Monthly Archives: February 2011

Feb 27

Stainless steel oven clean Bristol

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

This last week I have been oven cleaning in Bristol every day. I have had a few tough jobs and this one in particular was a thoroughly. It was a SMEG standard single oven which was completely stainless steel INSIDE. It is the first time I have ever cleaned an oven like this, in all as a company we have cleaned, at a maximum, five like this. It took me about two hours to clean it, so double the time it takes me to clean a standard single oven. Some bits were just too difficult to get to 100%, but I dipped the back cover and the fan and they came up very well. So in the end a decent job, but I am not looking forward to the next one! Really if you are thinking about buying one of these SMEG ovens for your home please think again.

 

But if you and you are looking for an oven cleaner in Bristol please give us a ring on 01275 370571.

Feb 23

OvenGleam join NSPCC 1600 club in Bristol

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

We are delighted to announce that OvenGleam oven cleaning company have committed to raising 1600 pounds for the NSPCC's South West's Child Voice Appeal by the end of September 2011. Why 1600 pounds? Well that is the amount it costs to recruit and train a Childline volunteer so that they can answer calls from children. We were encouraged to join by Deborah Meaden's recent appeal to get South West businesses on board. How are we going to raise the Money? We intend to sell oven liners and give two pounds of each sale towards the appeal.

 

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Feb 19

Oven Cleaning Franchise In Somerset, Devon, South Wales, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Stand alone country oven

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I was told by someone the other day that they were on Oven Clean's open day seminar at their HO one of group there having a look at Oven Clean's franchise opportunity was from Somerset.

 

 If you are thinking of an oven cleaning franchise in our area – and I count the following areas as being in 'our area': Somerset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds, Wiltshire, South Wales, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Exeter, Taunton, Weston Super Mare, Chippenham, Stroud Cheltenham, Penarth, Chepstow, Monmouth,… then why don't you approach us first! 

 

We would be pleased to help you and we can offer you an area that we are already marketing too, has an existing client base and one where our branding is known.

 

So get in touch! 01275 370571 or download our oven cleaning franchise prospectus

 

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Feb 18

Oven Cleaning Van Search

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Citroën H Van

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I'm currently looking at vans to choose one to for my business so that I can recommend a van to people who are looking to buy an oven cleaning franchise from us. I have found a supplier who can deliver me the van all fitted out and sign written and it is just a case of choosing one. So my list consists of the following vans:

 

Citroen Berlingo, Fiat Doblo, Nissan NV200, Renault Kangoo.

 

Really what surprises me is how bad dealers are at selling vans. When I bought our Citroen last year, from City Motors Bristol, all I did was make sure they could get one go into the showroom and pay the deposit. I didn't bother with a test drive as I we had had the older style Berlingo since 2006 with only a couple of small problems with it. Before buying it last year I went into the VW dealer to look at the Caddy – they were pretty helpful. I went into the Renault garage on more than one occasion the showroom was completely empty so no service. The Kangoo they had on the forecourt advertised at £7500 + VAT but was a deal that wasn't available as you had to get the standard spec, without the sides doors, and by the time you had added the doors etc the price suddenly had jumped to £12500, so a big increase just for two side doors!

 

This year we went out on a Sunday to look at the vans. The Nissan dealer was pretty helpful this time and show us the van and went through all the main points. The Nissan NV200 to us still looked like a big van but it is very good on fuel averaging 55 mpg.

 

The Renault garage, the same one as last year, there was two ladies who were very helpful in showing me the Kangoo vans. Unfortunately they didn't have the standard model available just the Kangoo Compact and the Kangoo Max. But I still took the measurements that I needed. 

 

At the Fiat Dealer they had lots of salesmen but as they had a special, separate office for commercial sales, which was closed on a Sunday, they were unable to show me a Doblo van. t back in the week a couple days ago, and really the new Doblo is a great quality vehicle Fiat have really improved it. I really liked the fact that the fuel consumption was listed at 58 mpg if you go for the Euro 5 which has the button that allows you to switch the engine off if you are stationary in traffic – a press of the clutch and it starts again. Also I noticed it had that thing where if you are going to do a hill start the engine will stop you from rolling back – that is you can take your foot off the brake and it won't roll back. Also we liked the safety features of the van and especially the air bags, including the side air bags in the cabin.

 

So after all my looking have I come to any conclusions, which van would make a great oven cleaners van? Well all the vans, surprising, are very much the same size and the quotes I have been given mean that they are all very much the same to buy. Of course I like the fact that they have quoted high MPG on a couple of the vans but I will believe it when I see it, as the weight of our fitted equipment will bring the mpg features down a bit.

