Meet the new owner of the brand-new ServiceMaster Restore franchise business in Bath and Bristol.

ServiceMaster Restore is a nationwide disaster restoration franchise which has operated in the UK since 1959.

The brand’s latest franchisee, Edgar Thoemmes, comes from a small business background, having set up three businesses over the last 15 years and built them to a high standard.

His latest venture, a ServiceMaster Restore franchise covering Bath and Bristol, uses his wealth of experience to oversee a less typical operation: disaster restoration.

The work of disaster restoration professionals can take many shapes.

But it’s safe to say it’s not your average day job, as it can involve cleaning and restoring properties after disasters like fire and flooding, biohazards and trauma scenes.

It is also safe to say that sometimes, we can all be guilty of harbouring some morbid curiosity around this line of work.

So much so that it has even inspired ‘The Cleaner’, a recent BBC TV show starring Greg Davies.

But what makes someone start work as a disaster restoration professional? And what does their work mean for the general public?

We sat down with Edgar and his new General Manager, Adrian Matusik, to discuss their new business and the value of their services to the local community.

Their roles

As General Manager, Adrian will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of ServiceMaster Restore Bath and Bristol, with Edgar driving the business and its expansion from a strategic point of view.

“Altogether, we bring more than 75 years of experience across different fields, which we all specialise in,” says Adrian.


Adrian has been led to ServiceMaster Restore through his interest in construction.

“I’m fascinated by construction,” he says.

“How things were built 1000 years ago, a hundred years ago, and how we are going about it today.”

Naturally, Adrian’s background includes 15 years in construction management.

He began as an on-site labourer before progressing through management to become a Senior Site Manager and won multiple awards for his attention to detail and site management skills.

He says this gave him plenty of valuable expertise, which he can use in his new role.

“Construction management is all about problem-solving and being efficient and honest. My construction background will give me a wealth of knowledge to restore the product to the highest standards and ensure the customer is happy.”

“[I’m] looking to build out a team that can scale quickly, so it’s vital that we get that team in place from day one,” Edgar adds.

Therefore, he began hiring early, with Adrian being the perfect first recruit.

“[Adrian has] got so much experience [and] expertise in his area and the right attitude and hands-on approach [to] the work [and] supporting customers,” says Edgar.

What can you expect from ServiceMaster Restore?

ServiceMaster Restore is a disaster recovery and specialist cleaning company with the experience and latest equipment to handle difficult and potentially grizzly situations quickly and with understanding and compassion.

Whether it’s:

  • Leak Detection
  • Trauma cleaning
  • Fire and smoke
  • Flood and water
  • Leak detection
  • Graffiti and Vandalism
  • Mould removal and inspection

ServiceMaster Restore will help restore property damage or trauma in the first 24 hours.

“Our goal is to offer a complete end-to-end disaster recovery solution for property managers, brokers, [and] facilities managers,” Edgar says.

Because of his background, Adrian is well prepared to serve clients in the Bath and Bristol region thanks to his keen eye for detail and excellent customer skills.

“The customer is there to be helped, and we are there to help. I would like us to be associated with a positive approach,” he says.

“From the day we meet the customer, they can always count on us to ensure that they are fully taken care of and that the property is restored to the highest finish possible.”

He says he is excited to begin supporting people in the local area and delivering satisfaction to them in their time of need.

“Seeing other people in the franchise that are delivering excellent quality and seeing happy faces on customers is really exciting,” he says.

“I think it’s priceless. You’re helping people with something terrible that happened to them, and it’s like Christmas has come early for them. It’s something that has no price tag.”

Contact Us

If, like Edgar, you’d like to start a disaster restoration franchise with the support of a renowned franchisor, call 0116 275 9000 or email to find opportunities near you.

The essentials of writing a great business plan.

So, you’re ready to write your business plan.

First of all, congratulations on deciding to go into business!

The business plan is one of the first (and most important) documents to complete when starting a business.

Making it a good one is vital for many reasons.

Whether it is to apply for finance, attract a business partner or give you a clear path to achieving your business dreams, ensure that your plan achieves what you set out for it to do.

What needs to be covered in a business plan?

Executive Summary

The purpose of your Executive Summary is to make your business proposition understood by others.

Think of it as a short paragraph outlining what your business is and what it sets out to achieve.

