When Robert Westhorp set off for The British Franchise Exhibition in Manchester five years ago, he had no idea that he would meet a former supplier and eventually join the company.
Originally from the North East but now based in the Manchester area, Robert was frustrated after 30 years in textile manufacturing and supply chain management by future prospects for his career.
So, after many years managing contracts supplying clothing to companies such as Marks & Spencer, Robert headed for the exhibition looking with an open mind for a new career challenge.
Although he saw and considered opportunities in various industries including plumbing and car body repairs, healthcare insurance provider Healthcare Practice particularly caught his eye because he had been a client of the company in a former role.
“Although I had not really expected to find work in financial services, once I started speaking with them I was impressed and wanted to know more.”
After several further meetings building and testing a possible relationship, Robert eventually joined Healthcare Practice, taking its territory in Great Manchester and North Cheshire.
It was the right decision from the start. Robert got off to a flying start, in fact, the best ever by a new Healthcare Practice partner. Since then Robert has continued to build the momentum and has become an award-winning partner.
“The key is hard work and applying the proven business model successfully. I’d recommend franchising and Healthcare Practice as a career, and a visit to the British Franchise Exhibition as a great way to find ideas, meet franchisors and discover which company or industry is the best fit for you.”
Mark Tomlinson joined WPA Healthcare Practice in September 2010 as a franchisee in the South West.
Simon Marks came from the banking sector and took over a well-established portfolio of customers in Northern Ireland in November 2012.
For Matt Trapnell Healthcare Practice has led to a fulfilling second career.
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"TheHealthcare Practice opportunity attracted me. I had no medical or sales background but I knew I was good with people and felt I could provide advice."
Uckfield man and Healthcare Practice partner, Dan Wade says that looking after his customers has been the key to his success.
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The Healthcare Practice is unique… I’ve never worked with a company that look after you so well. Joining them was the best decision I have made in my life, hand on heart.Bob Grace - Healthcare Partner since 1999
Attending the open day at Head Office was extremely useful and helped reassure me that I was perusing a good opportunity. It allowed me to learn more about WPA, meet a number of staff and experience the culture and transparency of the organisation. It certainly played a crucial role in my decision making process about becoming a Healthcare Partner.Catherine Bennett – Healthcare Partner since December 2014
My advice for anyone looking to become a Healthcare Partner is just do it! If there is a practice available near you then absolutely go for it. The training, the support, the help, the advice - it’s been the best decision that I’ve made.Ross Le Jeune - Healthcare Partner since 2016
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