Dominic Baines runs his No Letting Go Franchise in Manchester South.
"I loved the fact that the No Letting Go Franchise was low cost, I could start without an office and not have the headache of managing staff straight away."
Dominic Baines set up his franchise in November 2014. Following a long career in banking, Dominic decided try something different and worked for Manchester University in Student Accomodation. This provided a good insight into dealing with tenants, albeit students at this stage, and managing accommodation.
Dominic explored Franchise options through a scheme called Franchising Works based in Manchester, an innovative social enterprise that assists to create new businesses and jobs through franchising. A business centred around the property market was of particular interest, and Dominic selected No Letting Go, based on the length of time in the industry, the comprehensive training and market leading technology.
Before Dominic took the leap into buying a franchise he spoke to a number of the existing No Letting Go franchisees. Dominic explains why this helped to make his mind up:
"It was really useful talking to other franchisees to gain a good understanding of what their journey was like in setting up a new business, and what was involved in the day to day running of the business."
It was this insight that provided Dominic with the confidence that not only could he start a new business, he would relish the challenge and opportunity of working for himself.
Dominic has since completed further training courses, so he can broaden the range of services he can provide to letting agents. Dominic explains how once he had established himself in the area, how it was easy to grow his business:
"Once I established myself with a few of agents in the area, and was able to deliver a reliable and accurate service, my business grew through recommendations and word of mouth."
The next stage for Dominic in growing his business is to take on extra staff to help manage the growing amount of working coming in.
Dominic has become a frequent winner at the No Letting Go Franchisee Awards, winning the prized Customer Award, which is selected by No Letting Go National Clients.
Following a long career in PR and then redundancy Garry Lockwood wanted a change of lifestyle so he started his No Letting Go business in Sutton & Merton.
Chris Holmes new business started in January 2008 and Chris was confident that once the company was up and running, he would be looking to recruit additional inventory management clerks.
After just over a year into operating my franchise in this specialised but growing market, I have managed to establish a sound personal client base as well as regular business via 'national contract' arrangements from the Franchisor.Mundeep Grewal, Docklands
No Letting Go has been incredibly supportive on the business and sales side. Nick and the team have helped me build the client base that now brings in an excellent regular income.Alan Percival, Leeds
I am proud to be the founding franchisee of what has proved to be a great brand, it was an excellent decision to invest in the young business and I have now taken on my second area which has enabled me to grow my business further and faster.Chris Holmes, Medway and Sevenoaks
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