After completing an engineering degree at University and starting a career in the Oil and Gas industry, Tunde decided after a few years that he wasn’t maximising his full potential. After spotting a ChipsAway van and seeing the sophisticated interior workshop, he knew it was for him.
"I decided to become a part of a franchise because the team would be able to support my areas of weakness in starting up a business. A reputable franchise would be able to train me from the get go, thereby minimising loss of time in learning about the operations and marketing side of things. The support from the franchisor as well as the support from fellow, experienced franchisees is a gold mine.
"ChipsAway have trained me on how to repair a car and provided me with a knowledgeable business developer, who was an experienced fellow franchisee. This mentor helped me set up and set out successfully."
ChipsAway provide franchisees we an initial 4 weeks technical training, as well as sales and marketing training. This is then followed up by more advanced training a few months later. Furthermore, on-going business support from a Franchise support team is also available, as well as other courses on request.
"I have also received periodic updates about crucial changes in the industry, modern equipment for doing jobs better and quicker as they hit the market, marketing and IT training, ongoing operations support, substantial financial support when I was in need to get business loans to grow and expand amongst others."
Now 11 years later, Tunde is loving his new life as a ChipsAway franchisee and has expanded his business into a Car Care Centres. These are fixed based workshops, often able to complete larger and more complicated repairs.
"It has taken a lot of hard work to build my enviable life, but ChipsAway really has given me an amazing lifestyle. I now have time for my wife and little baby as I can work really flexible hours."
Tunde mentions hard work, and certainly it hasn’t all been easy:
"My biggest challenge was surviving the recession. However, I overcame it by increasing my marketing, looking after my customers by giving them the best service and upscaling my skills and equipment so that I could say yes to more types of repairs that came my way.
My future goal is to expand my Car Care Centre into a multi-location business, and then to sell when time is right. I am very pleased to say that there is very little I would do differently and I have absolutely no regrets with ChipsAway!"
Not only has a ChipsAway been profitable for Spencer Grainger but owning his own business has allowed him to fit his work around his lifestyle.
A ChipsAway franchise has given Richard Dexter the freedom to mould his work around his lifestyle.
I could see the flexibility of ChipsAway’s business model would work for me. Working for myself as a franchisee is a world away from my life before.Neil Dobson, franchisee since 2013
I’m absolutely thrilled with the way my business is going. I wanted something flexible, that was not massively expensive and which had the potential for growth. ChipsAway fit the bill and has proved to be everything I’d hoped for. ‘It does what it says on the tin’, and if you follow the business model you can’t go wrong!Andy Cornell, franchisee since 2011
Brand Leader - ChipsAway is the UK's leading minor automotive paintwork repair brand
Fantastic earnings potential - Many franchisees achieving in excess of £80,000 pa, some turning over £300,000 pa