Oven cleaner to the ‘stars’ celebrates 20 years in business with Ovenu
Oven valeter Steve Archibald, who counts a host of celebrities amongst his clients, is marking the 20th anniversary of his business, Ovenu Oxford.
The 52-year-old estimates he has restored the sparkle to more than 12,000 ovens over the past two decades, but despite that he insists his passion for the job is undiminished.
Archibald said: “There are a host of celebrities who live in the Oxford area, some of whom I’m pleased to count as clients.
“This business is all about meeting some lovely people and delivering an excellent service. It’s certainly a varied life, one minute you might be cleaning the oven of someone who was on TV the night before, and the next you are chatting to a pensioner on a council estate.
“While cleaning a celeb’s oven might make life more interesting, they also tend to have much larger and more intricate appliances, such as range cookers!”
Archibald, who is Oxford born and bred, has several star names on his books, including a Hollywood actor, famous musicians, plus TV and media personalities. Given the area’s strong links to the automotive industry and motor sport, other clients include figures with links to Formula 1.
Before launching Ovenu Oxford in 2002, he worked at the city’s BMW plant, leading a team involved in quality inspection and road-testing the MINI. Prior to that he trained as a chef in Oxford in a French restaurant, La Sorbonne, where he cooked for Princess Diana, Sir Edward Heath, Harold Wilson and Sir Alec Guinness.
‘Recognised quality brand’
Archibald, who still lives in the centre of Oxford, said he was drawn to the Ovenu franchise because of its targeted territories, the high level of ongoing support available, and the fact it is a recognised quality brand.
He added: “It’s also different from other franchises in as much as it charges a flat monthly fee rather than taking a percentage of your income, which means it’s easier to budget for and more importantly, you’re hard work is not penalised.
“My main priority is keeping busy and maintaining high standards, which is why Ovenu Oxford is such a success. My first ever client is still with me today, which means I must be doing something right.”
Rik Hellewell, founder and managing director of Ovenu, said: “Congratulations to Steve on his 20th anniversary. He’s one of our most experienced oven cleaners, and a great example of someone who has used the Ovenu franchise model to build a highly successful business.”
Ovenu is one of the leading UK and international domestic oven cleaning and valeting specialist. All cleaning products used by Ovenu are environmentally friendly, bio-degradable and conform to the latest government REACH regulations. Ovenu’s Carbon Remover is also approved by the Vitreous Enamel Association.
The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven and placing them into design-registered equipment, which uses non-caustic, non-toxic and biodegradable products to clean the oven parts.