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Older entrepreneurs are a significant force behind the creation of new businesses. The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), stated that 50 - 65 year-olds founded 27% of the successful start-ups between 2001 and 2005. The trend continues and many are turning to franchising.
Llanelli-based Denis Brennan joined Auditel, the cost and purchase management franchise, last year. Although trained as a lawyer, Denis became IT Director for a multi-national manufacturing business. He says: “I had a desire to run my own business on an established model. I wanted to become master of my own destiny rather than working for an organisation.”
Denis chose the Auditel franchise in his search for a new venture. He confirms: “I liked the business model. Before taking redundancy, I was involved in a global telecoms outsourcing arrangement so I feel comfortable in the areas of IT and communications. I liked the people I met in the Company instinctively and trusted them immediately. “
After his initial training at Auditel’s head office, Denis reported: “It was even better than I had anticipated. The training encompassed client acquisition and management, professional marketing and technical training for our areas of operation.”
After many years in the corporate world, Denis found that time management was a major challenge. He reveals: “You must learn to make time, and plan to wear those hats that in a larger company would be worn by different people – MD, Sales, Finance, and Operations etc…! Both the franchisor and the Auditel network helped enormously in this area. Also with the gap between completing assignments and receiving fees, you have to build your business plan accordingly.”
Asked what advice he would give to someone considering a franchise, Denis replied: “Decide which type of franchise would suit you. Research these sectors. Identify a number of franchisors and ‘interview’ them. Assess style, ethics, and personal chemistry, ie could I fit into their network? Take up references from existing franchisees. Build an honest business plan and then critique it and probably reduce your expectations. How much effort will it require? Can you afford the costs until they begin to reap rewards in income? Talk it through with your accountant, maybe work colleagues and especially your family – get their buy-in.”
Denis has made excellent progress. He reports: “I have twenty-nine clients, which is ahead of plan. Turnover is just about on target, showing that some (too many) of these clients are not good enough! I treat this as a learning curve – must do better next year!”
Future plans - “To grow significantly and quickly but against set targets, taking into account the ability to manage the growth. Will I need joint ventures with other franchisees and telemarketing? I plan to employ my wife significantly in market research, data-entry and admin/book-keeping roles. I may consider employing staff. My Auditel franchise allows me to put one more person through training at no extra cost. On a personal level, as I live in Llanelli, I enjoy following rugby, in particular the Scarlets. When time allows I play golf!”
John Wardle, Auditel - "3 days before I start…I can’t wait to get out there!"
17th June 2013
John Wardle joined Auditel in April this year and lives in Sutton Coldfield with his wife and three grown-up children.
Robin Cockburn, Auditel - "I chose Auditel because the business proposition stacked up"
15th May 2013
West Calder-based Robin Cockburn joined Auditel in March 2009 following a career of 30 years in banking and finance.
Miles and Nina Hosking, Auditel - “Fantastic opportunity, great support!”
10th May 2013
Miles and Nina Hosking live in Rickmansworth. Miles spent most of his career with the BBC in a number of senior roles, Nina had been...
Simon Eggleton - Great Savings for Happy Clients
14th March 2013
Simon Eggleton wanted to set up his own venture and began to investigate the options of a stand-alone business or franchising and joined...
Phil Wilkes, Auditel - "Over the years I have saved well over £2m for my clients"
7th March 2013
Phil Wilkes, a veteran Auditel Cost Management franchisee, has made great strides in his eleven years of assisting organisations,...
David Jamieson - "I selected Auditel because of their professionalism and genuine sincerity"
8th February 2013
North Shields-based David Jamieson joined Auditel Cost Management in September 2009 and talks to us about his business
Damian Lowry - "I am glad I chose Auditel to help me build my future"
23rd January 2013
After researching various opportunities in the market place Damian Lowry left self-employment to join over 200 like-minded professionals in...
Carl and Bev Windsor - "The training and support from Auditel has been absolutely outstanding"
12th December 2012
Lincolnshire-based Carl and Bev Windsor joined Auditel in November 2008 and tell us about starting out with Auditel
The network provides amount of support in terms of what we do, how we do it, and technical developments, which is something you can't replicate if you work entirely by yourself. This 'knowledge bank' means clients have access to the combined wisdom of over 100 consultants.David Lowe, Auditel Consultant since 1995