 

Well the Doblo is a great van but it still looks pretty dam ugly but is a 'maybe' as I can get it with a tailgate and two side doors which is our ideal arrangement. The Nissan looks good and is also a 'maybe'. I have ruled the Renault Kangoo out as I didn't like the build quality in the cabin, and now storage space, and also if I don't get any response when I go to the garage to try and buy one what will the service be like if I've got a problem? And after my problem with City Motors Bristol last year – really they were just crap sorting out the problem with my Berlingo (I do another post on it) I bought off of them – I don't really want to do business with them again whether it's at their Renault or Citroen garages.

 

I've started noticing the Nissan NV200 on the road and I think if we do it right the sign writing will look fabulous on this van. I am going to look out for the Dublo too and I think the next best thing would be test drive them both.

 

 

 

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Feb 17

Oven Cleaner in Cardiff

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Well today I'm in Cardiff, and currently as I write am sat in one of the Coffee No 1  Cardiff coffee shops. The first job I have done today I finished earlier and I tried to bring job 2 forward but I'm getting no reply. So have found my favourite coffee shop. Photos of finished first job are attached and also some nice photos of Coffee No 1. I didn't get the before shot on the oven but the self cleaning panel at the back was black. I dipped it and it ended up looking great. We are currently doing a lot of work in Cardiff as we have upped our marketing and its working very well. We have found a way to get new clients fast which is going to be useful in launching new franchise areas. So after a nice cup of coffee this Cardiff oven cleaner is feeling great!

 

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Feb 17

Buying a Second Hand AGA

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

William eBay

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I thought I'd write about buying a second hand AGA as currently I am on the lookout for one myself. I need one for my training room so really it doesn't have to be one that works just one that I can use to show the techniques and processes to clean an AGA cooker. 

 

I have been looking on Ebay and last week I nearly bought an AGA, it was a standard one, that is one of the really old ones and it was unusual in that it was set up to run on coal. I say unusual as this was the way they all used to be but nearly all of them have now been converted into oil or gas. Normally AGAs on Ebay are still in situ and need to be dismantled. This costs in the region of £250. It then needs to be shipped to you (can be more money for this maybe £100 to £200) and then you need to get it reassembled at a cost of from £250 to £1000. So any AGA you see on Ebay going cheap will have these additional costs to get it in position in your home. So you need to find out if it has already been dismantled and on a pallet if you are going to get someone to transport it for you. You then find someone who can reassemble it. Of course if it is gas or oil you need to make sure the supplies are in place and you definitely need a plinth for it which you can either build yourself (it has to be dead level) out of concrete or you can buy an AGA steel plinth that can be adjusted to get the AGA level. And if you are going to use the boiler on the AGA you need to make sure that you have the pipework in place for this. Also for this you may need to up grade your hot water tank to make sure it can handle the hot water that the AGA will produce. Also you need to make sure that you have the right flues, or outlets for electric AGAs, in position. Also for electric AGAs you need to have the electricity supply in position and for a 30 Amp AGA you need to have an off peak electrictiy meter installed. For a 30 Amp AGA I have read that it isn't viable to move them once they have been installed as the need special insulation and they have a thing called 'a core' which apparently will disintegrate on dismantling. So if you see one on Ebay it really does cost a lot to get it moved and re installed (look at a reconditioned one from a reconditioning company see below) and I mean in the region of £2000.

 

So the one on Ebay I saw was on a pallet and I could have got it transported whole on the pallet for £75 and I could have just plonked in down in my garage and hey presto one AGA for demonstration purposes in position. It went £750.  But I'll carry on looking. The normal price for an old AGA is about £250. The older white deluxe AGAs (with the chrome lids) tend to sell at a lower price too. Really it is difficult to get rid of an AGA if you don't want it as even quite new ones will be only worth a few hundred quid if you try to sell them to an AGA specialist.

 

If you are thinking about an AGA and you see one on line that is only a couple of years old but is two grand less than the cost of a new one please think about it. Say you use a company like www.Classycookers.co.uk who act as a brokerage. As far as I can see you will have to pay for the AGA and then the dismantling costs the delivery costs and then the rebuild costs. They don't offer a guarantee  or original documentation or help in use of your AGA. The AGA may look different when you see it up close and when it arrives it more than likely is going to need a clean. For an AGA clean we charge from £125 for two oven AGA. So all these costs will mount up and you'll think 'I could have bought a new one after all'. Also think about why are the people selling such a new AGA. I am still reading about people having problems with 13 amp AGA cookers – though saying that our friend has had hers for two and half years without any problems – but the key is you need a guarantee.

