ServiceMaster was first established in the United States in 1929 as a small one man business in the Chicago area. The business had a carpet cleaning plant but introduced the innovation of cleaning carpets onsite at customer’s houses. Rapid growth followed over the next 20 years and in 1949 the company began expanding across the USA through franchising.
ServiceMaster Clean franchising was introduced to the UK in 1959 where the first business offered both carpet and upholstery. Furnishing services was set up by ServiceMaster in 1987. They were branded to Furniture Medic 10 years later. Other services in the ServiceMaster Family of Brands are ServiceMaster Clean (compromising four franchise opportunities – Residential & Commercial Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, Disaster Restoration and Contract Services (Office Cleaning)), Merry Maids (Domestic Cleaning), TruGreen (Professional Lawn Care) and Rosemary Bookkeeping (our newest addition to the Group) We now have over 700 franchise licenses established throughout Great Britain.
You will be designated a territory determined by population and demographics to market and build your customer base.
We have an excellent reputation for supporting franchisees which puts us in the pedigree class in terms of major banks. They currently offer up to 70% financing of the initial fee and equipment package, subject to credit approval. A business plan will be created on your behalf and presented to at least 2 major banks of your choice to raise the necessary finance and working capital, should you require it.
Making a career change is a big decision, especially when it means becoming your own boss. You’ve already begun the process by requesting this information and reading what Furniture Medic has to offer. Naturally, we don’t expect you to make the emotional and financial commitment needed to become a Furniture Medic franchisee without learning more. We encourage you to contact our franchise sales team.
We would also encourage you to complete an expression of interest form. On receipt of the Expression of Interest Form, we will contact you to answer any questions you may have and provide you with additional information about Furniture Medic. We feel it’s important we meet personally and invite you to join a Discovery Day.
The Discovery Day is a one to one meeting held at SeviceMaster House with our Head of Franchising. This gives you the opportunity to learn more about business ownership and what to expect from a franchise including the markets we serve and the services we provide. We’ll also outline our training, business development and marketing programmes.
You will have the opportunity to meet with those who will be involved in preparing you to become a Furniture Medic business owner. You will take away with you details to enable you to evaluate the franchise fully, telephone numbers of existing franchises and the answers to any questions you may have brought up. We encourage you to research this, or in fact any franchise you commit to, thoroughly.
This is your day for learning and inspection and not a day for commitments or decisions. We simply encourage you to reflect and review the option further. We will only benefit from your growth; your success is our success. This is the basis that has provided ServiceMaster with consistent solid growth for over 50 years in the UK and has provided the dream of self-employment for hundreds of people, giving job satisfaction, security of work and equity growth in their own business.