I got bored of contributing to some else’s ‘bottom line’

I love knowing that every care put into the business is my own investment and will reward me and my family. I love no longer being a part of the “corporate world”!

Kalpesh Bhayani

Bright & Beautiful Northampton

Name: Kalpesh Bhayani
Franchise Area: Northampton
Year business started: 2019
Members of Staff: 5

Your Background: “A leukaemia survivor with 20+ years as an IT Business Analyst”

Why did you want to start your own business? “I got bored of contributing to someone else’s “bottom line”… I wanted my own baby to develop and something that would provide me with greater freedom in future!”

Why Bright & Beautiful? “The branding, energy and enthusiasm matched the fire in me – it felt right.”

What do you enjoy most about owning a Bright & Beautiful business? “I love being in charge of my day, every day, hence my destiny… I love knowing that every care put into the business is my own investment and will reward me and my family. I love no longer being a part of the “corporate world”!”

Your greatest moment as a Bright & Beautiful Franchisee: “Knowing that I have some customers that will keep the business alive i.e. no longer fearing not having any jobs next week. Also having something that’s growing positively that I can call my very own – makes me super proud!”

What has Bright & Beautiful enabled you to do which you couldn’t have otherwise? “I get to see my daughters growing and developing significantly more and that has to be one of the most rewarding things in life. I can control my day, everyday, without having to report to someone else. I know the harder I work the bigger my own rewards will be.”

What advice would you have for those looking into starting a franchise? “Obviously do your due diligence but also remember that it’s an exciting path and does involve some hard times as well as awesome times. You can’t really put a value to seeing something grow and be proud of – well I guess you can if you really want to – but the rewards are not solely financial in life.”

What have you learnt about yourself during your time as a franchisee? “I can do this!”

What do you like to do in your spare time? “I have 2 amazing daughters who drive and inspire me… I love travelling, particularly being a huge Vegas fan – 26 trips to date. I love to work hard but play even harder… I do struggle to switch off sometimes… must be the mad man in me!”

What are your personal goals for the next 5 years? “I want to be able to live comfortably and be able to support my family with ease whilst not being responsible to anyone else. I want to be able to travel more often without having financial worry.”

Plans for the business over the next 5 years: “Expansion of existing territory.”

How does the support from head office help you operate your Bright & Beautiful franchise? “The support from HQ is vital and this is what makes Bright & Beautiful a good family to be a part of. The support is there and as is a strong network I call “the family” to glean from.”

What are the advantages of being part of a franchise organisation? “The backup and support which enables pace of business e.g. being able to trade promptly as a ‘covid-secure’ business following the outbreak. Without HQ support I suspect things like this would be more challenging. Also having that ‘business in a box’ e.g. ‘on hand’ HR expertise etc. This Makes focussing ‘on’ the business as opposed to being ‘in’ the business far easier!”