No two days the same for All Trades franchisees

In 2005 Andy Lerer launched the Essex branch of All Trades Network and two years on the 52-year-old says he still enjoys the day-to-day challenges of dealing with tradesmen, suppliers and insurance policy holders who rely on him when disaster strikes their home, writes All Trades Network Franchise Development Manager Charles Sindall

'Every day at work and every project we undertake is different,' says an enthusiastic Andy when asked about becoming an All Trades Network franchisee. 'The whole business is based upon building relationships and you have to be a good communicator. To be successful we have developed excellent relationships with local builders and suppliers as well as developing our own team of expert tradesmen.

'I was attracted to All Trades Network because it offered me the opportunity to really put my own management skills to good use. While our head office in Blackburn is very supportive and the staff there are always on hand to provide technical and operational help and advice, the success of the franchise depends on developing a local network within the community you are working.' Andy, who has worked as a senior manager within BT, MCI and GE Capital, says that he believes that an All Trades Network franchise would appeal to anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit, who enjoys working as part of a team and looks forward to the challenge of handling several projects at one time. For those that do, the rewards can be significant. From a standing start and turnover of around £1,500 per month, within just two years Andy has seen monthly receipts grow to peaks of around £70,000 and expects his business to expand by at least 20 per cent over the next 12 months.

All Trades Network is purely focused on the insurance industry, saving time and money for insurers, while offering additional peace of mind to policyholders. The services it provides are above and beyond that which you normally get from a contractor resulting in significant repeat business. It is also estimated that the insurance industry pays out in the region of £74 million per day and All Trades Network offers entrepreneurs with general management skills the opportunity to claim a share of this lucrative market.

'Equally important though is the satisfaction I get from seeing a job well done,' continues Andy who now employs 15 members of staff from his office in Ilford. 'From carrying out the initial survey and managing the tradesmen on site, to seeing the look on the policyholder's face when the work is complete - you are involved in every stage of the process. There's no better feeling than the one you get when a client takes the time to write to you with a thank you for the work you have done on their home.'