In our latest Franchisor Interview, we spoke with Lucy Childs, the Digital Marketing Manager of Green Machine, to discuss what makes their franchise opportunity unique and what prospective franchisees can expect when starting a franchise with them.
How is Green Machine different from other similar franchises in the UK?
A Green Machine Commercial Cleaning franchise is a family run business like no other; we are a purely green cleaning company using eco-friendly products and practices.
What is your biggest achievement at Green Machine so far?
Our biggest achievement at Green Machine would be partnering with two amazing Franchisees within a month, and that they are already prospering, having secured over £120,000 worth of contracts. We are here for our Franchisees every step of the way with our 24/7 support.
What is the best feedback you have heard about your brand?
A testimonial from one of our Franchisees, John – Northampton Regional Director
“It is an absolute pleasure to work with the owner Jerome and his wife, Michelle. The GM Team are a pleasure to work with, and I feel greatly confident going forward that I will be able to grow my business substantially.
Jerome really took his time to make me understand the business principle and gave me detailed meetings so that I could plan and prepare for each stage of the franchise development plan.
Green Machine has continued to give us support from the time we started. Support and advice have been there when we needed it most, and they continue to be there and available.
GM has given us a strong foundation of knowledge, information, and support. We would not hesitate to recommend them to potential franchises to take the plunge that can change futures.”
Why would you recommend Green Machine to people wanting to open a franchise?
A Green Machine Franchise is an amazing opportunity to start your own successful commercial cleaning business. It offers a healthy work/life balance when you are underway and have secured your first clients. As you will bill your clients monthly, you will have security through recurring income. To give more self-assurance, you will be joining a recession and pandemic resistant business.
What qualities does the ideal franchisee possess?
You must be determined to succeed with any new business venture. Experience in owning or managing a business would be extremely beneficial. Cleaning experience is not required as it will be covered in your training. The most important factor would be to share our ideals and values in purely eco-friendly commercial cleaning to create a clean and healthy workspace.
How long does the process of starting a Green Machine franchise take?
We will invite you for an initial Discovery Call to go through the Franchise in more detail and understand your capabilities.
If all goes well and both parties wish to proceed, we will invite you for a Franchise Discovery Day at our Head office in Taunton. Here we will explain the business in more detail and clarify the next steps. At this point, if you wish to proceed and we feel you are a perfect fit, we will discuss the finance options with you. Once your finances are secured, and after the initial two weeks of training, you will be given your Green Machine Franchisee certificate. This could happen as quickly as 2-3 months.
How much support and training is offered to your franchisees?
We will initially welcome you into the Green Machine family with our two-week training course (10 days) residential all-inclusive program. You will be given all the knowledge needed to run your business successfully. Once your training is completed, you will have the Franchisors support 24/7 as and when the Franchisee needs it. To assist you, you will have access to our comprehensive operation manual and franchise drive, which is constantly updated with the latest industry best working practices and innovations.
In what ways do you help Green Machine franchisees achieve a healthy work-life balance?
Once you have your first few clients, you will start receiving a healthy monthly income from them. This will allow you to focus on business management, business development, and employing staff to help you. You choose which days, what hours best suit you and your life, but remember, the more hard work you put in, the more you will get out of it! If you have the determination and the right mindset, you can make our success your success.