Do you dream of running your own company? When the time comes, you’ll want to be sure you go with an opportunity you can count on!
Meet Mark Jowett, one of our most recent additions to the growing Access4Lofts franchise network.
Mark recently completed his training at HQ and opened his own Access4Lofts in Doncaster, and like many of our franchisees had no previous experience of loft installations.
After running his own business conducting property energy surveys for many years, Mark was forced to change careers when the market began to change. Realising he wasn’t getting the same satisfaction from it he used to, Mark very wisely decided to transfer his skills to a similar sector. He found a well-paid job working for a smart meter installation company, but he never forgot the joys of working for himself.
“It was a brilliant job, “ Mark explained, “but it was back working for someone else, and nor being my own boss. Eventually, I felt like I really needed to get out, but I didn’t want to be back where I was before completely on my own, which is when I started looking at franchising.”
Franchising with a business like Access4Lofts allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to starting your own business: being in control of your working life, but still being able to rely on the experience and expertise of an established brand. However, Access4Lofts wasn’t the first franchise Mark looked at and it was some time before he settled on us as his final choice.
“I’d been looking for the right opportunity for the last 18 months to 2 years, “ Mark continued, ”but none of them ticked the right boxes. With them, I felt like I would be just buying a job, but with Access4Lofts I was buying a business. On top of that is all the systems they have in place, and the support, and all of their existing franchisees seem to be doing really well. On my first video call with them, I could see a live feed of exactly what jobs people were getting and what they were worth.”
Here at Access4Lofts, our franchisee’s performance figures speak for themselves, and we are fully committed to doing everything we can to make their businesses a success. This includes a comprehensive 5 day training programme at our specialist centre in Plymouth where franchisees are taught everything they need to know to run their new business.
“I was really impressed with the training. They’ve got absolutely everything laid out for you, with videos and manuals to look at later when you need more help. When I left on the Friday, I already had 4 leads to follow up on for Monday morning!”
Of course, training is just the beginning of how we help our partners. We have a huge library of videos and operations manuals to help them deal effectively with every possible installation scenario, and can provide video call support for any particularly tricky setups. Together, our support and training means the Access4Lofts franchise opportunity is one that is open to anyone with the drive and ambition to succeed.
“During training, the team showed me the wall they have covered in portraits of their franchisees and took me through all the backgrounds. The number of walks of life on display there was crazy. Delivery drivers, policemen, business owners, finance directors, all have found a place with Access4Lofts.
“A few weeks before I started, I had a bit of a ‘wobble’ and almost didn’t go ahead with it. All the bad news about the cost of living crisis had me worried, but I’m glad I did! Within just two weeks of finishing my training, I have just completed my first paid job and have 4 more lined up over the next fortnight. I am expecting this to really take off over the next few months – especially the insulation side of the business.”
We’re really glad that Mark decided to join us, and we’re looking forward to working with him for many years to come!
If you’re ready to take the leap into self-employment and are looking for a business opportunity designed around your success, why not contact us to find out more?