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For someone involved as a racing car engineer since the early 1990's and with Formula 1 itself from 2000, Peter Harrison is clearly one of the most experienced in the business.
Peter says: "After ten years with BTCC touring car teams, I moved to F1 and joined British American Racing, graduating to becoming their Test Engineer before joining Jaguar Racing as Senior F1 Race Engineer to Mark Webber and Pedro de la Rosa. I then became Chief Test Engineer to the Williams F1 team working with Mark Webber, Nick Heidfeld, Alexander Wurz, Kazuki Nakajima and Nico Rosberg. At Williams, I was responsible for all technical aspects of F1 test and development operations, heading a team of Test, Control Systems and Data Analysis Engineers, and overseeing all test events in direct support of the Race Team."
With the recent upheavals in the F1 world, Peter decided to think about a different career from his first love. "I had really enjoyed my work thus far at the sharp end, working directly with the race drivers, optimising car set-ups and race strategy, but with the shake-up in F1, and our first child on the way, I needed to consider a future outside the industry."
With the downturn in the economy, many professional men and women have also been considering their future and a number have chosen to take up a management-style franchise. According to the 2009 NatWest/bfa Franchise Survey, becoming a franchisee could be a wise decision. Brian Smart, the bfa's director general, reports: "There is little indication so far of the recession having a severe impact on the franchise industry. Franchised businesses are in a much stronger position, as they have the additional protection of a proven business model and brand."
Peter said: "I really wanted the flexibility of being my own boss but I had no previous experience of running a business. So franchising was the obvious choice in my case. I can concentrate on building my own business using a proven format with ongoing help and support from the franchisor. There are so many to choose from, I thought it was going to take for ever, but Auditel quickly stood out from the crowd. I took an instant liking to their business proposition and I was really impressed with the attitude of the Head Office staff and the other franchisees." He adds: "It's been extremely tough coming from a highly paid profession in which I had many years of experience. But I'm clear about my future goals and I know this will be a better way of achieving them."
Peter says that his primary objective over the next two years is to build a successful business in order to provide the income he was accustomed to in his previous career. "Beyond that, my ultimate goals are to enjoy much more time with my family and to pursue my main hobbies of skiing, photography and classic cars!" Having already signed a clutch of new clients since he started in July, it's clear he is firing on all cylinders!
Visit The British and International Franchise Exhibition and find out everything you need to know about franchising - all under one roof!
4th March 2014
On Friday 14th and Saturday 15th March, Auditel will be exhibiting at The British and International Franchise Exhibition on Stand G120.
Richard Purkis - "Excellent Business Concept– Excellent Network of Affiliates and Head Office Team – Excellent Values"
25th February 2014
Richard Purkis recently joined Auditel. He is a Chartered Accountant with experience of working both in practice and industry.
Paul Millican is 'engineering' a new career with Auditel
5th February 2014
East-Midlands-based Paul Millican joined Auditel last November after starting his career in engineering support
Auditel – an arresting opportunity for ex-Detective Inspector Terry McNamara
28th January 2014
Newcastle-based Terry McNamara is one of the new Affiliates who have recently joined Auditel
"Entrepreneur of the Year Award" Winner, Jane Campbell, joins Auditel
9th January 2014
Jane Campbell tells us about being an Auditel Cost Management Consultant and how she has become their Rising Star
Auditel's SeŠn Harnett is managing business costs for the Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership
12th December 2013
SeŠn Harnett joined Auditel last year and says that his previous experience will enable him to offer clients a valuable service.
'Maximising Opportunities' – Auditelís 18th National Conference
5th December 2013
The 18th Auditel National Conference took place on Friday 29th November in the presence of over 130 Auditel Consultants and over 60...
The Award-Winning Auditel Cost Management Franchise Five-Year Mentoring Programme
13th November 2013
At Auditelís headquarters in Winchester, training and support of new and existing franchisees has been developing throughout its 20 yearsí...
Iím in my 30ís and my Auditel business makes me £15,000 a month. This affords me the lifestyle I want including frequent family holidays to our second home in Turkey.Chris Baker, Auditel Consultant since 1998
11th February 2014
"Auditel – a strong product and clearly defined business model"