 

If you think a two year old AGA is going to be like new, think again, most AGAs I have seen that are over 18 months old will have some sort of enamel damage on the top enamel plate. Also I have seen a two year old AGA recently that had just been reinstalled in a new house that didn't have it's original insulation jacket around the plates, they must have been destroyed when it was dismantled. Really if you are looking for an AGA that is like new then a reconditioned one is the one to go for. If you go with an AGA renovation company like Twyfords they will give you a five year guarantee – so just like a new one you'll be able to have a stress free experience with it and you'll save some money on the cost.

 

We bought our renovated 30 Amp AGA which looked like new from Mr Cooker for £5500, three years ago, which at the time was a significant discount on the cost of a new one which would have been £11000.

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Feb 16

Oven Cleaning Franchise Show Newcastle Upon Tyne and Middlesbrough

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Gateshead Millenium Bridge, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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We are getting a lot of interest in our Franchise Opportunity and I have been taking interested parties out to show them how our processes differ from other companies. Really I think this is going well and we are starting to become slicker at doing this.

 

After our last Franchise Show in Milton Keynes we have had a rethink and after some excellent advice from an established Franchisor, with an extremely large network of franchisees, we have decided to do do things differently. So this has meant a few changes to make sure that we are offering a unique oven cleaning franchise opportunity. We are now offering franchises from £7995 for 100,000 households and then offer bigger areas with additional costs. The reasoning behind this is that we have been operating a multi van oven cleaning company for five years now and have gone through the hoops to learn how to do it well. So that is our main strength and we are in a good position to offer advice in support in this area. So our basic package which is £7995 + VAT  is really designed for a single van, but is also large enough to offer a multi van opportunity. Bigger areas will of course offer even bigger opportunities plus will allow franchisees to be a position of ownership of larger areas where they will themselves have the opportunity to sell off areas. That is they will be able to split their own areas and get an income from this.

 

Our next Franchise Show is going to be in Newcastle and Middlesbrough – and we are launching our newly named franchise arm called OvenGleamers. This will be our protected name and our franchisees will operate under this name.

 

So for Oven Cleaning Franchise Show Newcastle and Oven Cleaning Franchise Show Middlesbrough put the dates 8th and 9th of April in your diary. It's at the Middlesbrough Football Ground on the 8th and then Newcastle Race Course on the 9th. So don't say I haven't  given you fair warning of this, this time, and we of course, we will be delighted to see you.

 

I have already set up a Franchisee Page, for a Newcastle Upon Tyne, on my website, and currently after only setting it up a few days ago we are ranking in position number 8 if you put in 'oven cleaning newcastle upon tyne'. See Oven Cleaning Newcastle. I going to try and get to the top by the time of the show.

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Feb 16

Red Nose Oven Cleaning Van

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

One of our guys turned up a the office last week with a Red Nose on his oven cleaning van. We were impressed as this year's red nose that you buy from Sainsburys in a lot better than last year. Last year it was the magnetic one which kids either knicked or it blew off in the wind. This year it's a plastic one with a monster face on and you get some red  tie wraps with it so that you can secure it to the vehicle.

 

Nigel says that he is getting some 'looks' – well the van normally gets a few sneers and laughs anyway but with this it makes it even better, uglier or whatever. It looks the part; I need to go and buy another four…

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Feb 15

Cardiff Oven Cleaning

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Cardiff International Pool, Cardiff Bay, Wales

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We gone from a quite period in the second half of January to a really busy period four weeks later so that we are now pretty full up for the next couple of weeks. So this is unusual for us as we are normally booking in jobs a few days in advance and really we like this as it means that we can offer a faster service. I think we had the same problem last year and we solved it by taking on two new staff. So are we going to do the same again this year? Well recruiting has its problems and I think we are going to do our best with me taking on work for the next couple of months and then review it then. I think ideally we'd like a new member of staff to start for the Summer season when we get lots of Student let cleans in Bristol and Cardiff. But it means we will need to get another van.

 

Talking of Cardiff we all have been there in the last couple of weeks. I was there last Thursday and looking at my schedule I am going to be there again this Thursday. Hmm had some dirty ones there last week. Lets hope we have some cleaner ones this week! As I only have cleaned a few ovens this year I was aching a bit at the end of this week.

 

 I am currently working a couple of days a week, as our son goes to nursery in the afternoons I spend the mornings looking after him, so being an oven cleaner  part time allows me to pick up the extra work and allows me to be in the office to response to those people interested in our Oven Cleaning Franchise Opportunity.  So that is what I have done today; I did a demonstration clean locally to the office. If you like to see how we operate please contact us to make an appointment on 01275 370571.

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