Jamie Cushion launched a AutoValetDirect franchise business in Taunton, Somerset and plans to grow the business in the future. After researching different companies heavily on the Internet he found that AutoValetDirect had the best package available and were a very successful franchise. He then had a meeting with Chris Johnson and liked everything that he heard and found that the company has lots to offer and an excellent business model.
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The South West is a beautiful and historic part of England, consisting of the counties of Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall.
The turnover in the South West for franchising is £1.2billion. 72% of franchise systems have presence in the region. Many franchises also have their head office in the region including Martin & Co, Riverford Organic Vegetables, Urban Planters, Wiltshire Farm Foods, WPA, Travail Employment, Clarks Shoes, Debutots and Medics on the Move.
The South West, home to almost 5 million people, is a predominantly rural region but with a number of major urban centres, namely Bristol with over 400,000 people, Bournemouth & Poole with over 300,000, and Plymouth with a population of over 250,000. The urban and rural parts of the region combine to provide a diverse economic base for the region while creating distinct regional disparities.
The South West has the largest growing population in the UK - with an increase of 3.9% since 1991 it has outstripped the 2.5% rate for Britain as a whole. Much of this growth is due to migration into the region from elsewhere in the UK.