Business Description

In addition to your summary, the business description should further detail your business’s purpose.

Here are some key questions to consider when writing this section.

  • What are the products/services it will provide?
  • What is its overall structure?
  • How will it achieve the business goals?

Market Analysis

This section is dedicated to the research underpinning your decision to go into business.

It includes market, competitor, and customer research.

It may be helpful to use SWOT analysis here.

People & Processes

Outline the people and processes that will be used to run the business effectively.

Organisational charts and process maps are your friends when constructing this section.

Marketing Plan & Sales Strategy

How will you attract customers/clients?

In this section, describe the activities that will take place to attract customers to enquire and buy from you.


Reveal the financial goals and expectations of the business in this section.

This proves the financial viability of the business.

Profit and loss, cash flow and balance sheets are good models here.

How a franchise model helps your business plan

With a franchise business like ServiceMaster Restore, you have the support of a nationwide franchisor and a world-renowned brand.

As a result, the stress of writing a business plan is massively alleviated as much of the content is pre-established.

Can’t think of a sales pitch? We can.

We already have.

With over 60 years of experience in what we do, our proposition (delivering fast, effective disaster restoration services to commercial and domestic properties across the UK) is already set out.

As are our core services, the market, competitor and customer research.

ServiceMaster Restore’s systems for success have been tried and tested over several decades and proven to provide excellent results.

Just three weekly jobs* will see you reach an annual turnover of over £200,000!

*Based on an average job value of £1400

Working with our dedicated team, you’ll have support in your operational, sales and marketing activities to ensure you hit the ground running and are on the path to continued growth and success.

This includes a comprehensive starter pack that contains all the marketing and branding materials you need to make a great first impression.


  • Full demographic report for the area with at least 300,000 households
  • Equipment and products
  • Marketing and promotional materials
  • Vehicle branding package

As part of a franchise business, you’ll still be writing a business plan, but you’ll be doing so with both content and support behind you.

Don’t know where to start? We do.

There’s so much to get from a world-renowned franchisor.

Everything that we offer is to help you on your way to business success.

Whether that’s providing support with finances or giving you the tools for an excellent business plan.

See what we can do for you today: call 0116 275 9000 or email to find opportunities near you.

Getting the most from a franchise.

Being part of a franchise is a choice, so every individual has their reasons for joining.

There are costs to joining a franchise, but the benefits far outweigh these.

Therefore, we recommend getting as much out of your franchise journey as possible.

At ServiceMaster Restore, we offer a plethora of support, so you can make the most of your franchisor relationship.


The support you can receive as a franchisee in all stages of your journey is invaluable.

Initially, you may require hand-holding time whilst you find your feet.

In the middle, you could feel a little lost and need guidance to get back on track to move the needle forward.

Towards the end of your journey, you’ll likely seek to realise your investment and need assistance preparing your business for sale.

We’re here for all parts of your journey in whatever line of support that you need.

Our marketing professionals are on hand to help you sell the sizzle of your services; our operations team to get or keep your business in tip-top shape; and our IT, HR, and admin teams support the whole operation to function.


All of our new franchisees secure a place in our training academy.

You also benefit from ongoing training opportunities in marketing, sales, operations, and more.

It’s not compulsory, but much of our training is complimentary and designed for you to use.

Starter Pack and Return on Investment

At ServiceMaster Restore, you’ll make an initial investment of £79,000 + VAT.

We give you the tools to make the most of the multi-million-pound market opportunity.

The initial franchise fee is a combination of a Licence Fee (£64,00 + VAT) and the cost of our starter pack (£15,900 + VAT).

This includes equipment, supplies, exclusive ServiceMaster Restore products, marketing launch activities and materials.

Your investment gets you:

  • Full demographic report for the area with at least 600,000 households
  • Two-week training Academy and Operations Manual
  • Equipment and product start pack
  • Marketing and promotional materials
  • Vehicle branding package

And the opportunity to make some serious money.

Just three weekly jobs* will see you reach an annual turnover of over £200,000!

*Based on an average job value of £1400

Buy small and save big

As a small business, you may encounter poor economies of scale. Not as a franchisee!

We buy big so that you don’t have to.

