A Bright Future with All Trades Network

Helping people to make their homes habitable again after flooding and other disasters has proven personally rewarding for All Trades franchisee Paul Dennis in more ways than one

One year ago Liverpool entrepreneur Paul Dennis joined forces with All Trades Network and he says the past 12 months have been hard work but extremely rewarding. On joining one of the country's most exciting franchises, Paul started work on building a team of reliable tradesman to help him undertake repair work on behalf of the insurance industry.

'Like anything in life, when it comes to building a business you reap what you sow,' explains the 43-year old from Huyton in Merseyside. 'I believe that you can't just sit back and wait for the work to come to you, you have to keep working at it and it's the same when you take on a franchise.

'Having said that we have undertaken a lot of work in the Hull area following last year's floods and although this is out of our usual territory - which covers the Merseyside area - it has helped to build our turnover while I worked on establishing more local contracts.'

Paul is no stranger to the franchising industry - prior to joining All Trades he operated a contract cleaning franchise in his home city of Liverpool for seven years and says the experience has proved useful in his latest venture.

'I can understand the problems faced by anyone starting their own business for the first time but I know now that you need to take a long-term view,' he continues. 'I am in this for the long haul and I'm sure I will see the benefits in the years ahead.

'Fortunately the team and head office have been very supportive and I have built up a team of reliable tradesmen to fulfil the contracts provided by head office and to complete work I have found for myself.'

Paul has also found the projects he has managed personally rewarding. 'It feels fantastic when a job is completed and a policy holder moves back into their home following a disaster such as a flood or a fire,' he continues. 'Anyone who has had their home damaged knows that it can be a very stressful experience but you get a lot of satisfaction from knowing that you have made life a little easier for them - whether they have been flooded out or just suffered damage from a burst pipe.'

Report by Martin Farrow