Business Franchise Australia


Industry heavyweights to build new franchise

A collaboration between the owners of building heavyweights G.J. Gardner Homes and Smith & Sons has resulted in the development of a new commercial fit-out franchise expected to generate up to $10 million turnover in its first year.

After just six months of inception the group already has six franchisees, with several more looking to join in the coming months. With first year targets reached in New South Wales the focus is on establishing the business’ presence in Western Australia and New Zealand.

Greg Gardner founder of G.J. Gardner Homes, Matt Hope Master Franchisee of G.J. Gardner NSW /ACT and Corey Passey from renovation specialist Smith & Sons realised there was an opportunity to offer builders more long-term career options.

“Right now, there is an excellent capacity for growth with this business as it provides a solution for a niche in the marketplace that has been overlooked until now,” said Mr Hope, Total Fitouts NSW / ACT Managing Director.

“Economic circumstances have meant industries that have taken large spaces in expectation of growth are now relinquishing it resulting in more need for refurbishments of smaller spaces or refits to avoid the expense of moving.

“Our prediction is that we will have 50 franchisees nationally in the next two to three years.”

Total Fitouts Australia/ New Zealand Managing Director Jeremy Dyer said the partnership would assist business growth in the building industry.

“Total Fitouts is the perfect solution for an existing builder wanting to leave behind the hassles of the residential building industry such as home warranty insurance, in favour of more commercial work,” Mr Dyer said. 

With over 50 years’ combined experience in the franchise building game, the systems behind the business are second to none and we offer a potential franchisee a secure business opportunity from highly reputable operators.

“We know what it takes to run a successful building company and will apply that knowledge and expertise to ensuring the success of Total Fitouts. It is a competitive market but reputation is paramount and it is hard to beat the collective experience of the founders.”

Greg Gardner said being part of the business was a strategic move to diversify earning potential.

“Our focus has always been on residential building but after the opportunity was presented to us we jumped at the chance to lend our experience to bringing a new reliable, trustworthy building brand to a new market,” he said. 

Corey Passey from Smith & Sons said they became involved as it offered builders more opportunity.

“The building renovations game is not for everyone but we know there are many operators out there who would like to remain in the industry but who want a change of pace from residential work and Total Fitouts provides this option,” he said.

Total Fitouts specialises in key markets of hospitality, health care, offices, professional suites and retail franchises.