Thermawood widens Australian footprint
While 2020 has been a year of uncertainty and adaptation for most families and businesses, the Thermawood franchise network has tackled the unknown by implementing new safety measures and focusing on adapting the business model to online systems. The team battled restrictions and changes on a daily basis to keep their business on the ground. With their workplace environment continuing to build and operate amongst the most challenging of times.
New Master Franchise Partner in Queensland
Paul initially enquired about expanding the Thermawood brand into Tasmania with his sights set on moving his family there in the near future. With the uncertainty of this year, Paul decided to stay put for a while longer and take on a master franchise partner role in his current home town of Brisbane - giving him the opportunity to grow the brand presence across the state of Queensland and giving him great insight into the business operations and the rewarding benefits of life as a Thermawood franchise partner.
The border and travel restrictions have meant that the Thermawood team have had to adapt their usual face-to-face training sessions and change the way that they would normally onboard new franchise partners. Graeme Clarke, managing director of Thermawood, turned to recording video sessions and has used technology to help keep the business operating in all states, saying that “The recent government restrictions have given people more time at home and more time to think about renovations, home improvements and updates. We’ve seen a huge spike in job requests and quotes”.
New franchise location in New South Wales
The growing Thermawood network has also seen new franchise territories granted in the already established states of Victoria and New South Wales.
Melissa recently joined the Thermawood team in Sydney. She didn’t hesitate at a chance to get started straight away and jumped at the opportunity to learn the trade and use the tools. Melissa has signed on to be the next franchisee in New South Wales and is currently undergoing extensive training with Pietro, the New South Wales master franchise partner, before getting her own business up and running early next year.
New franchise partner in Victoria
Jacki Cook, Master franchise partner in Victoria has recorded one of the busiest years to date. Over the past six months, she’s seen a wave of success despite being limited by stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne. She explains that, “All of our franchisees had enough work booked ahead to continue to work where possible. We were also able to provide quotes remotely without visiting the actual clients homes.” The beauty of the business is that projects can be booked without actually meeting face-to-face.
Jacki has also been training Victoria’s newest franchise partner, Preet who has started to establish his business around Melbourne. The initial sign up and training process were all completed during Melbourne’s intense lockdown period, showing how the business model is adjustable, even in tough conditions.
Thermawood has over 50 franchise locations operating in Australia and New Zealand. One of the key benefits of becoming a Thermawood franchise partner is the ongoing support received by the head office. They supply business and marketing plans and help you to launch your franchise, with step-by-step guidance along the way.