Redundancy led to franchising
Bluebird Care franchisees, John and Jane Perry, bought their franchise after the threat of redundancy loomed over them. Looking at what else was out there, the care industry stood out for them due to first-hand experience they had with a relative who had received a poor service of care. Inspired to do better, they had to find the right partner to work with, and after much research they knew Bluebird Care was the perfect choice for them. John and Jane now run a successful Bluebird Care franchise in Edinburgh and Glasgow South.
Franchising offers better work/life balance
Charlie Moncrieff had been working around/in IT for over 20 years before he decided to take the plunge and look for a new career move. Deciding that he wanted to work for himself and give himself the possibility of a better work/life balance with his kids, but with a solid support system behind him, he started to look at franchising and the IT opportunities available. In this exclusive interview, Charlies discusses why Computer Troubleshooters ticked all the boxes for him.
I wanted more quality time with my family, so I needed to make a change
Suj Legha has been self-employed since he was 21 years old and his passion for business start-ups has taken him on a journey of personal development that has led him to becoming a great business coach with his ActionCOACH franchise.
Interview with Renee Mackay, Edinburgh, TaxAssist Accountants
Renee Mackay is from a training and development/IPD background but had run her own business for nearly ten years before buying into TaxAssist Accountants. Before that she had worked with LloydsTSB and Telewest Communications. Customer service was (and still is) her background.
Interview with Frank Sutherland of Autosmart International, Aberdeenshire
Frank launched an Autosmart franchise business in Aberdeenshire and hit the ground running due to the tried, tested and trusted formula of the business system. Frank is celebrating after being shortlisted for franchisee of the year award by the British Franchise Association.That he loves cars is icing on the cake.
Interview with Scott Blyth of etyres, Edinburgh
Scott Blyth launched his etyres Edinburgh franchise in July 2014 and has already made a big impression on local businesses and securing sales on the back of word-of-mouth recommendations. Continued support from Head Office and other Franchise Owners based in Scotland has helped Scott get off to a great start.
Interview with Jim Stewart of Greensleeves Lawn Care, Aberdeenshire
Jim Stewart of Greensleeves Aberdeen has been enjoying running his lawn care franchise since 2011. Originally from an executive background within the electronics industry when Jim found himself facing redundancy he chose to embrace the opportunity and purchase a Greensleeves lawn treatment franchise. Jim now enjoys running his business whilst working in the outdoors and is extremely proud of the success he has achieved so far.
Interview with Morag Readman of Bright & Beautiful, East Lothian
Morag Readman is the Bright & Beautiful franchisee for East Lothian. Coming from a marketing background, Morag knows only too well the importance of the brand but also how timely and costly it can be to establish one. With franchising, Morag recognized she would be benefiting from day 1. After much research into different opportunities in different industries, Morag kept going back to domestic cleaning; it appealed due to the huge demand for the service and the repeat sales opportunities it offered. In this interview, Morag shares her experiences of setting up a franchise, the training and support she received, as well as the challenges and benefits of such a venture.
Interview with Forbes Davidson of Subway, North East Scotland
Forbes Davidson is a successful SUBWAY® franchisee with three stores across North East Scotland in Perthshire, Dundee and Montrose. He is due to open his fourth store with the brand in Blairgowrie shortly, and has two further stores in development.
Seeking ambitious franchise owner for Scottish franchise opportunity
Andy Kelly shares his experience of franchising with the Original Poster Company since early 2012 and he is now looking to sell this lucrative franchise so as to take up a voluntary post with a children's charity. Find out more here.