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Father and son team, Rob and James bought into a kitchen makeover business together after deciding they were both ready for a career change.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusFull
  • UK Years Established20 years
  • Current UK Coverage63%
  • Franchisee Support Staff18
  • Personal Investment Req.£35,000 approx
  • Total Startup Cost£85,000
  • Shop-based business locationYes
  • Territory-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee employs staffYes
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Father and son find career change they want with Dream Doors

13th October 2020

Father and son find career change they want with Dream Doors

A father and son team bought into a kitchen makeover business together after deciding they were both ready for a career change.

Robert Chapman took over Dream Doors York six years ago and asked his son James to come on board with him.

Robert used to play golf with the previous owner of the showroom and felt the opportunity was right for him and his son to take over the business when the previous owner retired.

Former bookkeeper Robert said: “I had semi-retired but I still wanted to work.

“I thought to myself: ‘I’m not ready to sit around and do nothing yet’ and there’s only so many times you can tidy up your garage before it gets boring!

“Around the same time, I think my son James wasn’t enjoying his job and the prospects in his role in sports development for a local authority weren’t brilliant.

“We had a conversation about working together and, after doing our research, we decided to go for this opportunity.”

Compared to 2014, trading conditions for the showroom are very different in 2020 but Robert said it is still proving to be a highly profitable business.

He said: “Our leads have rocketed during the Covid-19 lockdown.

At the start of the lockdown we started to see a reduction in leads and fewer customers visiting the store, but we maintained contact with our customers and that has turned into sales now the showroom has reopened.

“After the early slow down, leads have started flowing in again now.

“People are not going on holidays anymore, so they’re spending their money on new kitchens instead.”

Dream Doors is looking for more talented franchisees like Robert and James who are ready to represent an industry-leading brand as part of a recession-proof business model.

There are just 19 new franchise territories available nationwide, particularly in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.

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4th January 2021

DREAM Doors has been named as one of the top 20 franchisors in the UK by a leading industry publication

Experienced franchisee says Dream Doors' model is 'perfect'Experienced franchisee says Dream Doors' model is 'perfect'

10th November 2020

Before joining the UK’s #1 kitchen makeover company six years ago, Andy worked as an area manager for another franchise firm for 20 years.

Dream Doors launching two new territories after latest training courseDream Doors launching two new territories after latest training course

30th October 2020

For the third time this year, the UK’s #1 kitchen makeover company has been training new showroom owners at its state-of-the-art training centre.

Ex-Police Officer finds 'roadmap' to business success with Dream DoorsEx-Police Officer finds 'roadmap' to business success with Dream Doors

29th October 2020

Jon Brown launched Dream Doors West Nottingham with his wife Hilary after he retired from his role with Leicestershire Police.

Franchisee family turns over a record £222,000 in one month!Franchisee family turns over a record £222,000 in one month!

24th October 2020

The team at Dream Doors Stoke sold £222,566 worth of kitchen makeover projects in September, setting a new record within the UK’s #1 kitchen makeover company.

Ex-Chauffeur drives career forward with Dream DoorsEx-Chauffeur drives career forward with Dream Doors

6th October 2020

AfTER working as a chauffeur and managing a bed and breakfast for several years, Tohid Mohebbi was ready to regain control of his working life.

Dream Doors on track to achieve £55m annual turnover despite challenging yearDream Doors on track to achieve £55m annual turnover despite challenging year

22nd September 2020

The UK’s #1 kitchen makeover company has trained new franchisees this year and they have all gone on to make sales within a few weeks of joining the business.

Dream Doors franchisee launches showroom during lockdown and turns over more than £200kDream Doors franchisee launches showroom during lockdown and turns over more than £200k

1st September 2020

After completing his initial training, Neil enjoyed only two weeks of normal trading before Covid-19 movement restrictions were imposed.

Record number of Dream Doors franchisees turn over more than 100k each in a monthRecord number of Dream Doors franchisees turn over more than 100k each in a month

24th August 2020

Despite setbacks caused by the Covid-19 lockdown, franchisees for the UK’s #1 kitchen makeover company turned over more than £7million in July – another record for the company.

Dream Doors Franchisee Jordan turns over more than 208,000K in one monthDream Doors Franchisee Jordan turns over more than 208,000K in one month

19th August 2020

A DREAM Doors franchise in Scotland has turned over more than £208,000 in one month during the Covid-19 lockdown.

What Our Franchisees Say

If you want to work for yourself and have more flexibility, I would recommend a Dream Doors franchise. Also it’s good to know that you can run your own business, but still have the back up of a national company.Matt Jones


Everything about the franchise works as it is written in the manual and, in your early days, this is important while you learn the business.Paul Reeder


The training and support has been fantastic and has really reinforced the fact that we made the right decision. The initial training was really helpful and there have been plenty of visits from the Franchise Support Manager to keep us on the right path.Helen Mahon


Why Choose Us

By replacing the doors, and usually the work-surfaces and sink, a kitchen can be transformed in 2 days

The kitchen industry is booming and, as an alternative to standard kitchen companies, Dream Doors offer our customers a solution that saves time, money and hassle

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