Ex-Royal Air Force engineer Jon Carling, 40, is setting up his business in Retford, visiting customers to repair scuffs, scrapes and minor damage on their vehicles and alloy wheels. No stranger to working with valuable machines, Jon worked on all manner of aircraft engines and airframes during his days in the forces, including Tornados, Typhoons, Puma helicopters and Harriers.
Jon and his wife Karen, who was a medic, met while they were both serving in Northern Ireland. They have two daughters, aged 3 and 18 months.
Jon said: “I like that Revive! has led the way in getting Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) for cosmetic SMART repairs. My standards are high and I wanted to be involved in a top quality business.
“It’s early days but the feedback from customers so far has been very positive. What I’d really like is to expand the business with more vans.”
25-year-old Ashley Kelly, who lives in Yate, is launching his new business this month.
Born and raised in Bristol, Ashley attended Chipping Sodbury Specialist Technology School before undertaking a 3-year panel beating and body repair apprenticeship at the Parkway Transport Technology Centre, part of City of Bristol College. As part of his apprenticeship Ashley worked for a car dealership in Chipping Sodbury and when he’d finished his course he continued on in their body shop.
Eight years on and Ashley started thinking about moving on to pastures new. Becoming his own boss had been a long-held dream, as he explains: “I thought starting up my own body shop would be too risky as the overheads are so high, then I came across Revive!. It’s a mobile business and I have everything I need in my van.”
Ashley’s territory covers the whole of Bristol and surrounding areas. In the future he hopes to expand his operation by taking on additional vans and employing staff.