10th January 2018
It was while he was on the beach in Kos, when Jon received the call to say he had been successfully chosen as InXpress UK’s new Managing Director.
Perfect timing for the lifestyle franchise which prides itself on helping franchisees achieve a desirable work-life balance.
Jon has enjoyed a varied career in management and sales, which he brings to the InXpress table:
"When I was at school, my plan was actually to be in the Navy, like my father. Having passed the necessary exams, I was about to embark as a Submarine Chef. I had also been working part-time in a supermarket, and they offered me the chance to do a Management Degree. My parents thought it was a better prospect long-term, so I left the Navy and went into Supermarket Management – which turned out to be a big mistake!"
Freedom to choose how to balance work and life. Having been stuck in retail management, Jon says:
"I felt like I was chasing money, and hated it! My wife and I had our family young, so we could enjoy ‘life after kids’. An opportunity came up, offering more money for less hours, and I was quick to take it in a move away from retail management, and stop chasing money so much. Over the ensuing eighteen years I developed skills in management and sales."
And now, Jon is reaping the seeds of developing these skills, as he creates the lifestyle he wants:
"Family for me is a priority, I choose the hours I am home, and am now in a position where I have the freedom to spend as much time as I want with my grandchildren. I also train the U16 team at my local rugby club, which I have been involved with for over 32 years, having previously played for the County."
One of the reasons many franchisees enter the world of franchising, is to spend more time with their family. Jon sees his role as being to introduce potential franchisees to the advantages of franchising, which allows you to choose the hours you work, and spend time doing what they enjoy.
Prior to joining InXpress, Jon was at Whistl, where InXpress had been one of his customers. But now he is ready to travel with InXpress UK to the next level of business growth:
"I’ve already had conversations with the CEOs of InXpress Global partners. I wanted to know what works for them, so we can mirror the best of America and Australia here in the UK.
One of the things we will be working on, is to increase the level of training we offer both new and more established franchisees. As the franchisees businesses grow, InXpress overall will grow."
So as the New Year is underway, led by a new Managing Director at the helm, what can franchisees expect in 2018?
"I’m committed to meet each franchisee face-to-face in order to build relationship with them. As well as building the relationships we have with our carriers. I will be spending two days a week face-to-face with our franchisees, while the InXpress Business coaches are committed to being out three days a week. We want to help them to grow their business, while building a relationship. I am excited at what this will draw out of them, as I think it is the most important way of strengthening our network. And as the network grows stronger, businesses flourish, and InXpress grows!"
3rd May 2018
InXpress introduces 4 new Country Managers, as the brand expands globally.
30th April 2018
InXpress are proud to announce that Neil Hatt has been shortlisted by the bfa for this year’s Franchisee Network Contribution award.
23rd April 2018
InXpress are excited to announce their expansion into Germany.
17th April 2018
To enhance franchisees businesses InXpress have established a partnership with an online software.
17th November 2017
InXpress releases a new advert highlighting the multiple ways franchisees offer excellent service and value to their customers.
10th November 2017
On Friday 10th November InXpress released their brand new advert worldwide.
18th August 2017
Neena Gupta uses her work experience with InXpress as a business mentor to young people.
7th August 2017
InXpress have been named winners of the bfa HSBC Brand Innovation award at the 2017 Awards event.
With InXpress you don’t buy or sell stock so the business has low overheads and you don’t lose money on damaged stock. You’re selling the services of world branded products and it’s much easier to sell DHL services than white van. E-commerce is booming at the moment because more and more people are now buying online.Craig Atkins, Reading franchisee since 2007
I’ve known about franchising for quite a while and I’m reassured by the fact that 95% of franchisees are still in business after 5 years. New businesses often fail before the initial five years.Bill Carter, Liverpool franchisee since 2008
I chose to franchise with InXpress because it’s like someone’s got their arm around you. I also liked the fact that you didn’t need a lot to run the business. You can run it from home, an office or anywhere in the world as long as you’ve got an internet connection.Kully Sahota, Peterborough franchisee since October 2012
High income potential
Low entry cost
No inventory, no warehousing, minimum overheads