David Ward left the Marines as a Lieutenant Colonel after 30 years of service and helped run the Royal Marines charity for years after that. He feels the transferable skills he learnt in the military will now help him as he opens the doors of a new kitchen showroom in Plymouth.
"I joined the marines because of the challenge and because I wanted a physical, outdoor job. It allowed me to serve all over the world – in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Northern Ireland among other places.
I wanted a second career after leaving the military, it was just a case of finding the right moment to take that step. I feel happy to move on from the Royal Marines charity and to set up my own business working for the UK’s number one kitchen makeover company in the South West, where I want to be.
I have always wanted my own business and I always wanted that business to be people-centric and related to home development in some fashion.
I think franchising is a great fit for people from military backgrounds. Franchising takes strong project management skills, which you need in the military, and it’s a way to combine the ability to manage people and serve people."
Dream Doors is looking for more talented franchisees like David who want to run their own local business, while also representing an industry-leading national brand.
There are just 19 new franchise territories available nationwide, particularly in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.
Franchisee Neil Fisher followed in the footsteps of a childhood friend to launch his own Dream Doors trading territory.
Simon Herbert took the leap into running his own business two years ago and opened Dream Doors Gloucester.
Ramin Razaq relocated from Belarus to open a profitable kitchen makeover showroom in the UK with his wife Wida.
After more than a decade of trading, Dream Doors franchisees Mike and Elaine Hurley are still enjoying their work and making great money.
Chris Nowell joined Dream Doors in early 2019 and is now running a kitchen showroom in Telford.
Almost five years after joining Dream Doors, Mark Holmes continues to see his take home profits rise.
Vishal Amin has found a way to balance spending time with his growing family and earning a great take home salary with Dream Doors.
Paul Brown describes how he discovered a ‘flourishing’ business model at Birmingham’s NEC.
Ex-service engineer Mick Appleton is indulging his love of interior design by opening a kitchen showroom.
It took Wilson Craig just 31 days to formally open his kitchen showroom in his hometown of Prestwick.
Former sales manager Jordan McDonald is aiming to fulfil his professional destiny running a Dream Doors showroom in Stirling.
Colin Lynch was looking for a change of career and knew franchising for the UK’s #1 kitchen makeover company was the way forward.
Chis Robottom has rallied from a Brexit-fuelled redundancy by taking on his own kitchen makeover showroom franchise.
Changing his career direction has given Wilson Craig the chance to work alongside his family.
Selling up the family business allowed the Bachelor family to start a lucrative Dream Doors kitchen makeover franchise.
Jeremy Taylor is adapting his knowledge of selling healthcare products to selling kitchen makeovers as a Dream Doors franchisee.
David Parr was looking for a career change that offered greater earning potential.
Jaspal and Sarbjeet Hayle jumped at the chance to change career direction and take over a Dream Doors franchise.
Gary and Hayley Ashe relocated to Britain to tap into its ‘mature’ franchising market.
Former sales manager Manbir Takhar was looking for a new work opportunity when he joined Dream Doors in 2015.
Sean and Katie Hebdon have built a successful, family-run business that delivers the lifestyle they had always craved.
For Jon O’Hara opening the first Dream Doors showroom in Northern Ireland was also about finding the working freedom he was seeking.
Two childhood friends, Andy Earnshaw and Robert Wood, are topping up their pension pots by launching a Dream Doors franchise.
Focusing on top notch customer service has allowed husband and wife, Martin and Alex Smith, to build a highly profitable business.
Ex-Mailman Anthony Nolan has found a new post running a Dream Doors franchise.
A seven year conversation with Dream Doors has finally led to Eddie Shiels coming on board and taking on a showroom.
Malcolm and Jon Newnham set themselves a sales target of £300k for their first year and achieved that figure in just six months.
Dream Doors franchisee Lynn Fletcher found the working flexibility she needed by joining the UK’s #1 kitchen makeover company.
Taking on a Dream Doors franchise allowed ex-teacher Matt Jones to move back to his favourite part of the country.
Former salesman Ross Gamble moved nearly 5,000 miles to open a Dream Doors kitchen showroom.
The James family has worked together to generate over £1million in annual sales from their Dream Doors showroom in Stoke-on-Trent.
Ex-banker Jerry Innesbeer took back control of his working life by taking on a Dream Doors franchise after being made redundant.
Samiul Islam and Abdul Muktadir have surpassed their income targets in their first 18 months of running a Dream Doors franchise.
After training to be a butcher in his youth, Kevin later became a health and safety officer for a multi-national corporation, inspecting factories around the world. But, by his own admission, a love of international travel can ‘wear off’
IN JUST ten months Clive and Angela Coldwell have generated well over £1million, they attribute their success to the power of the Dream Doors brand.
Dream Doors franchisees Richard Marshall and Jamie-Louise Brewer generated over £94,000 in their first month of trade.
Joining Dream Doors has been a 'whirlwind' for David and Kate Howle of Worcester.
Mark and Rachael say that they have never felt more at home whilst working as Dream Doors Franchisees.
Lavine decided to open his own Dream Doors franchise and tells us what first attracted him to the proposition.
Matt Jones, the new owner of Dream Doors Truro, worked as a design technology teacher for 12 years before taking on a franchise.
Dream Doors tells us how Barry Payne recovered from a career ending fall to turn around an ailing Dream Doors business.
Everything about the franchise works as it is written in the manual and, in your early days, this is important while you learn the business.Paul Reeder
If you want to work for yourself and have more flexibility, I would recommend a Dream Doors franchise. Also it’s good to know that you can run your own business, but still have the back up of a national company.Matt Jones
The training and support has been fantastic and has really reinforced the fact that we made the right decision. The initial training was really helpful and there have been plenty of visits from the Franchise Support Manager to keep us on the right path.Helen Mahon
By replacing the doors, and usually the work-surfaces and sink, a kitchen can be transformed in 2 days
The kitchen industry is booming and, as an alternative to standard kitchen companies, Dream Doors offer our customers a solution that saves time, money and hassle