Rainbow International

About the Franchise

  • Est. 1987
  • £55,000
  • Est. time to break even: Over 2 years
  • No. of Franchises: 60

Key details

Franchise: Rainbow International
Established: 1987
No. of franchises: 60

Rainbow International: Escape monotony, build a future, restore lives

Rainbow International is the leading supplier of restoration and commercial cleaning services and part of global franchising giant, The Dwyer Group. With over 80 locations in the UK, we are the number one company dedicated to providing domestic and commercial restoration and specialist cleaning services.

Building your future with Rainbow International

A Rainbow International franchise allows you to take on a new challenge and build a long-term, profitable management franchise. All this, whilst being safe in the knowledge that you have the expertise, training and constant support of an established brand right behind you:

  • Valued global brand: with a proven track record in franchising
  • Accelerated routes to market: leverage a global brand with existing partnerships
  • Extensive training: undertake hands-on training in Europe’s largest training house
  • A long-term business with £million turnover potential: profitable and scalable
  • Extensive network: knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer support from fellow franchisees
  • Great family business: spouses and family are often a part of the business
  • Exclusive area: includes 180,000 prospects to actively market

Our proven business model has been successfully operating in the UK for 28 years and our franchisees supply damage restoration services for many of the UK’s top insurance companies.

In the UK, Rainbow International is operated by a division of the ISS Group, one of the world’s largest Facility Service providers. With the opportunity to leverage a corporate identity our franchisees take advantage of accelerated routes to market and an investment that has intrinsic value as well as a £million turnover potential.

“With the established nature of the Rainbow brand, I could take the brand and use it to leverage my own development. The brand opens doors that otherwise wouldn’t be there. Having the brand behind you makes an enormous difference.”

Paul Whittington, franchisee since February 2013

Unlike many businesses that rely on a buoyant economic climate for success, it’s business whatever the weather with Rainbow International. Our franchisees are always in demand for their specialist cleaning and restoration skills. The need for repair and recovery when disasters such as fires and floods strike is endless.

“I joined the Rainbow opportunity as it sits outside the influence of economics. My business doesn’t rely on interest rates, the Euro or what politicians are doing so I have steady business come rain or shine. I wanted to choose a sound investment and this made the most economical sense.

John Luscombe, franchisee since July 2012

Our knowledge, our experience, our support: your success!

Regardless of your specific skill-sets, Rainbow International has the tools and training systems that you need to succeed. We will evaluate your strengths and work with you to fill the skills gaps ensuring you have the best possible team in place prior to launch:

  • Extensive 3 week induction training in our bespoke training facility
  • Training in the most up-to-date remediation techniques and processes
  • Business training: finance, marketing, human resources, operations, etc.
  • Ongoing support from a team of Head Office experts with over 50 personnel
  • Over 30 years of knowledge within the restoration and insurance industry
  • 100-day support programme – working with you to achieve your first 3-month’s business objectives
  • Field support from 5 Regional Support Managers dedicated to helping you grow your business
  • Field Support from our Technical Management team
  • Bespoke Rainbow eLearning training platform

“Rainbow has a proven formula and track record with training to help you – that was what I needed to add to my existing skills.”

Simon Fox, franchisee since January 2013

New franchisees undertake an intensive hands-on training programme at our custom-built training academy including a fully functioning ‘Fire & Flood Training House’ that provides the opportunity to learn and train in real life environments. With ongoing localised and national support, we equip you with the skills, knowledge and systems to hit the ground running, and never look back!

“The training was exceptional and it equipped us straight away.”

Jonathan Hargreaves-Townson, franchisee since December 2001

Turning your business dreams into reality

Our franchise fee for a territory is £55,000 plus VAT and working capital. We work closely with some of the major high street banks to get you access to funding, which can be up to 50% of the required investment.

What is included in my investment?

  • Designated area to actively market which includes 180,000 prospects
  • National Account work provided by Head Office
  • Dedicated operating manuals and systems
  • Industry leading equipment and cleaning materials
  • Van deposit, livery and internal boarding out
  • Uniforms and stationery
  • Initial and ongoing training
  • 100-day support programme
  • Marketing Kit including personalised website and branded marketing materials

By partnering with Rainbow International, you are assured a business with diversity, compassion and potential for serious growth. The high-calibre professionals in our vibrant network are passionate about achieving financial freedom and a more rewarding way of life both personally and professionally.

By leveraging Rainbow International corporate brand and providing an exceptional standard of customer service, they continue to do both.

Be part of something bigger than just a business

At Rainbow International, we don’t just restore homes and businesses. We restore value, stability and peace of mind to individuals after disaster strikes. Be in charge of your own destiny and build a profitable business whilst helping people in their time of need. Rainbow International: more than just financial rewards.

