Mark from Clear Brew Durham & Sunderland discusses the path that led him and his wife to Clear Brew, share their thoughts on life as franchisee, and express their goals moving forward with the business.
Before Clear Brew I had worked in the licensed trade for all my working life, everything from a pot washer in the local to Area Manager for national pub operator and all in-between!
We had sold a pub business and, having worked in this environment for 20 years along with the recent addition of our two daughters to the family, we were looking for a business which offered a better work/life balance, but it HAD to be related to pubs as it’s all we know. My wife and I have worked together for many years, so the ability for both of us to get stuck in and put our mark on the new business in our area of expertise was a real advantage.
We have forged a real collaboration with a key regional brewer and pub operator in our area and this has led to not only some direct instructions, but also us being recommended across their L&T estate; it was a real big win early in the story for us.
I like that the business model offers support, national presence, and a network to liaise with, as this really helps in the infancy of any business, and it is sometimes tough to get started. I had no expectations as being self-employed is what you make of it. I had expectations of our own performance but did not have an expectation of what Clear Brew offered us.
We are making precious savings, enhancing beer quality and offering practical advice on all things beer.
It has been great! From ad hoc technical tips on the WhatsApp group and chatting with fellow franchisees to the support at central office, it has all been needed at times and always there.
Recommendations are golden. Networking with other businesses to share contacts and recommend each other’s services is a much more effective way to generate business than cold calling.
We are targeting 70 customers by the end of 2024.
I am a pub industry geek, I love talking about pubs, drinking beer and just love pubs! I keep racing pigeons and compete in a local club here in the Northeast which is my only really hobby as it leaves no time for anything else.
This is the best thing about our move to Clear Brew. Coming from a long background in hospitality, working long hours and not seeing the children as much as I would like, we are now in a position where the working week can be planned around the family life and not the other way round. Being out early in the morning and home early afternoon has not only benefited me personally, but also the family unit immensely. We just wish we had done it 10 years ago!
INTERESTED IN JOINING THE UK’S LEADING INDEPENDENT BEER LINE CLEANING FRANCHISE?
If you want to be your own boss and are looking for a great job opportunity that doesn’t require previous knowledge or experience, then contact Clear Brew today! Clear Brew are growing rapidly and looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic people who are good communicators, and have a desire to succeed. By choosing Clear Brew, you will become your own boss, running a highly successful franchise within your own protected territory. You will get comprehensive training package, full equipment pack and full ongoing support.
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After meeting Steve and being impressed with the Clear Brew concept I decided to jump in and join the Clear Brew family. The work/life balance is amazing with working pretty much mornings only and having the rest of the day free if I want.Alex Steer, Clear Brew Plymouth
Twelve months in and I can certainly say it’s the best decision I have made in terms of work. Clear Brew provide a regular and dedicated professional beer line cleaning service. We clean both keg and cask lines providing a fully managed service designed to maintain quality on a regular repeat 3 weekly cycle.Mick Woods, Clear Brew Preston
The variety of clients and venues keeps it interesting and fun, I am making a comfortable living as an owner/operator in less than 6 months, and with the size of my territory and the margins available I will be able to grow the business and further increase my income by taking on staff. I now have time to enjoy life!!!”Alan Chick, Clear Brew Taunton
High profit margins and massive growth potential
The franchise offers a vital repeat service to your customers, regardless of the state of the economy
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