8th June 2020
A father and stepson duo of car repair technicians are celebrating after completing work on their 7,000th vehicle.
Robert Ashmore and Jonathan Foster, who run the ChipsAway Car Care Centre in Lincoln, have achieved the milestone just three weeks after emerging from a complete halt on operations, inflicted because of COVID-19.
Following a surge of enquiries for their services as the UK emerges from lockdown, Robert, who owns the centre, is hopeful 2020 will be his most successful year to date.
In 2014, when Robert decided to open a ChipsAway Car Care Centre at Newporte Business Park, Jonathan became his first and only employee. Six years later, the duo still man the fort, and having struck the perfect balance of trade and consumer customers they are feeling optimistic about the future.
Robert said: “We completely closed for business on 23rd March – just like thousands of other businesses in the Lincoln area. We reopened three weeks ago when the lockdown started easing, and have since been inundated with people wanting to have their car scuffs, scratches, dents and alloys repaired.
Because they’re not able to spend money on their favourite luxuries, like eating out and drinking in bars, we’re finding the public are wanting to spend their money on the next big luxury in their life – and that is their car. As a result, we are booked up into July, and are still receiving many more enquiries each day than we did before lockdown.
To reach the milestone of working on our 7,000th vehicle proves we have our business model in great working order, and we’re very grateful to every customer we’ve had in the past, and anyone who comes through our doors in the future. We’re proud to have ridden out the storm of COVID-19 and are now very much open for business for the Lincoln public.”
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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
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