Alan hangs up his oven gloves at 72

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

A BUSI­NESS owner is to hang up his gloves af­ter call­ing time on his oven valet­ing ca­reer.

Alan Cord­well, 72, has run the Ovenu Macclesfield and Stock­port fran­chise for 12 years.

He is now on the look­out for two new re­cruits to hand over the reins of the busi­ness.

Alan had suc­cess­ful ca­reers in com­put­ing and pur­chas­ing be­fore join­ing the Ovenu net­work.

He started out cov­er­ing the Stock­port area in 2003 be­fore ex­pand­ing into Macclesfield in 2005 at the age of 60.

Dur­ing the 12 years Alan cleaned more than 6,000 oven with 60 per cent of his busi­ness com- ing from rec­om­men­da­tions and re­peat cus­tom.

Alan said: “Be­ing my own boss al­lowed me to tai­lor my sched­ule, which was a mas­sive sell­ing point when I first started out, and I was for­tu­nate that the op­por­tu­nity with Ovenu was avail­able, as em­ploy­ers were re­luc­tant to take me on be­cause of my age.

“It’s go­ing to be a strange feel­ing not go­ing out to work any­more, but it has been an ab­so­lute plea­sure to serve my cus­tomers through­out the years, who I have got to know so well, and I would like to thank them for their loy­alty.”

Rik Hellewell, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Ovenu, said: “Alan is a prime ex­am­ple of some­one who has re­ally bought into the brand and seen it grow, with age be­ing no bar­rier for his suc­cess.

“Alan has left be­hind a thriv­ing, well run busi­ness.”

●● Alan Cord­well is to hang up his gloves af­ter call­ing time on his oven valet­ing ca­reer

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