Baker Rob cleans up as oven valeter

Thursday 10th February 2022 8:58 am
Rob Cunningham is looking to recruit to meet demand

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Former baker Rob Cunningham is already cooking up plans to expand oven valeting service Ovenu Petersfield as he celebrates his first year in business.

With more than 500 clients on his books and an ever-growing number of enquiries, he is preparing to recruit an additional oven valeter.

Rob said: “People told me I was mad to set up a business during a pandemic, especially one I had to build from scratch.

“But I’ve not looked back and have reached a point where I need to take someone else on.”

The 53-year-old launched the franchised business last January after Covid-19 prompted him to reassess his work-life balance.

Before then he worked as a development baker for high street names including Starbucks, Pret a Manger and Waitrose.

And the cat owner’s love of animals is also endearing him to many clients after he launched a ‘pet of the day’ feature on his Facebook page.

He said: “Some oven cleaning businesses take a before and after photo of their handiwork, but I like to include a family pet if possible, whether it be a dog or a goldfish.

“It’s a bit of fun and I’ve received lots of positive feedback.”

Despite working overtime during December to cope with increased demand in the run-up to Christmas, Rob has been able to spend more quality time with his family.

Ovenu founder Rik Hellewell said: “Congratulations to Rob on a successful first year and I’m certain, given our ongoing support and his passion for delivering excellent customer service, he will continue to thrive.”

Ovenu Petersfield covers Petersfield and the surrounding areas, including The Meon Valley, Liss, Waterlooville, Denmead and Clanfield.

For a free quote call Rob on 01730 622344, email [email protected] or visit


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