Allkare recruits Master Franchise owner for Ireland

Property care franchise Allkare has sold the Master Franchise for Ireland to Belfast-based entrepreneur Chris Gregg. Before joining the network, Chris operated a successful pizza delivery business and gained experience within the property repairs industry. With Allkare's help, Chris will launch a pilot operation, on the outskirts of Belfast and plans to recruit franchise owners within 18 months.

Allkare company founder Peter Hargreaves said: The commencement of a new Master Licence is a huge commitment for both the franchisor and Master franchise owner. There's added responsibility and a greater financial investment from both parties, so the fit has to be as near to perfect as possible.

"For me, the challenge was to find someone who could first build relationships with local insurers and loss adjusters, and then support a network of franchisees. Chris is the ideal Master franchise owner for Ireland because he has the right attitude; he's the kind of person who will get off his backside and look for work rather than wait for it to fall in his lap. In my opinion, that's the mark of a true businessman and entrepreneur."

Chris spent three years looking for the right franchise investment. He says: "While I've encountered a number of interesting concepts, none of the people behind them had the level of commitment and enthusiasm I was looking for.

"When I first started to research Allkare, I spent some time browsing through the company's website, and it was there that I read about its founder, Peter Hargreaves. I think it's important to understand the people behind any business, and I was pleasantly surprised to find Peter's mobile number on the website. It said a lot about him and his approach because in my experience, there are not many managing directors who would do that!"

"I spent two days with Allkare in total, some of the time with Peter, some of the time with the team, and some of the time out in the field. It was a full-on couple of days, but I got to learn a lot about the business, and also began to fully understand its exciting potential for network growth in Ireland. Being able to go out on surveys helped me get to grips with the operations, and visiting the offices showed me the powerful infrastructure and systems that make Allkare unique."