Frank Sutherland, Autosmart franchisee in Aberdeenshire talks to us about how a redundancy 15 years ago led him to researching franchise opportunities.
“When I was made redundant in 2006, I knew that it was time to start my own business. I looked at a number of different opportunities before I decided to buy my Autosmart franchise.
“Right from the start it seemed a safe choice, which is important when you have a family to think of. It’s a tried and tested formula, with over 40 years of experience. From day one, the training and support are fantastic – you can see why the Franchise Direct ranked them best van based franchise 2020. Even franchisees with no previous sales experience learn how to succeed, thanks to on-going field training. I trebled my sales in less than 2 years and am still growing.
“15 years have passed since I started my franchise. I am as sure as ever I made the right choice with Autosmart. Despite 3 downturns in the economy, recession, banking crisis, oil price slumps, our business has continued to grow.
“With the biggest challenge yet upon us with COVID 19 we are confident as ever we will weather the storm with same hard work, industry leading products & Autosmart’s team behind us. Between 70% to 80% of our customer base remained opening during lockdown providing essential services to Agriculture, Food, Haulage, Oil & Gas, Healthcare, & Local Authorities. It has been rewarding that we have been able to support all these businesses at this time. I say “we”! My son has now joined me to help expand the business as we recognise there are opportunities everywhere for continuous growth. It’s hard work, but great fun!
“If you’ve been made redundant or are looking for a new challenge, then my advice would be don’t let the current market conditions put you off. I know that this is one business that you can start anytime and make a success of it, providing you are willing to work hard. And, if you have an interest in cars, trucks or bikes then this franchise is made for you”.