Ovenu enters Australia

UK OVEN VALETING franchise Ovenu has granted its Master Franchise for Australia, with British-born couple Bernard and Janet Bannon taking responsibility for recruiting a national network of sub-franchisees as well as establishing a pilot operation in Perth. The Master Franchisees are seeking to launch an initial 12 sub-franchisees in Western Australia during 2006.

Ovenu predominantly offers an oven cleaning and valeting service, but also uses its expertise to clean other items such as barbecues. Since 1994 Ovenu has cleaned over one million items, and has over 100 franchisees in its UK network.

"This is a fantastic opportunity in a country where its people are very protective of their leisure time," says Ovenu founder and Managing Director Rik Hellewell (pictured, left, with Bernard Bannon). "The service industry thrives on undertaking jobs that householders would prefer other people to do. Ovenu's professional valeting service is a perfect fit for that category."

Adds Bernard Bannon: "Research has shown that there is more demand for the service in Australia than there is in the UK. Janet and I are looking forward to the challenge of making Ovenu a real force 'Down Under'."