Jon Wood, Aspray (East Barnet)
I have always had a keen interest in property and my first job after leaving school was with a local Estate Agent, which I enjoyed immensely. I later moved into financial services and spent many successful years climbing the corporate ladder, where I had the privilege of working with many talented people and organisations, gaining significant commercial expertise. However, throughout my years in the corporate world, I always envied those who ran their own business and benefitted more directly from the effort invested. I also still had a keen interest in property.
Like many other people, when the COVID pandemic took hold, I became a casualty of a wave of redundancies and very quickly decided it was time I fulfilled my desire to become my own boss. A franchise made a lot of sense to me, as I wanted a proven business model and a fast route to market, plus I ideally wanted to do something I had a genuine interest in. Importantly though I wanted a business that I believed would be resilient to another pandemic or a recession, hence the insurance sector ticked a lot of boxes for me.
Of the franchises I considered, Aspray had a great reputation, the skills needed were a good fit for me and the high earning potential meant a fast return on my investment was realistically achievable.
Exceptional support was provided by the team at Aspary, especially during the research phase, which was first class. The level of detail provided and the access I was given to existing franchisees meant I had a lot more confidence when making my decision. I asked a lot of questions that were always answered honestly, which has been proven time and again, since I purchased my franchise and started trading.
The support continues after you start trading too and I have nothing but praise for the operations team and field support Aspray provide. They realise my success is their success so, while I run my own business, I still have the support of a skilled team behind me.
In terms of the future, despite the instability we see with our economy and around the world, I feel more confident today than I have done in years. My business is growing faster than I imagined and, while there’s still a long way to go, it has surpassed all my expectations so far. I just wish I’d identified this opportunity at Aspray 10 years ago!