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Argyll-based Ewan Hardy joined Auditel in June 2009 after being in the electronic security industry for over 23 years. He had held the positions of General Manager for ADT, Regional Director for Chubb and Regional Director for G4S. He wanted to invest in something where the risk was reduced because there was already a proven working model.
Ewan says: “I researched a number of franchise companies via the internet and sent away for information packs. The Auditel cost management package interested me the most. I felt it would allow me to use the business experience I had gained in my previous employment. It also presented the opportunity to earn good money with very little start up costs over a three to five year period.
“After carrying out due diligence on two companies within the same market place I opted for Auditel. I was impressed by the quality of people and the support they were going to provide. Fortunately I had some personal savings and used the small amount of redundancy money to cover my outgoings for the first 18 months.”
On the training, Ewan reports: “In the initial start up period, the courses provided were invaluable to making sure you hit the road running. The customer acquisition course provided the skill and confidence to start approaching prospects and the technical training, the basic expertise to provide accurate data to our clients. The support continues with regular reviews to help development in any areas that you may be finding difficult.”
Like many new home-based franchisees, Ewan found that coming from a large organisation, with the company of other members of staff, compared to working from home with less people contact, has been challenging. He says: “Not having a regular income and building a business can be stressful, but after seven months I have already signed seven clients and started to produce the first invoices for the work done. I have picked up my first referral business and attend a number of networking events that are developing long term relationships.”
Ewan advises potential franchisees that they should take time with their due diligence to identify a business that is right for them. “Do make sure you are comfortable with the people you are dealing with and don’t be frightened to ask searching questions!”
Asked about future plans, Ewan replies: “I shall continue to build relationships with my existing clients to become their trusted adviser. I shall also look to add to my client base by proactively targeting clients with the correct profile.”
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.
Discover why your future is brighter with Auditel – Find out why the banks are keen to support Auditel
18th February 2014
There are two special Auditel Free Discovery Seminars featuring guest speakers from NatWest/RBS and HSBC at their Winchester Head Office in...
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 Seán Harnett is managing business costs for the Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership
12th December 2013
Seán Harnett joined Auditel last year and says that his previous experience will enable him to offer clients a valuable service.
'Maximising Opportunities' – Auditel’s 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...
Auditel provided invaluable training and support in the start up phase, and still do, even now when I have an established successful business.Gill Gibbon, Auditel Consultant since 2003
11th February 2014
"Auditel – a strong product and clearly defined business model"