Vik Panchal worked within the legal and financial sectors for many years dealing with both SMEs and global organisations. He provided tailor-made business solutions and services in line with their exacting requirements. Vik recalls: “Auditel is a professional, established and proven business. Prior to my commitment, I was impressed with their head office staff and the affiliates I spoke to. The calibre of all the people is very high.”
Claire Sharp spent her career working in a number of key senior management roles in financial services marketing. She says: “I found that Auditel was a good fit with my previous experience. I liked the culture and everybody I met was very professional and helpful. The training was very informative and I feel prepared to get going!”
Debbie Davies’s background was in media. Her last role was commercial director of a large newspaper group in the Midlands. Her belief in the Auditel model was based on “infrastructure, brand, matching my skill set, an opportunity to be successful and flexibility”.
Until recently, Simon Grant and Ian Webb were working colleagues in Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. Simon was franchise and recruitment manager and Ian a senior operations manager. In the recent shake-up of the company, both Simon and Ian left. They decided to open their own Auditel business as a partnership.
Simon recalls: “I chose Auditel for a number of reasons. All my conversations and dealings with them were very professional, consistent and clear. I didn’t feel at any time that I was being pressurised into buying a franchise. The support being offered before and throughout the process was impressive.” Ian agrees, adding: “I was also impressed with the people we met and the fact that they had won the the bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year 2012 Award for Outstanding Franchisee Support.”
Finally, another partnership was formed when Graeme Johnson joined Steve Newton, an Auditel cost management consultant since 2003. Graeme had worked with the David Lloyd Leisure Centre in Farnham.
Auditel’s franchise development director, Edward Brewer, said: “Some of our new franchisees arrive after a redundancy situation, but there are many seeking a new career path who have not come across franchising. We call franchising, ‘supported self-employment’ or ‘being in business for yourself but not by yourself’. After all, this is a £13 billion industry, employing over half a million people and the latest bfa/NatWest Franchise Survey indicates 91% of franchisees are profitable.
“We look forward to welcoming many more newcomers in the months to come!”