Former engineer to fulfil ‘lifelong ambition’ with new business in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 16:10 15 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:10 15 September 2015

Bob Knight is now the owner of Ovenu Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

Bob Knight is now the owner of Ovenu Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.


A former engineer has swapped his toolbox for the opportunity to run his own company – after starting out in business as a professional oven valeter.

Bob Knight, who previously worked as a telephone engineer for organisations including BT and the Metropolitan Police Service in a career spanning more than 35 years, is now the owner of Ovenu Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

Mr Knight, 56, of Lowestoft, said: “I have enjoyed a rewarding career in engineering, but I felt that it was time for a change. The opportunity with Ovenu is a perfect fit for me, as I actually enjoy cleaning. I am also fulfilling a lifelong ambition to work for myself, so the decision was a no-brainer.

“It will be challenging but I am aiming to hit the ground running and will hopefully create a thriving, small business.”

Ovenu Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth serves homes and businesses throughout Lowestoft and Yarmouth, including all surrounding towns and villages.

Ovenu is a franchise network made up of more than 100 businesses owned by men and women working throughout the UK.

The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves and placing them into design-registered tank equipment, which uses safe, non-caustic products to clean the oven parts. The whole process takes around three to four hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate condition.

■ For more information about Ovenu, or to make a booking with Mr Knight, call 01502 801015, email or visit

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