Furthermore, we encourage our networks to tell us what they’d like to see in the warehouse so that we can buy it in bulk and pass the savings of doing so back to you.

Network Meetings 

You are never alone in a franchise.

Not only do you receive the support that you need from a world-renowned franchisor, but you also receive support from fellow like-minded business owners who have likely ‘been there and done that’.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet with them regularly, and upon onboarding, you will be encouraged to contact your peers to establish relationships immediately.

Ideas Review Council 

We are passionate about ensuring our franchisees have a voice.

As such, we have a panel of franchisees who have been voted a seat by the franchise network to share feedback, issues, guidance, recommendations and praise back to us for action or notation.

Learn More

There’s so much to get from a world-renowned franchisor. Everything that we offer is to help you on your way to business success.

See what we can do for you today by calling 0116 275 9000 or email to find opportunities near you.

Turn the corner using a proven franchise business model. 

A franchise is the perfect route if you want to be in business for yourself but not by yourself.

They offer the benefit of an established brand, a proven business model and support in the areas where you need it.

There are almost 48,000 franchise businesses in the UK, and many brands to choose from.

But this much choice can be a little daunting. Analysis paralysis is real. It’s so easy to get caught in its safety net.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a few pointers to help set you on your way to breaking free from the 9-5.

Why are you looking at a franchise?

It’s important to know what your ‘why’ is. Why do you want to go into business?

Here are some common whys:

  • “I want to be my own boss.”
  • “I’ve noticed a gap in the market.”
  • “I can do it better than they do it.”
  • “I want a better lifestyle for my family.”
  • “I want to invest my redundancy/inheritance.”

Once you know why, it’s easier to find something suitable.

What are your options?

Your options are likely narrowed down by the available territory, cost, commitment, and credentials required to join.

Taking all of those into account, you’ll still find yourself with a lot of options. Choose the one most suited to your ‘why’.

Then, do your research.


Simply for ease, online research is the best place to start.

Methods of online franchise research:

  • Take a look at franchise directories
  • Read published franchise articles
  • Check associations like the BFA (British Franchise Association)
  • Visit franchisor websites
  • Follow social media channels for a broad and varied spectrum of opportunities.

For offline research, speak to franchisees and ask for advice from respected sources.

Where possible, utilise the franchise opportunities’ services for insight into the business.

Enquire & Engage

Once you have narrowed your search, enquire with the franchise brands that most suit your ‘why’.

Now is your opportunity to conduct more in-depth research and to form a relationship with the franchisor.

In franchising, relationships are the bread and butter. They make the world go around.

So, make sure it clicks. The business and the brand feel right for you to take advantage of the opportunity.

ServiceMaster Ltd. is committed to aiding your research, ensuring your decision to join us is right for you.

Contact Us

If running your own professional disaster restoration business, backed by 60 years of experience as an industry leader sounds like the opportunity for you, contact our friendly franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000 or email to find opportunities near you.

Anyone can buy a franchise.

The myth that you have to be cash rich to buy a franchise business is just that. A myth.

Entrepreneurs from all walks of life can buy a franchise through inheritance, redundancy, savings and, of course, finance.

Getting your ‘house’ in order

Obtaining finance is easier if you have a good credit history and have your business plan ready.

Your credit history is something that you nurture over time. It’s an opportunity to show the banks and lenders you are creditworthy.

I.e. you will pay them back what you owe them.

A good business plan is a detailed one.

It should include what the money borrowed from the bank will be used for and how you will pay it back.

Fortunately, lenders like franchise models because they tend to be proven.

As such, they are less of a risk to borrow against.

How much do you need?

It’s a good idea to consider the amount you’ll need to borrow.

Much is associated with franchise costs that aren’t included in the ‘start-up package’.

These typically include office equipment, vehicles, premises, registrations and insurance.

So, it’s vital to factor in these costs so that you ask for enough finance to cover all aspects of the business but to leave some ‘afloat’ for unexpected costs and cash flow.

What to ask your lender

Ask your lender about their credit terms, such as amount, duration, fees, rates, covenants and any payment holidays you might be eligible for.

Sources of funding

Most major banks, including Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC, and NatWest, to name just a few, support the financing of franchise businesses.

Some specialist lenders will also lend to those with a good credit history and a strong business plan.

Finance can open doors for individuals looking at franchise opportunities who don’t have the complete investment.

