my job and was looking forward to starting my flying training and a career as a navigator.  I joined as an aircraft technician seven years ago and worked hard to become an officer. It was a big shock when I was told by the RAF that there wasn’t a job for me and of course I was incredibly disappointed.  However, the RAF couldn’t have been more helpful, giving me a year to find another career and build my business."

 "I had time to look at various options and I considered other franchise operations. I decided to go with Revive! because it is a very professional company and offers the best training compared to similar outfits".

"I liked the fact that Revive! has led the way in getting ATA accreditation for cosmetic smart repair. I have very high standards and wanted to be involved with a top quality business."

Revive! has one of the largest networks of experts in the country. Smart repair is a quality, cost effective and time-saving alternative to taking the vehicle to a bodyshop for minor paintwork repairs. Costing far less than most insurance policy excesses, the work is carried out at a time and place to suit the customer, minimising vehicle downtime and protecting the owner’s no claims bonus.

Added Kiri: "The plan is to expand the business and I hope to eventually have three or four vans on the road. I will be covering a big area and there is plenty of work out there to support three or four operatives. I can’t wait to get started, I am really excited about the prospect of starting my own business."

To find out more information on the Revive! Automotive Franchise click below

Matt Wodall Joined Revive! in 2009Matt Wodall Joined Revive! in 2009

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Byron Lindsey runs his Revive! business in High WycombeByron Lindsey runs his Revive! business in High Wycombe

Find out why Byron Lindsey took the plunge to join Revive! and what sparked his desire for a work and lifestyle change.

Ken Allison has been running his Revive! business for over five yearsKen Allison has been running his Revive! business for over five years

Ken Allison is an established franchisee who has been running his own Revive! business in Waltham Abbey for over five years.

Adam Smith Set Up Revive! Luton in October 2008Adam Smith Set Up Revive! Luton in October 2008

Adam Smith and his girlfriend, Kim Richardson, set up Revive! Luton in 2008 and have developed the business with 5 vans, employing a team of four repair technicians.

Bristolian Ashley Kelly Makes A Smart Move With Revive!Bristolian Ashley Kelly Makes A Smart Move With Revive!

Ashley Kelly, who lives in Yate, is launching his new business this month, Revive! Bristol

Never Mind the Rain - Business is Booming!Never Mind the Rain - Business is Booming!

Huw James, owner of Revive! Reading didn’t let the rain stop him from achieving his best trading performance to date.

A Revive! franchisee’s story of accreditation and successA Revive! franchisee’s story of accreditation and success

Revive! franchisee Adam Smith talks about how after he opened his business in September 2009 he now runs a four van fleet and has recently gained his Cosmetic Repair ATA.

Nathan Holmes, Revive! Cambridge, Goes for Gold!Nathan Holmes, Revive! Cambridge, Goes for Gold!

Nathan Holmes, Revive! Cambridge, marked his own personal achievement by smashing the company’s national record for monthly sales!

IT Expert Changes Career with Revive!IT Expert Changes Career with Revive!

In a complete change of career direction computer expert Adam McCaig has decided to set up his Revive! business in Slough.

What Our Franchisees Say

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


Why Choose Us

Revive are the first full member of the British Franchise Association in their industry sector.

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.

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