“It’s a great business if you care about people. You see people in their most devastating moments. They’ve lost their valued possessions and property and you go in to help them and turn their lives around – it’s a very rewarding job!”

Jonathan Hargreaves-Townson, franchisee since December 2001

This business is never dull and many of our franchisees are motivated by the diversity of the service. No two days are the same!

“The diversity was one of the things that attracted me to the Rainbow franchise. This isn’t a job, this is a way of life. We eat, sleep and breathe rainbow 24/7.”

Colin Jobling, franchisee since February 1998

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20 years of success and counting…

Noreen Hughes and her husband Kevin have been part of the Rainbow International franchise since 1996. Starting in East Kilbride, they now have eight territories successfully up and running. Kevin started the business as a sole trader but, due to ill health, had to take a step back. Cue Noreen; a business leader with passion and drive!

Noreen had been helping Kevin out with the admin and finances alongside her own job as an Associate Director at the Bank of Scotland. She became Managing Director of their Rainbow International franchise in 2010 in order to keep the business running as Kevin was no longer able to take an active role within the franchise.

“I worked at the Bank of Scotland for 19 years and was still working there when Kevin bought the franchise. When I had my first child I took time off for maternity leave but returned to work afterwards. For work I was travelling all over the place so when I found out I was pregnant with my second child I decided to take a career break. In 2007, when all the floods hit, I went back to working full time but within our business.

“The skills from my job at the bank have really helped me with running the franchise. People skills were important in my last job and they’re really important in this one too. Part of my job was in marketing and sales and involved getting people on board with what you’re selling, that’s really helped with Rainbow!”

Rainbow International is the leading supplier of damage restoration services and part of global franchising giant, The Dwyer Group. With over 80 locations in the UK, we are the number one company dedicated to providing residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services. The business offers you the chance to build a long-term, profitable management franchise and enjoy the benefits of an established and trusted brand.

Franchising is a great way for many to get into business with the added support of a team of experts behind them. Not unlike Noreen and Kevin, many people want to benefit from an established brand rather than set up their own business. Rainbow International seemed like the right choice for them and they felt they were well suited to the opportunity.

“Kevin and I had been working in London when we first heard about the concept of franchising. Kevin was very keen to leave his job and move back up to Scotland so he had a look around at the opportunities that were available. We chose franchising for the support and the network of people around you. One of the major factors is that you’re never on your own, you’ve always got someone to fall back on if you need it. There are procedures in place and you benefit from the experience of both the team at head office and a whole network of franchisees.”

“The people we met at Rainbow International were really energetic – that was one of our main reasons for choosing Rainbow. It gave us confidence in the business and the support that we would receive. There’s a localised market for the service so there are people on your doorstep that you can contact for business. Through my banking experience, there was also an opportunity to make contacts within the insurance industry. There seemed to be a good opportunity to build the business and we achieved sales of £200k in our first year.”

Noreen and Kevin successfully established and have grown their business for almost 20 years. They love the freedom that franchising brings to their lifestyle. Having worked in London for a number of years, they’ve certainly seen a change of pace.

“Franchising gives you the power to control your own future and gives you the opportunity to build a business. When you succeed you get a much greater sense of achievement and you’re in a much better position financially. We’ve had a few rocky times but we’ve always had the support of head office and other franchisees. We’re a close network so we’re always willing to help each other out and offer guidance where it is needed.”

“It’s quite scary when you first start. You put everything you have into the business and you hope it all works out. We really hit the ground running when we first launched and were extremely busy! Now, I feel a sense of personal achievement that we’re still here and have such a successful business after so long.”

Founded in 1981, Rainbow International has over 30 years’ experience in disaster recovery and specialist cleaning. Its proven business model has been successfully operating in the UK for 28 years and franchisees supply damage restoration services for many of the UK’s top insurance companies. In the UK, Rainbow International is operated by a division of the ISS Group, one of the world’s largest Facility Service Providers. Franchisees are renowned for being the first port of call when disaster strikes. Rainbow International is a full member of the British Franchise Association, promoting ethical franchising and a robust, sustainable business model.

“My advice to anyone looking into buying a franchise would be to investigate all of the opportunities that are available to you, see what’s required and whether it suits your skillset. When gathering information, speak to as many franchisees as you can and do a day of work experience with them to get a real feel for the business.”

With a successful 20 years behind them, you’d be forgiven for thinking Noreen and Kevin might have plans to slow down…but not so!

“My plans for the future are to keep growing the business! We have our own office space and 14 staff so we want to keep expanding and look at getting more people in.”

Noreen Hughes

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