Two Best Friends With A Mission

Feel good about the work that we do and the decisions that we make

In 2010, Tom was joined by his long-standing friend Johnny Pearce after multiple discussions of running a values led business together. Now they are the proud Co-Directors of Oltco.

Growing up in Cornwall, Tom and Johnny were becoming increasingly aware of the growing issue of plastic waste littering the Cornish coastlines and with Oltco’s ethos to ‘feel good about the work that we do and the decisions that we make’, they were passionate about taking action to make a positive difference to help combat this global issue.

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Since 2019 Oltco has used the equivalent of

plastic straws in Recycle Bound projects throughout the UK!

Disrupting The Industry With A World-First Product

In 2019, Tom and Johnny’s mission culminated in the development and launch of the world’s first sustainable resin driveway solution made utilising waste plastic already in circulation. The waste plastic, including straws, drink bottles and food packaging, is carefully blended with stone to form this amazing and innovative new driveway system called Recycle Bound. Each square metre of Recycle Bound utilises the equivalent of 3,000 plastic straws. Therefore, if Recycle Bound was installed on an average 70 square metre driveway, an incredible 210,000 plastic straws would be recycled.

Industry Leading

The launch of Recycle Bound demonstrated Oltco as an industry-leader, disrupting the outdoor flooring solutions industry. Tom and Johnny were recognised for their innovative, forward-thinking approach when they won the South West Entrepreneur Award for Disruptor of the Year in 2019.

To date, Recycle Bound has recycled the equivalent of over 200 million plastic straws in transformations across the UK and Channel Islands.

Recycle Bound is now an award-winning product, being crowned the winner of the Product of the Year category at the Cornwall Business Awards and the Runner-Up at the National Recycling Awards.

Never Rest On Our Laurels

Following the success of Recycle Bound, Tom and Johnny continued to consider new sustainable solutions and after two years of intensive development processes, Oltco expanded its sustainable product offering with Recycle Base. Recycle Base is an innovative ground reinforcement system made utilising low-grade plastic, including ocean waste plastic. Oltco’s HQ in Newquay is actually a drop off point for ocean plastic collected from local beach cleans. Oltco then takes this plastic and utilises it within its Recycle Base product. The average surface installation is 70m² and by using Recycle Base, this would utilise the equivalent of a tonne of waste ocean plastic, which is the same as recycling an amazing 175 million plastic straws.

Sustainability Warrior Award

It was incredibly important to Tom and Johnny that Recycle Base could be recycled at the end of its useful life so they designed it in a way that allows the top resin bound or Recycle Bound layer to be broken away from the base to then be reused into a new Recycle Base system and therefore contribute to the circular economy.

Oltco’s major commitment to developing sustainable products saw it recognised as a Sustainability Warrior at the 2021 bfa HSBC British Franchising Awards. The category was created specifically for Oltco due to its world-first product offering.

From Local Cornish Business to Nationally Recognised Company

Tom and Johnny were committed to growing the brand nationally and were passionate about exploring franchising to achieve this. Tom and Johnny invested in a leading UK and European Support Business, PartnerWise Franchise. Managing Partner and Founder of PartnerWise Franchise, Nick Carnes, joined the team as Oltco’s Franchise Consultant.

Nick felt so strongly about Oltco’s ethos and culture, Tom and Johnny’s plans to introduce world-first products, and the overall growth potential of the business that he decided to invest into Oltco and become the Franchise Director.

Keeping with the business’ strong family values, Oltco launched its first franchise, Oltco Blackpool, with Tom’s cousin Jon Stringer and very quickly Oltco proved it could provide a very successful franchising opportunity.

Fast Growing Franchise Network

After the successful launch of Oltco Blackpool, Oltco’s franchise network quickly took off.

From 2019 to the beginning of 2020, Oltco expanded its franchise offering by an unbelievable 450% and in the space of three years has built a network of over 50 franchises. Oltco doesn’t limit itself with an ‘ideal Oltco franchisee’ and has welcomed franchisees with a range of experiences and backgrounds. The core values and the culture of the growing network was without doubt the most important factor in Oltco’s recruitment.

One of the UK’s Top Franchising Opportunities

Oltco’s youngest franchisee joined the network at the age of 22 and has been a consistent top performer. Others also have extensive experience in franchising as well as owning their own successful businesses.

From what was once a local Cornish company, Oltco has now successfully cemented itself as the UK and Channel Islands’ leading sustainable resin driveway specialists.

