Chris O’Halloran opened his Ripples showroom in Chelmsford in September 2010. His consistent hard work and high performance have meant that his business has enjoyed year-on-year growth. As a result of this success, Chris has been able to open a second showroom in Colchester much earlier than he had originally anticipated.
Having already been shortlisted for the Startups Franchisee of the Year award, celebrating the achievements of Britain’s most exciting and fast growth businesses aged three years and under, Chris’ business continues to go from strength to strength as proven by this expansion.
Ripples is the premier bathroom franchise, designing and supplying high-end bespoke bathrooms for both residential and commercial clients. Ripples pride themselves on the quality of their products and their exceptional customer service. Franchisees operate their own beautifully-appointed showrooms in the luxury retail market. There are currently 15 franchised showrooms in the UK and the network boasts over 50 industry awards to date.
Franchisees operate in a market predicted to be worth nearly £1 billion by 2016, making now an ideal time to invest with Ripples. Chris’ new showroom is expected to turnover £500k by year two and, with ten luxury bathroom settings, his new showroom will enable him to increase his sales to £1.5 million within his territory.
“Opening a second showroom had always been in my plan but to be able to do it so soon after buying my franchise is something I’m very proud of. It just goes to show that hard work and dedication to your business really does pay off,” says Chris.
It is not only Chris who will benefit from the success of his showrooms. The junior designer at his showroom in Chelmsford has been promoted and will now be the senior designer at the new showroom in Colchester. The success of Chris, his showroom and his team is testament to the training and support that is offered when you become part of the Ripples franchise family.
Ripples hands-on training and launch programme is designed to give new franchisees the experience and confidence to run and manage their own busy showrooms. Training is carried out by Ripples own expert team, as well as approved suppliers. Once trading, a member of the support team visits new showrooms weekly for two months to ensure franchisees are laying the foundations for success and the national PR and marketing campaigns help to drive clients through the door.
“The assistance and encouragement I’ve received from the whole team at head office has been brilliant from day one and I’m confident that they will continue to support me with the same care and attention during the running of my second showroom,” says Chris.
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