Hi, I'm Graham Rogers, the founder and owner of OvenGleamers®.
I started my business, after being made redundant from the Royal Air Force in 1996. At first the company was an IT consultancy business, but in 2002 there was a recession in the IT world.
I just couldn't get any work at all. I got into my mind that I was unemployable in regular permanent work. I felt I was 'on the scrap heap at 42'. I couldn't find anything to do.
I started looking at business opportunities, and in particular franchises. I looked at fast food businesses but was put off by the amount of investment required. In the end I bought a cleaning agency franchise.
I learnt about how to run a successful business and with the help of the franchisor built it fast.
The business was okay but really it wasn't the ideal business for me.
The day to day issues of cleaners being unreliable was difficult for me deal with. Letting down clients didn't make me happy!
People kept asking me about oven cleaning and in 2004 I started thinking about the possibilities of starting an oven / AGA cooker cleaning company.
I'd be the grafter and I thought if I did the work I could make sure that things would be reliable and efficient.
It was a conversation that I had one day that made up my mind. The engineer who was servicing my AGA cooker told me about the fifteen vans his company had and how they were servicing 5 AGA cookers a day each.
"Wow" I thought. "There's a market out there for cleaning cookers!"...