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Why you should buy a franchise

Setting up, operating, and maintaining your own business can be hard work and stressful at times. Although there are several benefits that go alongside this, starting up your own company from scratch is incredibly difficult. In fact, some statistics have revealed that more than half of UK start-ups fail within five years.

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However, you can still have that level of independence and responsibility of running your own business, but with the support of an established and reputable company, by owning a franchise. With uncertainty around Brexit, an unstable economic future, and other contributing factors, there are numerous benefits to opening a franchise, rather than negotiating the risk of your own start-up.

We’ve outlined some of the main advantages of owning a franchise to help you make an informed decision.

 

Independence

One of the main reasons some people hold back from owning a franchise, and open their own business instead, is because of the fear of the lack of independence. But working with a recognised brand can provide you with business security, as well as giving you the freedom to make your own decisions. Whichever company you choose to franchise through, knowing that you have the backing and support of that business, gives you more independence to make bigger and more exciting decisions.

 

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Support

Support is a huge factor when it comes to investing in a franchise. You are buying into a brand that is already succeeding and wants to prolong that success, so you can be sure that you’ll receive the right support from the brand. Being commercially minded and knowing the ins and outs of running a business doesn’t always come naturally, so it’s great to have the expertise and knowledge of a company to guide you along the way. See what one of our franchisees has to say about the support we provide:

Reputation

Your reputation is important and so is that of the brand you’re franchising for. When you choose a franchise to open, you can enjoy the benefit of an established reputation from that brand, as well as marketing teams and legal departments who are keen to offer support wherever possible to ensure that brand name remains reputable.

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Reduced risk

As mentioned previously, starting a business from the ground up is difficult, expensive, and incredibly demanding; if you’re prepared to work hard, but work smart, then buying a franchise is often a much more beneficial idea. Seeing success stories of other franchise owners and knowing the business model from the get-go, allows you to gain a lot of insight into the running of the company and how this will fit around your own life. Check out what one of our own successful franchisees has to say about what attracted him to Cloudy2Clear:

Experience

We have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the franchise process, to ensure your journey is as successful as it can be. Our level of experience ensures you have the business opportunities that you require, as well as fulfilling your own career aspirations.

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You can also see what our Operations Manager, Kirk Williams, has to say about being part of the Cloudy2Clear family in a recent Which? Trusted Traders article. Visit our dedicated franchise website.

National Home Security Month with Cloudy2Clear

Although October is usually associated with pumpkins, autumn, and things that go bump in the night, for everyone at Cloudy2Clear, it’s all about National Home Security Month.

With our homes becoming fuller by the day with technological assets, furniture, and our growing families, it’s vital that security is at the forefront of our minds.

Cloudy2Clear is now an official supporter of National Home Security Month, which means we’re putting our name on something we believe in; ensuring that your home is as safe and sound as it can be.

With our range of services, we can ensure that your locks, hinges, and handles are repaired or replaced in time for Christmas, giving you peace of mind that you’ve made a conscious effort to increase and improve your security, so those precious presents are protected.

Below, we’ve outlined some hints and tips on how to keep your home secure.

 

Repair any faulty window or door locks

A broken or faulty lock is the easiest way for thieves to access your home. By making it easy for criminals to break in, there’s no deterrent. If they try to access your windows and doors and find that they’re all locked, it’s possible that they’ll be discouraged from attempting to break-in further, as this would mean causing a commotion by having to force entry.

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Hide your valuables

If possible, think about installing a safe in your home for your more expensive or irreplaceable assets.

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Get to know your neighbours

Having a good relationship with those around you on your street or in your building can give you peace of mind when you go on holiday and need someone to keep an eye on your home. Trust needs to be built over time, but if you return the favour, it’s great to know you have someone to rely on.

 

Leave a light on at night

This can be a massive deterrent to would-be burglars, as they may be more likely to avoid homes which look like they are occupied. Invest in a timer, so you save energy by only having lights come on when you’re not in your home.

 

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For more advice on how to make your home more secure, visit:

Police.uk

Home Security Month

Safewise

Ask Kirk: Everything you need to know about window glazing

Our Operations Manager, Kirk, has taken a look at some of the most commonly asked questions from self-cleaning glass to different types of window frames. Below, we’ve outlined everything Kirk knows about window glazing and everything you need to know too.

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1. What is a U-value?

This is a very important aspect of window glazing as U-values measure the effectiveness of insulation. Double glazing and triple glazing usually have lower U-values because they don’t allow a lot of heat to pass through them; the higher the U-value, the worse the material is at insulating. When it comes to windows, both the frame and the glass are attributed with a U-value. Just remember, the lower the U-value, the more efficient the window.

2. Benefits of self-cleaning glass? And how does it work?

If you find difficulty in cleaning your windows or don’t want to fork out for a regular window cleaner, self-cleaning glass may be the way forward. The science behind it is particularly impressive, with two categories of coating: hydrophobic and hydrophilic. Both use water to clean the surface, one by creating droplets via different surfaces, such as polymers and waxes, and the other by utilising rainwater as a ‘sheet’, removing any dirt without any smears or streaks. The most popular use for self-cleaning windows is hydrophilic as it’s much more cost effective and work wells on materials such as glass.

3. What are the different types of window frames? And which is the best one?

Only 43% of homes in England are fully double glazed, so it’s no wonder that there are so many different types of window frames to choose from to fit all property and glazing types.

– Aluminium

As mentioned before, U-values are important when looking at efficiently for windows, both the glass and the frames. However, aluminium is a very strong conductor of heat, so measures need to be put in place to ensure this robust and light material can insulate more effectively.

– Wooden

Wooden frames can be aesthetically pleasing, especially on period properties. They’re also a fairly good insulator, but come with a few disadvantages, such as regular maintenance to keep them looking new. They also expand / contract dependent on the weather conditions, which can warp and twist the wood.

– Composite

Similar, but much more effective than just wooden frames, composite frames contain wood products, combined with another material, such as aluminium. This gives the effect of an appealing wooden finish on the inside, with the strength of aluminium on the outside. They’re both energy efficient and a great insulator.

– uPVC / vinyl

Each come with their own unique advantages and disadvantages, but for double glazing, uPVC / vinyl frames are usually the most popular and the most efficient. The material is easy to maintain, can be wiped down without effort, and is resistant to pollution. Windows that utilise uPVC are usually strong and robust too, so will last a while.

4. Benefits of heat absorbing tints?

Most commonly used in commercial buildings, tinted glass or glazing absorbs the sun’s powerful solar heat. This high-performance glass blocks daylight into a building, as well as increasing privacy.

5. What are the different types of window coatings?

If you’re looking to reduce your energy loss, window coatings, such as low emissivity coatings, can aid this. If you already have double glazed windows, you can buy films to apply yourself, but the majority are applied to the glass during the manufacturing stage. Coatings generally reflect, therefore reducing solar radiation.

6. Can I repair any failed double glazing?

Yes, you can. Contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today for a free, no obligation quotation. We can assess your windows and the type of glass / frames you have and offer expert advice of the best next steps.

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