Speak to your high-street bank or a franchise finance lender for further information.

In purchasing any franchise, you commit to a minimum term as a franchisee.

As it says on the tin, this is a huge commitment. So, it should be considered carefully.

How do you know what’s right for you?

By purchasing a ServiceMaster Restore business, nobody can say you’ve chosen the easy path.

At ServiceMaster Restore, we are looking for hard-working individuals who seek to make a difference in the lives of others by managing a business that helps people in their local community when they need it most, enabled by our known brand and tested model.

No matter your background, if you have:

  • Commitment
  • Drive
  • Grit and determination
  • Sales or business acumen
  • Confidence to agree on contracts, terms and pricing
  • Customer Service skills to deliver the highest standard
  • Organisational and management skills
  • People Skills

This could be the perfect business for you.

As your franchisor, we offer dedicated support on all aspects of your business.

No matter your issue, there will always be someone there to help. We’ll support you while you support those in need.

Individuals following our franchise structure have proven to have very successful businesses within the industry.

And with scope for both expansion and pairing with other licenses under the ServiceMaster brand, the potential of the Service Master Restore opportunity is phenomenal.

With this vision in mind, and our tools to help you on your way, you will be ready to build a successful and expansive business.

There are many franchise opportunities out there, many of which are likely more easy-going than working in the disaster restoration sector.

But none are as rewarding.

Step into a rewarding and lucrative future today by contacting our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9005.

Say hello to Jamie Williams, who is making a triumphant return as a ServiceMaster franchisee as the new owner of ServiceMaster Restore Swansea.

We sat down with Jamie Williams during his training academy, which was conducted virtually, and allowed him to get to grips with his new business without travelling to a different country!

Jamie’s work history has stood him in good stead for running his new business. He begins his new chapter with prior experience as a ServiceMaster franchise and over a decade of working in the disaster restoration industry. Around 20 years ago, Jamie started working for the disaster restoration company ‘Rainbow International’. After some time there, Jamie moved on and joined the ServiceMaster brand family as a technician at ServiceMaster Clean in Auburn and Bridgend. Two years later, the current owner announced to his team that he was looking to sell his business, which at that time, included all of our ServiceMaster Clean franchise opportunities: Clean, Contract Services, and Restore, under one name. Jamie and a colleague expressed interest and bought the business from him. Then, after over a decade as a ‘Clean’ franchisee, which saw the birth of his twin girls, Jamie and his business partner made the decision not to renew their licences.

Two years and a global pandemic later, Jamie is now entering back into the ServiceMaster network, but this time, as a Restore franchisee. He says is ready to put all of his experience to good use helping people in need in his local community be they faced with a fire, flooding, or something else. Jamie has decades of practice working with BDME and carrying out all of the relevant processes that make your home and business, look and feel like itself again such as listing, stripping out rooms, and installing drying equipment. Jamie tells us that the thing he is most looking forward to is helping his customers with efficiency and compassion by helping them make a quick turnaround on the claim. If the council as rings us on a Monday,” Jamie cites as an example, “we’ll be there within 24 hours and hopefully either have it… repaired then and there on-site or put a program into place so it’ll be quick turnaround [and] within a fortnight they could have their tenant or whoever back in the property. [The most rewarding thing is] helping and assisting people as quick as you can,” he says.

For Jamie, being a Restore franchisee means making a difference to people, in a very significant way, when they need it most. “Obviously when you first initially walk into a property the … people you see [are] very upset, and by the end, [they’re] happy because [they’ve] got a new kitchen,” he says. He goes on to highlight the variety that he already knows is possible in your working life as a ServiceMaster Restore franchisee. “No two claims are the same,” he says. “What I always found was you’d go to million-pound mansions and then you go down to the local authority houses. So, you see the whole range of customers. You have to deal with each one individually and what have you and speak to them individually. [Meaning] no two days were ever the same.”

And Jamie already has bigger and better plans for the future of his business, “I’ve already picked up a couple of jobs. They come in quicker than [even] I thought! So yeah, fingers crossed within three months I’m hoping it’ll be like I’ve never been away because of the constant influx of work.”

