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My franchise story: Irmina Kowalska, Revive! Basingstoke

My franchise story: Irmina Kowalska, Revive! Basingstoke

From being almost exclusively a male-dominated sector, Revive! UK proves that there’s enough room for women in the world of car repairs

The world of cars and mobile-based car repairs has traditionally been almost exclusively male, with only a few women making it their career of choice. But with three of our four directors being female as well as some of our high achieving franchisees, Revive! is turning the tide.

Franchisee Irmina Kowalska of Revive! Basingstoke is not phased at all by being one of a handful of women operating in the sector. In 2013, she and her partner Michal decided to postpone buying a house and instead, put their savings into starting their own Revive! franchise. The automotive repair sector was a new world for Irmina, but she threw herself into it, taking up training opportunities that Revive! had on offer.

She deals with a wide range of customers, from local and national car dealerships to the general public and has been instrumental in driving sales growth for Revive! Basingstoke, gaining the ‘Developer Gold’ award at this year’s annual conference.

Last year, their dream of owning their own home was realised and now the focus is firmly on growing the business with ambitious growth plans over the next few years.

Irmina said: “Like many people starting a business, we wanted to be in more control of our future. Being part of a network really helps as we have other franchisees around us who will help if we need it, as well as the support from the head office.

“One of the best moments was winning an award for business growth at the last Revive! conference, something I am very proud of.”

At a glance Revive! Auto Innovations (UK)

Number of franchised outlets: 60
Location of units: nationwide
Investment range: £32,000
Minimum required capital: £15,000
Contact: Nikki Haythorne.

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