Dream Doors, the kitchen makeover retailer, has invested £750,000 in a new state-of-the-art training centre, featuring a range of the company’s products alongside the latest appliances from brands Blanco, Franke, Karndean and Samsung.
Based in the grounds of the Grade II listed Cams Hall Estate in Fareham, Hampshire, Dream Doors said that this new facility was a major milestone in the company’s development, adding the infrastructure required to support 100 franchisees by the end of next year.
Dream Doors was recently able to run its largest ever franchisee training course at the site, taking seven new business owners and their partners through a comprehensive three-week programme.
The company explains that new franchisees in training who won’t have had any previous kitchen industry experience learn how to deal with customers, how to find and recruit staff, how to survey kitchens and how to order parts.
Dream Doors says that its 84 existing franchisees will also benefit from the new centre, with continuous training and development undertaken at the site.
Ed Brewer, director of UK sales, said: “We offer industry leading and award-winning training and support. So investing in this new training centre is fitting for the size and status our company has grown to enjoy.
“It was high time to move into a state-of-the-art, purpose-built training centre. It lets us replicate what our business owners will have to do in customers’ homes in a controlled learning environment.
“For existing franchisees, we will also be rolling out a series of workshops and courses designed to cater to those who are at a more advanced stage of their Dream Doors career. This is all part of our ethos of continual professional development.
“Dream Doors is continuously reinvesting in training and support for its new and existing franchisees. In short, while the training centre looks fantastic, it’s not there to be pretty, it’s to help all of our franchisees accelerate their businesses.”
Dream Doors has 19 remaining territories available in the UK and is particularly looking to recruit franchisees for the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.