"Taking the decision to accept the redundancy package has allowed me to take a firm control of my future and achieve a long-held ambition to be my own boss."
Former telecoms engineer Graham Barnard has found a new calling in life after setting up his own oven valeting business.
He seized on the opportunity to launch Ovenu Brentwood after facing redundancy in his previous job as an operations manager with Openreach, which owns, operates and maintains the UK’s phone and broadband network.
Graham, who is from Brentwood, said: “Taking the decision to accept the redundancy package has allowed me to take a firm control of my future and achieve a long-held ambition to be my own boss.
“I’m looking forward to building up a loyal customer base and I believe my organisational skills and background in engineering will help in taking this new venture forward.”
Graham, who is married with two young sons, spent 20 years as a telecom engineer prior to becoming an operations manager.
He added: “Once I’m firmly established, I intend to expand the business in the future by employing sub-contractors. I’m fortunate to have the support of the Ovenu brand behind me and I’m determined to make a success of what is a new chapter in my life.
Ovenu is a franchise network which is made up of more than 100 businesses throughout the UK.
Rik Hellewell, founder and Managing Director of Ovenu, said: “I’d like to welcome Graham to the Ovenu network. It’s always fantastic to see a new business established.
“He has many years’ experience of providing excellent customer service and he certainly possesses the drive and ambition to make a huge success of his business.”
The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves and placing them into design-registered tank equipment, which uses safe, non-caustic products to clean the oven parts.
The whole process takes about three to four hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate condition. For more information or to book a professional Ovenu valet, contact Graham Barnard 01277 562177, email brentwood@ ovenu.co.uk or visit https://www.ovenu.co.uk/oven_cleaning/brentwood/