SIGGY WILBERG CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF DOMINO’S IN SWINDON

LOCAL BUSINESS MAN REACHES SILVER WITH PIZZA DELIVERY EXPERT


Local businessman Siggy Wilberg, Domino’s longest standing UK franchisee, is celebrating 25 years in Swindon with the pizza delivery company.

Born in Norway in 1944, Siggy moved to the UK in 1980 and, on spotting an opportunity for pizza delivery, set up one of the country’s first pizza delivery companies – the American Pizza Company. Having built up a network of six stores, he sold up and became one of Domino’s very first franchisees in late ‘80s with the opening of a Domino’s store in London. Following success with two Domino’s stores in London, Siggy, who lived in Abingdon at the time, jumped at the chance to open the first Domino’s in Swindon and sold his London stores to work closer to home.
 
Today, Siggy owns four stores in Swindon which employ over 230 local people, as well as four other stores in Yate, Bath, Newbury and Halesowen, plus one in Germany. Siggy runs his franchise with business partner James Swift, who began working for Siggy as a delivery driver aged 16. Siggy has mentored James over the years and the pair became business partners in 2000.

Siggy has won all manner of awards during his time at Domino’s including the British Franchise Association’s long standing franchisee of the year award 2013 and a Gold Franny – an accolade presented only to the very top Domino’s franchisees worldwide from over 70 countries. He’s a true Domino’s Viking and has continued to grow his business and reinvest in Swindon over the past 25 years, most recently with extensive refits for his stores in West Swindon and Taw Hill. Away from Domino’s, Siggy is a greatly respected, international dog judge – he has been judging for 45 years and regularly attends Crufts.

Siggy Wilberg, Domino’s franchisee, said: “I’m delighted to be celebrating my silver jubilee in Swindon. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed growing my business here – the town certainly seems to have an appetite for pizza and it’s been a real honour to serve so many homes and businesses during this time. My menu may have changed over the years – and we certainly didn’t have online ordering 25 years ago! – but my passion for pizza is still the same as the very first day I opened my first Domino’s store.”

To mark his 25 years in Swindon and to thank pizza lovers for their custom over the years, Siggy and his team will hold a range of celebrations including 25% off all pizza until 15th June, from the Domino’s stores in West Swindon, Taw Hill, Old Town and East Swindon, as well as billboards around the town and local events.

For more details on Siggy’s silver jubilee celebrations, search ‘Domino’s Pizza Swindon’ on Facebook.

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Notes to Editors:
Domino’s Pizza Group plc is the leading player in the fast-growing pizza delivery market and holds the exclusive master franchise to own, operate and franchise Domino’s Pizza stores in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. The first UK store opened in Luton in 1985 and the first Irish store opened in 1991. In April 2011, the Group acquired a majority stake in the exclusive master franchise to own, operate and franchise Domino’s Pizza stores in Germany. The minority shareholding in Germany was subsequently acquired in February 2014.  In September 2012, the Group acquired the master franchise for Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein and an option to acquire the Master Franchise Agreement in Austria prior to the end of 2014.

As at 30 March 2014, there were 862 stores in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany and Switzerland. Of these, 666 stores are in England, 56 are in Scotland, 33 are in Wales, 21 are in Northern Ireland, one is on the Isle of Man, three are mobile units, 48 are in the Republic of Ireland, 24 are in Germany and 10 are in Switzerland.

Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is one of the world’s leading pizza delivery brands. Through its primarily franchised system, Domino’s Pizza operates a global network of almost 10,900 Domino’s Pizza stores in over 70 international markets. Domino’s Pizza has a singular focus – the home delivery of pizza, freshly made to order with high quality ingredients.

Customers in the UK can order online at www.dominos.co.uk, in the Republic of Ireland at www.dominos.ie, in Germany at www.dominos.de and in Switzerland at www.dominos.ch. In addition, mobile customers can order by downloading Domino’s free iPhone, iPad and Android apps.