Jamie plans to do this by targeting housing associations as a way to get his name circulating in the local area and “Hopefully, in two years, we’ll be bigger than I ever was before,” he says. This is an ambition, he adds, that is supported and made possible through the support of the ServiceMaster brand and network.

With over 60 years as nationwide leaders in the cleaning and disaster restoration industry, as Jamie says, “We’ve got the history. We’re a well-known brand and [clients] trust” in ServiceMaster and our brand. And this trust extends to Jamie and the help he can receive from our network and franchise support centre. “Having the support behind you with [head office is invaluable]”, Jamie says. really. “[If] I’m stuck on the marketing or anything else I can come back to you, if I’m stuck on the drying, I can come back to [you], if I’m stuck everything really from A-Z on the business, whatever issue I’ve got, the answers are up at head-office.”

This is a sense of security, Jamie recognises, that would not be possible if he were in business by himself. “If I were to open up as ‘JW Cleaning,’ I think it’s a lot harder to sell a name like that than it is ServiceMaster, which is a nationally recognised company,” he says. “It’d be very difficult I think.”

Whether you’re new to disaster restoration and franchising, or an industry professional – the tried and tested ServiceMaster Restore model can help you develop a highly successful business. With the support of a nationally recognised brand behind you, a ServiceMaster Restore franchise allows you to be in business for yourself but not by yourself.

If you can see yourself making a difference to those in your community in need of professional disaster restoration services, join Jamie in taking the first step towards your future today by discovering available ServiceMaster Restore territories near you today.

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer

As we head into February and closer to spring, here are all of the things to love about starting a ServiceMaster Restore business now.

Spring is approaching, and whilst there is no bad time to purchase a ServiceMaster Restore franchise, this is an excellent time to start thinking about growing with a new business.

Springtime is all about new starts, and what better way to reflect this, by giving yourself a fresh start by purchasing a ServiceMaster Restore franchise. But unlike the natural world, you won’t have to build yourself from the ground up. Joining a successful BFA Top 100 Franchise like ServiceMaster Restore means that all of the groundwork has been laid for you. By joining our network, you are also joining a nationwide team of other successful franchises with a pre-existing, tried and trusted business model.

In purchasing a ServiceMaster Restore business you can take on the challenging but endlessly rewarding work of disaster restoration and services. Upon joining our network, you will take part in one of our comprehensive training academies to help you get acclimated to the ServiceMaster brand, values and strategies. This all but eliminates the awkward period of finding your feet and ensures that your business can hit the ground running, equipped with all tools you’ll need to succeed straight out of the gate.

And there’s lots to love about a ServiceMaster Restore franchise. The ServiceMaster brand is trusted by customers and franchisees nationwide with 42 years as a leading domestic cleaning brand, and 60 years successful franchising experience as part of the ServiceMaster brand family. That’s four decades of growth and innovation within a rapidly developing market that you can be a part of!

Whether you’re new to disaster restoration and franchising, or an industry professional – the tried and tested ServiceMaster Restore model can help you develop a highly successful business.

If are looking to start fresh by starting your own business and are interested in a great franchise opportunity, click here or call 0116 275 9005 make an enquiry about starting a ServiceMaster Restore franchise today.

Credit: Tom Page, Digital Content Writer – ServiceMaster

Ready to make a change this New Year? Why not join a leading UK franchise with ServiceMaster Restore?

Happy New Year from all of us at ServiceMaster Restore. With 2022 here, many will be looking ahead and as a result, you make be thinking about making some changes in your life and career. If this sounds like you, why not consider making your New Year’s resolution to give yourself a fresh start by purchasing a ServiceMaster Restore business?

If you are on the fence and are unsure about making a big change, that is understandable – it’s a big decision to make. Ultimately, the choice lies with you, but it can still be worth looking into the many advantages that franchising provides. So, we’ve put together a list of questions that you might have about franchising, as well as the benefits it can provide.

What is franchising?

First things first, what even is franchising? Put simply, franchising is an alternative route into business that provides business owners – also known as franchisees – with an already tried and tested business model that has been proven successful.

Pro: You can receive external financial support

Many leading banks in the UK recognise franchising as the safest route into business and as a result may be willing to lend you up to 70% finance towards your investment.

All in all, franchising is about support. It can be reassuring to know that there is an established and experienced governing body behind you as you take that first step into starting a new business. With ServiceMaster Restore, and our main body ServiceMaster Ltd., you will be set with a recipe for success.

