13th October 2020
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.
24th October 2020
The team at Dream Doors Stoke sold Â£222,566 worth of kitchen makeover projects in September, setting a new record within the UKâ€™s #1 kitchen makeover company.
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.
22nd September 2020
The UKâ€™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.
1st September 2020
After completing his initial training, Neil enjoyed only two weeks of normal trading before Covid-19 movement restrictions were imposed.
24th August 2020
Despite setbacks caused by the Covid-19 lockdown, franchisees for the UKâ€™s #1 kitchen makeover company turned over more than Â£7million in July â€“ another record for the company.
19th August 2020
A DREAM Doors franchise in Scotland has turned over more than Â£208,000 in one month during the Covid-19 lockdown.
4th August 2020
Dream Doorsâ€™ managing director Ed Brewer said the companyâ€™s recession-proof business model, plus the hard work of showroom owners, means the firm continues to succeed in turbulent times.
3rd March 2020
A new online animation is proving a hit with customers visiting Dream Doorsâ€™ website and increasing sales for the companyâ€™s 96 showrooms.
25th February 2020
Twenty Dream Doors franchisees enjoy their best ever month of trade.
13th February 2020
Dream Doors has got off to a fantastic start to 2020, with ten franchisees turning over more than Â£100k this January.
5th February 2020
Dream Doors has surpassed a monthly turnover figure of Â£5.5million this January, setting a record for the franchisor.
14th January 2020
Make 2020 the year you finally take the leap and start running your own highly profitable Dream Doors franchise.
19th December 2019
Five Dream Doors showrooms turned over more than Â£1million in 2019 - a record for the franchisor.
17th December 2019
Dream Doors has been recognised as one of the best franchisors in the country by a leading industry publication.
5th December 2019
Former England rugby union coach Sir Clive Woodward spoke about what it takes to create a winner at Dream Doorsâ€™ annual conference.
29th October 2019
Dream Doors has achieved its fastest ever showroom opening for the second time in a year.
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
If you want to work for yourself and have more flexibility, I would recommend a Dream Doors franchise. Also itâ€™s good to know that you can run your own business, but still have the back up of a national company.Matt Jones
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
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
By replacing the doors, and usually the work-surfaces and sink, a kitchen can be transformed in 2 days