Oven clean­ing fran­chise ex­pert joins na­tional board

The Wokingham Paper - - BUSINESS - By JOHN WAKE­FIELD

NOR­MALLY, you go out of the fry­ing pan and into the fire, but one Wok­ing­ham busi­ness­man is stay­ing in the oven and get­ting on the board.

Rik Hellewell, who runs the oven valet­ing com­pany Ovenu has been ap­pointed to the Board of the Ap­proved Fran­chise As­so­ci­a­tion (AFA).

His com­pany uses non-caus­tic prod­ucts to clean oven parts, leav­ing oven, hob and ex­te­rior spot­less.

The AFA, which was set up seven years ago, is a na­tional mem­ber­ship or­gan­i­sa­tion set up to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of fran­chises and sup­ports the growth of com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing across the sec­tor.

Mr Hellewell es­tab­lished the

Ovenu brand in 1994 and has over­seen its de­vel­op­ment into a fran­chise net­work of more than 100 busi­nesses op­er­at­ing through­out the UK and world­wide.

As part of his role with the AFA, Rik will draw on his fran­chise ex­pe­ri­ence to sup­port ex­ist­ing mem­bers and de­velop the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

A pleased Mr Hellewell said: “I am very pas­sion­ate about the fran­chise sec­tor and am de­lighted to have been asked to join the AFA’s board.

“I be­lieve that, as an As­so­ci­a­tion that isn’t tied or gov­erned in any way to ei­ther a Euro­pean or even a global fran­chise body, the AFA is ide­ally po­si­tioned to of­fer an ex­tremely vi­able ac­cred­i­ta­tion op­tion for fran­chisors and an ef­fec­tive plat­form for part­ner mem­bers to sup­port the mem­bers.

“Hope­fully I can draw on my many years’ ex­pe­ri­ence within fran­chis­ing to help de­velop the AFA, sup­port our mem­bers and use this po­si­tion to fur­ther cham­pion the sec­tor.”

Rik Hellewell has been ap­pointed to the Board of the Ap­proved Fran­chise As­so­ci­a­tion

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