OK, so why choose ServiceMaster Restore?

If you’re interested in a franchise where each day is different and you can make a positive impact on those who have experienced unexpected disasters in their home or business, then a ServiceMaster Restore opportunity is the ideal franchise for you.

With an established presence in the UK, ServiceMaster Ltd are recognised, well-known, and trusted brands chosen by residential and commercial customers alike, with franchises turning over in excess of around £50 million across the ServiceMaster network in 2021.

Investing in a trusted franchise from ServiceMaster provides you with a wide reaching network and connects you to our franchise support centre, who are able to provide support and advice, training, marketing materials, and all of the systems and processes that you might need.

How is franchising better than starting my own business?

We understand that one of the main draws of owning your own business is, well, having your own business. Though our franchisees are provided support and a business model, they are still responsible for their own business and are given plenty of autonomy within their own territory. As well as this, starting your own business will be challenging no matter which way you slice it. However, with a franchise, you have the support of a larger body behind you. As a result, a business that you have started on your own has a statistically proven higher chance of failure than a franchise business.

An outstanding franchise like ServiceMaster Restore gives you a helping hand when and where you need it, and allows you to build on a previously proven business formula. All of those things that you ‘try to see if they work’ in the early stages of starting a business have already been done by the franchisor, so you save a lot of time and money and reduce your investment risk. With a franchise, you are ultimately in charge of your own operation, but you don’t need to spend time trying to reinvent the wheel.

But don’t just take our word for it…

The British Franchise Association believes that,

“Franchising remains one of the most successful forms of starting your own business, with extremely high success rates and much more security than starting your own without the proven system, support and brand.”

Where can I learn more?

If this has helped you learn more about franchising and you now think that you might want to delve into starting a business of your own with ServiceMaster Restore, you can find more about us and our franchise opportunities here.

Or, if this has given you an interest in franchising, but you are unsure if ServiceMaster Restore is right for you, why not check out franchise opportunities with the other brands within the ServiceMaster Ltd. family of brands?

  • Merry Maids – home cleaning and maid service
  • TruGreen – professional lawn care and maintenance services
  • Rosemary Bookkeeping – Bookkeeping and financial support
  • ServiceMaster Clean – includes three different franchise opportunities: Residential, Commercial, and Contract Cleaning Services

For further information on this, or any of our other money-making opportunities, call our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9005 /

Credit: Tom Page, Digital Content Writer – ServiceMaster

ServiceMaster Restore has achieved the ranking of #90 in this year’s Elite Franchise Top 100 listing.

With the franchise industry now employing over 700’000 people across the UK and continuing to cultivate much economic growth, the Elite Franchise Top 100 (or EF100) serves as an annual recognition of the industry’s finest. With the awards now entering its fifth year, it has been another successful one for ServiceMaster Restore – as we have once again secured a spot in the Top 100 franchises. The ranking was decided by independent judges in the sector based on eight core criteria that helped the judges gauge entrants on their size, growth, ambitions and contributions made to franchisees and the community.

ServiceMaster Restore is a 62-year-old global franchise that operates across an expansive network of franchises nationwide. With an established presence in the UK, ServiceMaster is a recognised, well-known, and trusted brand chosen by residential and commercial customers alike. Joining ServiceMaster Restore means undergoing an extensive training programme that leaves new franchisees fully prepared to respond to urgent pleas for help following disasters in the home or at a business property. Following this, business owners are supported by our expansive franchise network, meaning that aspiring and new franchisees can count on continued care, and a proven business model for success from an established and trusted franchise. Flood, fire or trauma, ServiceMaster Restore report, give advice and deliver appropriate restoration service, and return premises to their previous state.

Developments throughout the pandemic, technology and in marketing helped ServiceMaster Restore to achieve our position in the table this year. Ranked at position #90 ServiceMaster Restore is a highly regarded franchise opportunity for the keen investor, who can utilise an established brand, unlimited support and proven business model to make a living in this unpredictable yet profitable industry.

If you’d like to make the leap to owning your own business and become a valued part of the ever expanding network of a Top 100 franchise, please contact a member of our friendly recruitment team today or visit our website or call 0116 275 9005 to find out more.