25-year old Ashley Kelly, who lives in Yate, is launching his new business this month, Revive! Bristol, specialising in repairing minor bodywork damage, wheel damage, and scuffs & scrapes on vehicles.
Born and raised in Bristol Ashley attended Chipping Sodbury Specialist Technology School before undertaking a 3 year panel beating and body repair Apprenticeship at the Parkway Transport Technology Centre, part of City of Bristol College. As part of his apprenticeship Ashley worked for a car dealership in Chipping Sodbury and when he’d finished his course he continued on in their body shop.
Eight years on and Ashley started thinking about moving on to new pastures. Becoming his own boss had been a long held dream.
"I thought starting up my own body shop would be too risky as the overheads are so high, then I came across Revive! It’s a mobile business and I have everything I need in my van. I travel to customers’ homes or places of work and can repair minor scrapes, bumper scuffs or refurbish alloy wheels there and then."
Ashley continued: "The techniques and equipment we use at Revive! guarantee an excellent result and the prices are very competitive. Most of the time the cost is less than the insurance policy excess so it doesn’t affect customers’ no claims bonus."
Ashley’s territory covers the whole of Bristol and surrounding areas. In the future he hopes to expand his operation by taking on additional vans and employing staff.
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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.
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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, marked his own personal achievement by smashing the companyâ€™s national record for monthly sales!
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.
In a complete change of career direction computer expert Adam McCaig has decided to set up his Revive! business in Slough.
Huw James decided to take a leap of faith and set up his own franchise, after working in procurement and logistics for over 15 years.
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Russell Hudson, 38, became owner of Revive! West Lincs in 2006. Heâ€™d just spent ten years in the hospitality business, and fancied getting his hands dirty . . . .
Paul Brimelow, 29, became owner of Revive! Crawley in 2008 at the beginning of the credit crunch. Heâ€™d just spent five years as an estate agent.
Byron Lindsay, 34, became owner of Revive! High Wycombe in 2008. Heâ€™d just spent ten years travelling the world in the commercial laundry business and decided it was time to put down some business roots closer to home.
Richard Williamson, the latest franchisee to join the Revive! Smart Repair Franchise provides a diary of what his first week was like as him as the boss of his very own automotive franchise.
Dan Normanton's journey from Revive! employee to Owner of the Year has seen him build a substantial business despite having no previous experience
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 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.