From Employee to Employer, To Franchisee – The Employment Wheel Has Turned the full Circle for Alex Shurko

With various experience of the electronics & motoring industries behind him, Surrey based local entrepreneur Alex Shurko recently embarked on a new chapter of his career as he has just moved into franchising with Chem-Dry. His recent career background as an employee with Osram part of the Siemens Group and then having run his own independent MOT & Car Repair business, Alex has built a considerable wealth of business knowledge. He will benefit from his recent employee and employer working backgrounds, which will provide the perfect grounding to make his new Chem-Dry Professional carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and disaster restoration franchise a success.

From Employee to Employer, To Franchisee – The Employment Wheel Has Turned the full Circle for Alex Shurko

Alex has forged a good working relationship and works closely with another Chem-Dry franchise Chem-Dry Gold, this was helped him build upon his knowledge of his local licence areas. It will also help with some of the technical aspects of running a carpet cleaners franchise business.

Franchisees, who have experience of running their own business, tend to possess skills such as discipline, motivation & process management skills. Due to the challenging issues they have to overcome and the driven personalities they display, ensures they are able to handle challenges as and when they occur.

Alex Shurko, Proprietor of Chem-Dry Britannia, comments “My previous employment background allows me to adapt to continuously changing working environments and as a previous business owner, I am able to make the difficult decisions sometimes franchise owners have to address. There has been a smooth transition from running my own business to running my own franchise business and its proven business model with Chem-Dry. If I ever need assistance or advice I can call upon fellow Chem-Dry franchises or Chem-Dry Franchising. The skills I have learnt as a business owner will prove handy and will be transferable”.

Mark Richardson, Marketing Executive, Chem-Dry Franchising, comments “Franchising attracts a wide diverse group of people from different backgrounds, with different skills, circumstances and business experiences. I believe Alex’s vast knowledge of running his own business will help and be put to good use as his franchise business grows and develops. We are delighted to welcome Chem-Dry Britannia to the Chem-Dry franchise network”.

Chem-Dry Britannia became part of the national Chem-Dry network in late 1992 and is an independently owned & operated by Alex Shurko since late 2009. The domestic and commercial carpet and upholstery cleaning business is evolving through the provision of exceptional service to both their domestic and commercial customers for carpets, upholstery and rug cleaning from various parts of West Surrey & North Hampshire.

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0800 Repair Announces Recruitment Drive As Demand Soars

A national repair company is to almost double the number of staff at its Dinnington call centre near Sheffield, following a surge in demand.

0800 Repair, which specialises in installing and carrying out repairs to domestic appliances such as washing machine repair, Dishwasher repair and cooker repairs, said the recession has led to a ‘make do and mend’ culture. With money tight for many households across the UK, repairing appliances rather than spending hundreds of pounds on new machines is an attractive option.

The firm currently employs 10 staff at the Waterside Business Park in Dinnington and as a result of the increase in demand for its services, plans to employ a further eight people at the site.

Paul Feek, managing director, said: “We’ll be expanding operations in the North East and at Dinnington, near Sheffield, and we’ll be needing more staff to help us achieve that.”

Over the next five years 0800 Repair intends to create more than 60 jobs nationally. Along with Dinnington, the company has another call centre in Chester-le-Street, a repair centre in County Durham, a distribution and repair centre in West Yorkshire and an IT centre in Surrey.

0800 Repair also provides employment for around 400 sub-contracted engineers and along with its network of franchisees, carries out in the region of 100,000 appliance repairs every year.

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Shopping comparison site has taken out one of the top accolades at the inaugural SmartCompany Web Awards, winning “Best Overall Site (over 20 staff)” amongst some stiff competition.

The awards attracted more than 200 entries from websites around Australia and were judged by a panel of iInternet experts that included Webfirm’s Andrew Dalton, ProBlogger Darren Rowse, Deloitte Digital’s Peter Williams and Red Balloon’s Naomi Simson. beat out finalists Baker’s Delight and Beerenberg Farm to claim the award.

Judge Andrew Dalton has high praise for’s design and usability. “A wonderfully executed site all round,” Dalton says. “The design has impact without clutter and never forgets the importance of browser usability, and the attention to detail with social marketing should be commended.

“The business concept also appears to be original and timely in this economic climate. Overall this site has plenty to offer across the board.”

Some of Australia’s top retailers including Dick Smith, Myer, ALDI, Coles, Toys R Us and leading product brands such as Nintendo, Canon, LG, Samsung and Sony can be currently found on

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