Doors Open on a New World

By Dream Doors | Monday, June 29, 2015

'We have an awesome business,' say Dream Doors franchisees

John and Hazel Harris were sitting at their kitchen table in the English seaside town of Worthing when they made one of the biggest decisions of their lives. 'We wanted to live and work in New Zealand but needed the right opportunity to meet the business visa requirements. Then we found Dream Doors on the Franchise New Zealand website so we rang them there and then.' Dream Doors supplies and fits replacement doors, surfaces and fittings to restore a home's looks and value for a fraction of the cost and wastage of building new units. Franchisees offer a fast, efficient service with a huge range of finishes and fittings. Originally created in the UK, the company was brought here in 2007 by co-founder Derek Lilly and has found a ready market among cost-conscious Kiwis.

John and Hazel HarrisJohn Harris had owned a property maintenance company for 20 years, while Hazel was a business analyst, so the couple were well placed to judge the quality of the Dream Doors opportunity. 'We liked the whole business model and we clicked instantly with Derek, so we asked him to hold a Wellington territory for us while we got the paperwork sorted.' Six months later, John and Hazel arrived in New Zealand and received their first sales lead while driving from the airport! 'It was a Wellington man who'd been given our number - we knew then that the business was going to work.' Two months later, fully trained and ready to go, John and Hazel took a stand at a local home show and found themselves immediately swamped with interest. 'We hadn't planned to open a showroom straight away, but we had to so we could meet demand. 'In fact, everything happened fast: to meet our visa requirements we had financial and employment targets to meet for the first three years and we have more than exceeded them! Our sales graph started at an angle of 45 degrees and hasn't plateaued since. We employ three staff to do installation and fitting while Hazel and I do the sales and project management.

'The support from Derek is superb and unwavering and we enjoy a lot of freedom in the way we expand the business. Is it profitable? Absolutely. And after having people queuing to sign up all day, there's been many a Saturday we've said to each other, 'We have an awesome business.' Dream Doors has territories available in many parts of New Zealand, and in Australia too, with investment starting from just $43,000 +gst. 'John and Hazel have proved just how well this franchise works,' says Derek Lilly. 'If you have the sales and people skills to do what they've done, call me today!'

For More Infromation Please contact:
Derek Lilly
Phone: 03 443 5133
Email: [email protected]

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