Oltco’s franchising opportunity has also been recognised nationally, being named one of the UK’s top franchising opportunities in the prestigious Elite Franchise, EF100 awards in 2020.

Michael Maher and Andy Baxter

Milton Keynes and Hemel Hempstead & St Albans Franchisees
Best friends of over 35 years, Michael Maher and Andy Baxter, joined the Oltco network in 2021 after running a successful road marking company together for over 20 years.

Their working partnership had proven to be a successful one so they were looking for a new business opportunity, particularly one which would allow them to use their creative skills. When Michael and Andy came across Oltco, they were drawn to the sustainable product offering and felt that this would be the perfect chance to really tap into their creative side.

After growing Oltco across Milton Keynes so successfully, Andy and Michael decided to expand their offering and launch Oltco Hemel Hempstead & St Albans. Within a year, Oltco is the leading resin bound specialists in Milton Keynes and Hemel Hempstead and St Albans, having worked on both domestic and commercial projects across the area.

The growth of both of these areas has allowed Michael and Andy to provide job opportunities within the local community and as a result, they have built a team of skilled resin bound specialists.

After 35 years of friendship and over 20 years of running a successful business together we were looking for another opportunity to work together. We were so impressed with the network that Tom and Johnny had created and we knew that this was something that we definitely wanted to be a part of. We were so confident going into the launch of our second area. We had seen great success with Oltco Milton Keynes and we wanted to replicate this with our new area and we have never looked back. The support on offer is second to none and we never feel alone in running our business.

Michael Maher and Andy Baxter

Raj Mondair

Raj is Oltco’s first solo female franchise and runs Oltco Peterborough and Oltco Stevenage.

Before joining the network in 2022, Raj previously supported her husband’s solicitor firm and was looking for an opportunity to utilise her strengths to grow a business on her own. Oltco’s sustainable offering with Recycle Bound and Recycle Base attracted Raj to the franchise opportunity and she hasn’t looked back since.

With the construction and home improvement sectors being traditionally male dominated, Raj is hoping to empower other women to enter the industry and is a shining example of the success which can be achieved.

In a short space of time, Raj has already built a portfolio of resin bound transformations and is providing job opportunities for local people, including running an apprenticeship scheme for young individuals.

As soon as I learnt about Oltco and its offering I knew it was a company I wanted to be a part of. I am extremely passionate about always offering my customers the best and Oltco provides me with the opportunity to do this. The Oltco team is committed to sourcing the best materials in order to ensure we are standing head and shoulders above competitors, and this is highlighted in the quality of our resin bound installations.

Raj Mondair

Feeling Good About The Work We Do And The Decisions We Make

There’s a lot more to Oltco than just transforming outdoor spaces. Being a positive force within the local community and giving back is at the heart of the business and is reflected throughout the growing franchise network.

From supporting local charities, carrying out beach cleans and litter picks, sponsoring local youth sports clubs, to installing outdoor spaces free of charge to those most in need, Oltco’s network consists of like-minded, values-led people who are all passionate about going above and beyond for their local communities.

To celebrate 15 years of trading, Oltco launched its network-wide challenge to carry out 15 Random Acts of Kindness and this tradition has since continued with the franchisees regularly taking part.

Oltco’s ethos, culture and people is what truly sets it aside from the rest.

Want To Be Part Of The Oltco Family?

An Oltco franchise is an exciting opportunity for the right person. The investment required is appealing but is one that also requires dedication from the franchisee to ensure the success of the company. Our selection process for the right, values-led and dedicated person includes ensuring the financial investment can be met from the outset.

For those who embrace our ethos, fit well with our team and existing franchise network, are ready and willing to be challenged, the average investment is £17,000 + £7,500 marketing launch campaign (£24,500 plus VAT) per franchise.

Franchise Support

Oltco has fostered a culture of support for its franchise network, ensuring that each franchisee has exactly what they need in order to grow their own business.

Support for Oltco’s franchisees encompasses everything from generating and qualifying leads, invoicing, ordering and after sales care and marketing support. Franchisees also work closely with their dedicated Account Manager to help take the pressure off of organising the delivery of materials and converting leads.

Oltco has a Franchise Business Coach, who works with each franchisee to help set personalised goals and targets and regularly reviews these to ensure that they are on track.

Oltco provides its franchisees with the chance to be a part of a disruptive and innovative company, with all the support needed to grow your own successful business.

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