Shuttercraft franchisee, Martin Burge, has experienced strong success on his journey with Shuttercraft. Starting his business in Bristol, he has now expanded into a second territory in Cardiff (2021).
Martin was working as a photocopy engineer, but after 10 years with no pay rise, and only 18 years until he reached retirement age, he started to seriously reconsider his future and his possible options.
Martin’s wife, Sue, formerly a nursing assistant, had started up a dog grooming business 2 years previously, which has been successful and this, more than anything, gave him the push to try working for himself too.
When he pictured the type of business he could see himself being happy running it was ideally DIY based, local and flexible but Martin also appreciated that having always been an employee he would need some practical re-training, as well as marketing and business support for his new venture.
Martin discovered franchising by attending a BFA seminar which helped him greatly when it came to investigating exactly what he needed from his franchisor and Shuttercraft provided him with all key answers he needed to make an informed decision.
Franchising appealed to him as not only would he be running his own business under the umbrella of an established brand, he would get the much needed training in his new career he wanted, he would also get the marketing and business support he knew he was going to need.
For Martin the Shuttercraft franchise stood out head and shoulders above the rest because he had the backup of the leading shutter distributor in the UK that had not only developed some of the largest independent shutter retailers in the UK but also had account managers in the field that would provide help and support in developing local retail partnerships for him.
Martin has been impressed with the training and support he has received, saying:
“I have learnt how to measure and fit shutters in a very short time by being trained by some of the best fitters in the country.
The company started investing in me before I had even started setting up my website and SEO-ing it, so that by the time I had completed my first month I already ranked number 1 for Google in my area. We have worked very hard on bringing in business and the beauty is that, because consumers pay a 50% deposit upon placing their order, this is a cash positive business from the day the first order is received.”
Martin has received all the training and support needed to set-up and run his shuttercraft business locally and this has included:
When Martin thinks back on how bleak his future was looking he says that “I wanted a good pension and a business I could build upon and ultimately sell as a great going concern. Buying my shuttercraft franchised business is, without doubt, the best thing I have ever done! I love being his own boss and the potential income is very attractive – everyone should do it!
As a Shuttercraft franchise owner your role is to effectively manage the business on a day to day basis. This includes the sales promotion and business development; quoting for new work; surveying and installing the Shuttercraft product range; building relationships with clients, to encourage repeat business; and growing the franchise, eventually recruiting and training new staff.
To succeed with Shuttercraft you need an eye for detail and a passion for excellent service. You must be a people person with good empathy towards clients as well as having the inherent potential to become a quality craftsman. Additional skills such as training, sales or marketing would also be an asset but shuttercraft have all the expertise in house to provide franchisees with the support they need.
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Strong positive cashflow
Premium product with high margins
High repeat and referral rate