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Revive! Case Study
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.
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
Next Steps

Adam Smith Set Up Revive! Luton in October 2008

Adam Smith picked up early on in his career in pharmaceuticals research that a job for life doesn’t seem to exist anymore and he quickly formulated a plan to work for himself.

However, in 2008 and at only 28 years old Adam was relatively inexperienced:
"I was attracted to franchising as a proven business model and felt that it offered me the best way of starting to work for myself.

I’d always been interested in cars from an early age and at one point looked at employment opportunities in the motor industry, but then my father suggested Revive! to me. He knew Mark Llewellyn (Managing Director of Revive!) and he thought I might enjoy running a car-related business."

Revive! - Adam SmithAdam liked the fact that with Revive! you are running your own business rather than buying a job. Franchise owners are encouraged and supported by the Revive! central team to grow their business and their profitability.

Together with his girlfriend, Kim Richardson, Adam decided to go for it and in October 2008 they set up Revive! Luton. Since then the couple have developed the business and now run 5 vans, employing a team of four repair technicians.

Adam says there have been many high points during the past five years:
"Earning £2k in a week was a particular high point as this coincided with setting a record as the highest earning first month for a Revive! franchisee. Other high points include beautiful sunny days, a job well done and a sense of pride in what I do that I have never experienced in previous jobs."

Between 2011-2012 Revive! Luton achieved 91% growth with a further projected growth of 55% in 2012-2013. In 2014 the business was awarded Franchisee of the Year out of a network of over 75 Revive! businesses across the UK. Adam and Kim were also commended for the support they have given to other Revive! franchisees in neighbouring territories.

On winning the award, Adam said:
"We have built a strong team at Revive! Luton and we are very optimistic about the future of the business. The foundations for our success are similar to the values that Revive! UK holds so close, namely outstanding customer service and technical excellence in terms of the work we do. Receiving this award has given me and the team a real boost. We plan to extend our fleet to seven vans in the next 12 months and there are some new innovations coming, so watch this space! While we appreciate the recognition of the award there are further exciting times ahead."

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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 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.

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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